Iraqi Prelate and Trump’s anti-immigrant Order

The Iraqi archbishop who is saying “where were those people… “ as he is unhappy that people protest in favour of immigrants.. well victims of ISIS will NOT be able to go to the USA, how is this INHUMANE measure helping them? (Besides that IMHO he cannot know what everyone has done, protested, petitioned, posted, written, etc)

He says the policy offers support, but denying all entry is no support at all.

Ironically, the archbishop himself was denied permission to visit the US, for a scheduled discussion of religious persecution because of Trump’s policy!

Just my eurocent..

Now Pope Francis some months ago had written against Christians supporting Trump’s ban. He rejected

“the contradiction of those who want to defend Christianity in the West and, on the other hand, are against refugees and other religions.”

Francis explained:

“This is not something I’ve read in books, but I see in the newspapers and on television every day. The sickness or, you can say the sin, that Jesus condemns most is hypocrisy, which is precisely what is happening when someone claims to be a Christian but does not live according to the teaching of Christ. You cannot be a Christian without living like a Christian.”

The pope called on all countries to give

“service to the poorest, the sick (and) those who have abandoned their homelands in search of a better future for themselves and their families.” He argued that “in putting ourselves at the service of the neediest, we will experience that we already are united; it is God’s mercy that unites us.”

Essentially the Pope said that

“you cannot be a Christian without doing what Jesus teaches us in Matthew 25.”

That was a reference to the Parable of the Judgment, which states: “For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, A stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me. I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.

To add another voice: The WSJ has quoted Yonadam Kanna, a Christian MP leading the minorities bloc in the Iraqi parliament, who has no doubt Trump’s executive order will backfire on Iraqi Christians.

“This will lead to new discrimination. It will reflect very negatively on minorities,”

Kanna said.

He also stressed that while Middle East Christians “appreciate the feeling of support for vulnerable communities,” what they would like President Trump to do “is to help us to stay, not to emigrate.”

Earlier this week, according to Aletia, the head of Iraq’s largest Christian denomination, the Chaldean Catholic Church, Patriarch Louis Raphael I, commented on the Trump ban saying that any preferential treatment will likely encourage “propaganda and prejudice that attack native Christian communities of the Middle East as ‘foreign bodies,’” or worse, as being “supported and defended by Western powers.

Raphael I said

“These discriminating choices, create and feed tensions with our Muslim fellow citizens. Those who seek help do not need to be divided according to religious labels. And we do not want privileges.”