It is not certain than in the transition to the White House, the specialist on minority religions in the Middle East has found his desk and been able to open his files. The ill-considered ban on Muslim refugees and visa applicants set in motion by President Trump had an “escape clause” concerning non-Muslim minorities who were being persecuted or at least under stress from the seven countries cited. These religious minorities might even be given a priority to enter the USA. Only Christians were mentioned, but the Middle East has a host of religious groups with a long history but with a theology that is not always clear or at least not discussed with those outside the faith.
In 2016, President-elect Donald Trump threatened to put Muslim citizens on a registry, once elected. Let's continue building a nation that welcomes all people in 2017 in the spirit of Emma Lazarus' poem “The New Colossus”.
Although there were hundreds of speeches delivered at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, only one will be remembered past November. It was the one given by the parents of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004 when a car blew up after he told his troops to stand back.
On Monday we issued a statement of mourning and sympathy from our executive director, Rev. Kristin Stoneking, regarding the horrendous violence that occurred over the weekend - here you will find some essential amendments.
FOR's executive director sends love and sympathy to the friends and families of those killed and gravely wounded in Orlando, and expresses concern about the perpetuation of violence as a result of this heinous crime.
Rep. Paul Ryan publicized his endorsement of Donald Trump's presidential campaign within moments of hosting a meeting with staff and members of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, along with supporters of FOR's #GiveRefugeesRest campaign, a national campaign to end Islamophobia.
This February Kristin Stoneking led a delegation of FOR staff, members, and allies, including five refugees and immigrants, to Speaker Ryan's office in Washington, DC. We brought your deep concerns about rising attacks on Muslims in the United States and the immoral political agenda that has resisted refugee resettlement in our nation. Speaker Ryan's legislative director, Katie Donnell, received our delegation — and some of your #GiveRefugeesRest pillowcases — with respect and attentiveness.