Surprise! U.N. reason no Christians among refugees

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

U.N. building in NYC (United Nations)A religious think tank is pushing for changes to America's refugee resettlement policy, which is not permitting self-identified Christians to seek refuge.

OneNewsNow reported in recent days that less than three percent of 2,184 Syrian refugees allowed into the U.S. since 2011 were Christians.

According to 2015 figures maintained by the State Department, nothing has changed during the current fiscal year: 97 percent of resettled Syrian refugees identify as Muslim.

The problem, explains Mark Tooley of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, is that the U.S. accepts refugees who come from UN-run refugee camps.

Tooley, Mark (IRD)But Christian refugees avoid those camps, he says, because they face the same persecution and terror from which they fled. 

The State Department, meanwhile, claims there's no policy of discrimination.

"And so there needs to be other avenues opened up to the Christians to allow them to have equal opportunity for coming to the U.S.," Tooley tells OneNewsNow.

Under U.S law, persecuted groups are supposed to receive favor if they seek safety in the United States. One of those allowances for acceptance is religous persecution.

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