Two opposing opinions about millions of Muslims

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

Muslim man prayingThere are differing opinions about sympathy for Muslims, and for Muslim refugees, from a longtime theologian and an organization that helps persecuted Christians. 

"Wouldn't it be easier to let Muslim refugees go to Muslim countries and let Christian refugees come to Christian countries?" asks Dr. Richard Land, a longtime political observer who is now president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina.

But a spokesperson for Open Doors USA warns that threats to shut Muslims out of the United States can backfire against Christians who are being persecuted for their faith.

"If we don't stand up for them here in the U.S.," says Emily Fuentes, "it's a lot less likely that moderate Muslims will be standing up for Christians. It's hard for us to ask them to do it when we're not willing to do it here."

Land, Dr. Richard (SBC, ERLC)How Muslims are treated in the United States can impact persecuted Christians in other parts of the world, she insists.

Land says Americans should have passion for refugees from overseas – but also for fellow Americans. It's true that Christians need to show compassion and welcome the stranger.

"But I don't have the moral right to expose my neighbors to danger without their prior permission," he says. "So we not only have to have compassion for the refugees.  We have to have compassion for our own citizens."

The images of suffering refugees are "terrible" to watch, Land says, but so were the images from the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, where children who were "torn apart by bombs planted by terrorists."

The two Tsarnaev brothers who planted the bombs had come to America on tourism visas and applied for political asylum once they arrived. 

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