- - Sunday, December 27, 2015

The indifference and ineptitude shown by immigration policies and the State Department to Jewish refugees during World War II is again rearing its ugly head: this time with regard to Syrian-Christian refugees. In the early 1940s, the low immigration quota for Jewish refugees was largely due to prevalent anti-Semitism. Today’s extremely low quota for Syrian Christians appears to be the result of a similar sort of bias, which is stark when you compare the admission numbers of Christians and Muslims.

The Washington-based Center for Security Policy recently released data showing that of an estimated three million Syrian refugees, approximately 500,000 to 700,000 are Christians. Most recent State Department statistics show that of 2,184 Syrian refugees admitted to the United States since civil war began in Syria in 2011, only 53 (2.4 percent) were Christians, while 2,098 (96 percent) were Muslims.

What can be the explanation for this disparity in numbers? Apathy, secularism, political correctness, and anti-Christian bias have long been on the rise in various sectors of American society.

Should not a nation still vastly numbered by Christians try to save more of its fellow Christians abroad? If this is not who we are, then who are we?

BERNARD BUDNEY



Temecula, Calif.

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