Controversy Surrounding Christian Refugees

In this article from CNN, it talks about how President Trump will give preferential treatement to Christian Syrian refugees trying to enter the US, as opposed to Muslim refugees. While this seems absurd to the majority of Americans, Trump believes he is doing the right thing because, in his own words, “Everybody was persecuted, in all fairness — but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them.” I am curious to know if believed Muslim Syrians were the ones in more immediate danger, would he prioritize them over Christians? This controversy also goes hand in hand with Trump’s new “Travel Ban,” which many are calling a “Muslin Ban.” Trump has been accused by many around the world of being prejudice and intolerant towards other religions, and his political actions have reinforced this idea. This idea relates to our class discussion on Monday about religion as a source of cohesion and also conflict. I think in today’s political climate, religion is definitely a source of conflict, especially when our leaders are promoting fear and intolerance, rather than acceptance and peace.