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house Bill H.R. 3942

Middle Eastern Genocide: Do Christians and Yazidis Need Priority Admission as Refugees?

Argument in favor

Christians and Yazidis in the Middle East are the victims of genocide, and the U.S. should give them priority status as refugees or immigrants if they to come to America.

Daniel 's Opinion
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10/04/2016
If it were specifically Buddhists or Muslims or any other religious group, this wouldn't even be a question. Everybody, for or against, needs to understand that this isn't a religious issue, nor is it an issue of American compatibility. It's a human issue, and if specifically Christian people or people of any other religious group are at a higher risk, they are the neediest refugees. Any decent atheist, Muslim, Christian, Democrat, Republican, etc. ought to be able to see through the politics to see the human issue at the heart of this.
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Jeiffel's Opinion
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10/04/2016
Anyone at heightened risk of slaughter should be given refugee priority.
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Nathan's Opinion
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10/04/2016
The logic here is not to favor certain religions, but rather to identify them as such because that is the cause of their persecution. If women were persecuted in Britain, no one would argue against expediting the refugee process of those women on the basis that it is giving preference to the female gender.
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Argument opposed

While the plight of Christian and Yazidi communities in the Middle East is awful, they shouldn’t receive expedited processing or priority status if they want to come to the U.S.

SouthernGal's Opinion
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10/04/2016
I believe this is unconstitutional. There should be no religious test.
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Wendy's Opinion
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10/04/2016
Human beings should not be treated differently based on religion. That's how white people got here in the first place. Lest we forget the New World was populated because of religious persecution.
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Ashman1994's Opinion
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10/04/2016
Priority to all refugees. We had such a hand in the upheaval of the region that this should be no-brainer.
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    If it were specifically Buddhists or Muslims or any other religious group, this wouldn't even be a question. Everybody, for or against, needs to understand that this isn't a religious issue, nor is it an issue of American compatibility. It's a human issue, and if specifically Christian people or people of any other religious group are at a higher risk, they are the neediest refugees. Any decent atheist, Muslim, Christian, Democrat, Republican, etc. ought to be able to see through the politics to see the human issue at the heart of this.
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    I believe this is unconstitutional. There should be no religious test.
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    Anyone at heightened risk of slaughter should be given refugee priority.
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    Human beings should not be treated differently based on religion. That's how white people got here in the first place. Lest we forget the New World was populated because of religious persecution.
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    Priority to all refugees. We had such a hand in the upheaval of the region that this should be no-brainer.
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    The logic here is not to favor certain religions, but rather to identify them as such because that is the cause of their persecution. If women were persecuted in Britain, no one would argue against expediting the refugee process of those women on the basis that it is giving preference to the female gender.
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    At this point in time, stop all illegitimate Muslim importation and continue with Christians/Yazidis, but only after full vetting and a short period of financial support. Christ promoted aid to those who need it, but only to the point where they become self sufficient. Parable-if you give a man a fish he is hungry again in an hour. If you teach him to catch a fish you do him a good turn. We don't need another group/class of takers or users. We need supporters of our Constitution and Capitalism.
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    From what I know these people are being targeted by terrorist organizations. If this is true then yes, they should be priority. If not then they should be treated equal as everyone else. It's about equity, not equality.
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    I believe that this prioritizes certain religions over another, and that is not right. Refugees deserve aid, but religion is not the right way to go about deciding who is helped and who isn't.
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    Our government is not allowed to favor any religious group. Sorry, but you get no special treatment based on which fairytale you prefer
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    These people are being slaughtered like animals in a butcher house by ISIS. Since they are being specifically targeted by ISIS, they are by definition a target of genocide. Genocide victims should take priority.
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    These people are being hunted down simply for claiming that Christ is Lord. They are being persecuted, children sold into slavery, and have no where else to go. They should take priority over groups of people that would fall under the Immigration Act of 1907. The act prohibits anybody that practices or believes in polygamy from entering the country which Islam does. We aren't enforcing it and we need to otherwise we will end up like Europe. The Yazidis and Christians don't mind the melting pot that we are, the Muslims do. They care more about us joining their massive cult or die. So yes, please bring the Yazidis and Christians in. They take priority.
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    This is not an "equality issue" as Christians are being targeted for their faith.
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    Ideally, we would not favor one community over another. But in that world, genocide wouldn't exist! The moral imperative to protect prosecuted groups presses this rosy worldview, upholds American values, and follows precedents.
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    As long as the Christians continue to not perform or sponsor terrorism, we need to treat them better than those who do
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    Religious discrimination is not a value of our America. All people fleeing death, famine, and general turmoil need protection, regardless of their personal, private faith. The vetting process for middle eastern refugees is already very strenuous, in other words, we already are implementing protocol that addresses the very real security concern. I ask my representatives to decidedly address this issue with clarity and wholeheartedness and not give in to the fearful, often baseless rhetoric which asserts that all of these people, faced with the threat of ISIS, air strikes, famine, civil war,etc. wish us harm. They just want their children to go to bed at night and not worry about being killed. And I would be glad to share my community with them, you should be too.
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    Christians from the Middle East are far more likely to become assimilated and share our values. They are also FAR LESS LIKELY to behead people who don't share their religious beliefs. I don't know about Yazidis. A number of people have scoffed at the idea that Muslim "refugees" pose a serious national security threat. I think such people are very ill informed. Do you REALLY think that what has happened in Europe is some kind of ANOMALY?! Are you blind and deaf to the problems Muslim "refugees" have already been causing in America?! If Islam didn't teach conversion, subjugation, or death to nonbelievers, we wouldn't be having this conversation, most likely. If it hadn't been PROVEN that the goal of Islam in America is to make Shariah Law the law of the land, we might not have reason to have "anti-Muslim" sentiments! Islam is NOT just another religion! If it were, you might have a case in crying "religious discrimination!" Islam is also an ideology that is a major threat to western civilization! WAKE UP AND SMELL THE JIHAD, PEOPLE! Violence is not the only aspect of jihad that we should worry about. Muslims are also actively waging cultural, legal, and economic jihad all over America (and everywhere else they live). FYI, I just came across this article: Poll: Majority of Americans Oppose Taking Syrian Refugees Into the U.S. (CNSNews.com) A Chicago Council on Global Affairs poll released Monday found that just 36 percent of Americans overall said they were in favor of “accepting Syrian refugees into the United States.” https://www.thechicagocouncil.org/publication/americans-support-limited-military-action-syria-against-isis The responses reflect a partisan split, with 56 percent of Democrats and 18 percent of Republicans in favor of accepting Syrian refugees. Support for accepting Syrian refugees has fallen overall from 42 percent in the 2014 poll. Democrat support has risen slightly from 55 to 56 percent since 2014 while Republican support has fallen from 27 to 18 percent. https://www.thechicagocouncil.org/sites/default/files/Syria%20Brief.pdf The 2016 poll also asked Americans about U.S. military actions in Syria. Overall those surveyed favored a limited amount of action. Seventy-two percent overall were in favor of conducting airstrikes against violent Islamic extremist groups and 57 percent favored sending Special Operations Forces into Syria to fight Islamic State terrorists. Just 42 percent overall supported sending combat troops into Syria. The 2016 Chicago Council Survey based its poll results on a national sample of 2,061 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia. The poll was conducted June 10-27. The margin of error ranges from plus or minus 2.2-3.5 percentage points, depending on the specific question. http://cnsnews.com/print/news/article/lauretta-brown/poll-majority-americans-oppose-taking-syrian-refugees-us
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    we should not accept people based on religion. We should accept refugees. Period.
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    Priority for all seeking refuge from war
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    My NAY vote is not based on being uninformed: I know that Christians & Yazidis are targeted. But so are Muslims of various sects. The meltdown in the Middle East that George W. Bush & his henchmen precipitated will outlive most of us. The only justification I can think of for giving priority to Christians & Yazidis is that it MAKES US FEEL BETTER. Modern American Christians are heavily into a persecution myth in which not getting to direct social policy in the United States makes them a persecuted minority. Au contraire! This would make the conservative Christian feel better about his personal racism & religious bigotry: come to my Orthodox Church with a group of Southern Baptists & see how many think we are Christians! I grew up in western NC where most church going people still don't believe Catholics are Christians. This is not about persecuted communities. This is about racism & bigotry focused on Muslims because no one has bothered not notice how "other" Yazidis & Middle Eastern Christians are!
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