Many Christians who support President Trump’s executive order to restrict or ban travel between 7 Middle Eastern countries and the U.S. use the argument that it’s a good thing for persecuted Christians in those seven countries.
“Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough to get into the United States? If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair, everybody was persecuted in all fairness, but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair,” [President Trump quoted in an interview to The Brody File which will air today.
I couldn’t agree with President Trump more. Christians (and Muslims) in Syria have had it extremely tough under ISIS terrorists.
But a lot of other Christians have it tough, too.
In China, Ma Huichao was sentenced to 3 years in prison for holding a Bible study in her home. “Yang Hua, a house church pastor who has been detained since Dec. 9, 2015, was sentenced to two years and six months in prison by a court in China’s central Guizhou province . . .” (China Aid, 05 Jan. 2017). Churches in China are being destroyed, human rights activists tortured, and more. Yet, there is no ban on China.
In Nigeria, Christian churches in the north are being bulldozed, and in the last few months of 2016 “Fifty-three villages burned down, 808 people murdered and 57 wounded, 1,422 houses and 16 churches destroyed,” (Bagobiri, as quoted in The Christian Post). Yet, there is no ban on Nigeria.
Pakistan upholds blasphemy against Islam laws where it is punishable by death to proselytize or convert to another religion. Just today, 112 suspects held on suspect of burning Christian homes, churches and bibles in 2013 were acquitted for “lack of evidence“. Yet, there is no ban on Pakistan.
North Korean citizens, citizens of the worst offender of religious freedom in the world, cannot freely travel outside of their country without state permission, which is almost never granted, but U.S. citizens may travel there, although advised. Yet, there is no official ban on North Korea.
I could go on and on and on. There are a total of 50 countries on the Open Doors World Watch List, meaning there are 50 countries that overtly persecute Christians and other religious minorities. Yet, we are silent on the fate of these Christians.
I am not saying that Syrian Christians shouldn’t be helped. In fact, just the opposite. I have been crying out for a long time for someone to intervene on their behalf.
But, the executive order made by President Trump placing a temporary or indefinite ban on persons coming from Syria, Liby, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Yemen and Somalia seems arbitrary.
As a Christian, I do not want our president to use persecuted Christians as a stepping stone to support a hidden agenda. I do not want him instilling fear in American Christians in order to support his own militaristic plans.
I am not for the ban, based upon our Constitution, Bill of Rights and the firm belief in religious freedom for all, but if our president is hell-bent on this, then I have reason to ask some questions.
Why not a ban on other nations who do horrible things to their citizens, people of all religions?
Even if the argument is solely against members of ISIS and other militant Islamic groups , then there are plenty of other nations who breed terrorists and harm religious minorities, especially Christians.
Why not ban them, too?
And where is your moral outrage for atrocities, terrorism and persecution happening in other countries?
That’s what I want to know.