Late last night the ACLU announced that a federal judge in Brooklyn, Ann M. Donnelly, “issued an emergency stay against President Donald Trump’s executive order nanning immigration from certain predominantly Muslim countries, temporarily allowing people who have landed in the United States with a valid visa to remain.” – Ben Dreyfus; Mother Jones
The stay does not mean that the detainees will be released from custody at the airports; only that they cannot be deported at this time.
The ruling came after a tumultuous day of persons being detained upon re-entry into the United States after returning from one of the seven countries included in the president’s executive order.
President’ Trump said that he would “prioritize” cases of Christians who are persecuted in those countries.
Yet, a Christian-Syrian family, was sent back to Syria after arriving in the U.S. at the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania airport.
President’s executive order not doing Christians any favors
I applaud President Trump for saying that he wants to help persecuted Christians. However, this is not the way to do that.
The executive order will only hurt Christians.
- Certain groups, militants, and governments do not need another excuse to hate Christians. I fear that the president’s order will bring more wrath upon our fellow Christian brothers and sisters in the seven countries on the current ban list.
- By stating that he will favor Christian refugees over other refugees, only encourages false proclamation of the Christian faith by people desperate to escape their countries or refugee camps. There’s nothing to stop someone from learning and claiming “Shibboleth“.
- Christians in the U.S. are being pitted against one another, and non-believers are becoming more critical of Christians.
Christian mission organizations response
Open Doors, USA and International Christian Concern have not yet issued statements or social media posts weighing in on the order.
Jim Jacobson of Christian Freedom International supports the executive order.
“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14). May you have and share the peace of Christ with everyone, so that they may see the Lord in you and not turn away from Him.
In Jesus’ name,
Editors note: I was saddened that Open Doors and ICC have not yet weighed in on the matter, and that Jim Jacobson supports the order. How can we say that we defend religious freedom around the world, yet not defend the First Amendment here at home? Their silence and/or support says to me that they are only for religious freedom of Christians; yet the only way religious freedom works is if it is the same for everyone.
I do not want you to hear what I am not saying. I do not support those who persecute Christians. I do not believe that we should just admit anyone to the U.S. without proper vetting.
I just believe that if I want religious freedom for Christians around the world, I cannot defend policies that attack others’ religious freedoms.