Many prominent Christian and political figures are denouncing Donald Trump for his call Monday to temporarily bar Muslims from entering the United States. Trump made the remarks on the deck of the USS Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
A statement released by the Trump campaign reads: "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."
The statement continues: "Most recently, a poll from the Center for Security Policy released data showing '25 percent of those polled agreed that violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad,' and 51 percent of those polled, 'agreed that Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to Shariah." more >>
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Trump, the leading Republican presidential candidate, announced Monday his plan to ban all Muslims from entering the country. While the intial announcement was short on specifics, Trump explained how the plan would work Tuesday morning on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
Border agents, explained Trump to co-host Willie Geist, "would say, 'are you Muslim?'" more >>
The Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Monday that the U.S. intelligence community has found evidence that Islamic State fighters in Syria have attempted to infiltrate the Syrian refugee resettlement program to gain entrance into the United States.
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, spoke at National Defense University in Washington D.C. on Monday about the "state of Homeland Security" and argued that homeland security in the United States is at its "highest threat environment since 9/11."
McCaul explained that he and members of the Homeland Security Committee were recently briefed by members of the intelligence community. As the U.S. government plans to resettle as many as 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next fiscal year, McCaul said that he was told by the intelligence community that ISIS fighters have attempted to take advantage of the Syrian refugee resettlement program. more >>
NEW YORK — Al Sharpton called Republican 2016 presidential frontrunner Donald Trump's pending meeting with a group of black pastors on Monday a "smart thing" but warned the clergymen not to be "trumped by Trump."
"It's a smart thing he's doing to meet with black ministers 'cause the majority of black voters still go to church and that's why we are conveniently Democrats. But the question is, now that you're in the room with them can you fill the room with answering real questions," said Sharpton.
The civil rights activist and Baptist minister revealed at a press conference at the National Action Network's Harlem headquarters in New York City on Monday that he has spoken to a number of the ministers scheduled to meet with Trump in the now controversial meeting and he urged them "don't let him off the hook." more >>
WASHINGTON — As the debate over whether Syrian refugees should be allowed to resettle in the United States has heated up following the Islamic State's attack on Paris, a panel of refugee resettlement experts briefed congressional staffers on Monday about the facts behind the U.S.' refugee resettlement process.
While over 4 million refugees have fled Syria due to the ongoing civil war and the rise of the IS, also called ISIS or ISIL, many politicians and presidential candidates have argued that allowing Syrian refugees to enter the U.S. will make the American public more susceptible to terrorist attacks from extremists who have infiltrated the resettlement system.
However, such rhetoric does not match up with the facts provided by the panel, which included representatives from three of the nine agencies authorized to resettle refugees inside the U.S., and other human rights experts. more >>
The United States government has a "God-given responsibility" to secure its borders and "protect its citizens" from extremists trying to infiltrate the country, Dallas megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress has said.
Following the Islamic State's attacks in Paris earlier this month, Americans remain largely divided on whether the U.S. should allow Syrian refugees to resettle inside the country.
As the Obama administration gears up to resettle up to 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next fiscal year, many Christian conservatives have argued that granting them asylum in the U.S. will make the nation more susceptible to attacks from jihadis who have infiltrated the resettlement program. more >>