Jerusalem archbishop criticizes U.S. immigration restrictions

Posted Feb 14, 2017

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop Mouneer Hanna Anis, primate of the Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, has described U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to restrict entry to the United States from seven Muslim-majority nations as a “naive” solution based on “generalization and discrimination.” He also criticized the decision to prioritize the refugee applications of Christians in the Middle East.

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  1. Tony Oberdorfer says:

    Archbishop Mouneer’s foolish comments deserve a response. In writing that the “Oklahoma City bombing, we recall, was conducted by an American, not a Muslim,” he is (perhaps inadvertently) saying that Muslims cannot be Americans.

    I rejoice to see that Archbishop Mouneer acknowledges “the right of the government to protect the nation from terrorism,” but regret his criticism of “the decision to prioritise the refugee applications of Christians in the Middle East.” Is he possibly unaware of the fact that thousands of fellow Christians have been brutalized and killed in the most savage manner by Muslims otherwise intent on killing each other? Surely the relative handful of Middle East Christians who remain deserve special treatment and it is bizarre to see the Archbishop saying otherwise.

    I wonder if he would change his tune if some colleague in Jerusalem had his head chopped off by a Muslim terrorist.

    1. Michael Hess says:

      Ummm, I don’t know where you are from but I am in the United States. This kind of religious discrimination is simply un-American and I believe that Arch Bishop Mouneer’s comments are addressing that fact.

      1. Tony Oberdorfer says:

        Religious discrimination is not the issue and to call the desire to save fellow Christians from death for being Christian “simply un-American” is just silly.

        1. Michael Hess says:

          ““…the decision to prioritise the refugee applications of Christians in the Middle East.”

          That is religious discrimination in favor of one religion over another for REFUGEES who should all be treated EQUALLY.

          That’s a core tenet in the United States of America. The priority should be equally for those who are most in need first, and then down the line. That is a defendable position.

          Don’t speak about “beheading” and use Jerusalem as an example without first studying up on Avigdor Lieberman and his call for “chopping the heads off” of “disloyal Arabs” at Herzliya in March 2015.

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