A conservative activist says President Barack Obama was wrong to suggest that there shouldn't be a religious test for foreigners seeking entry into the United States as refugees.
"The fact of the matter," said Gary Bauer, "is that 10 percent of the Syrian population is Christian. They are most at risk from what can only be described as the threat of genocide."
Bauer made his comments this week in an interview with American Family Radio.
Yet those same Syrians, he said, who are being beheaded and crucified in their homeland by ISIS terrorists, make up less than three percent of the Syrian refugees being allowed into the U.S.
"So it appears the Obama administration does have a religious test," Bauer said, just one that weighs against Christians from the Middle East.
Citing statistics from the State Department, CNS News reported last week that 2,184 Syrians have been allowed into the U.S. since civil war broke out in 2011. Of that number, only 53 of them – 2.4 percent – identified as Christians.
The CNS story notes that President Obama called it "shameful" that some are suggesting allowing only Christians into the country, noting like Bauer that the State Department is actually keeping Christians out of the United States.
The published guidelines from the State Department also contradict Obama's stated suggestion that there shouldn't be a "religious test" for refugees. A foreigner seeking refugee status must have "well-founded" fear of persecution in their home country, and one of the "protected grounds" for entry is religious affiliation.
Bauer said he's worried about more than just allowing terrorists into the U.S. among the refugees.
"I'm worried whether we're bringing in people who hate Jews and hate Christians," he said. "Because every research, every poll that's been done in the Islamic world in the last decade, show that hatred of Jews and hatred of Christians is sky high in the Islamic world."