Religions are not equal when it comes to evaluating refugees. There are non-sectarian reasons to favor members of minority faiths, especially in the Middle East where religious minorities have suffered disproportionately.
U.S. officials have never felt comfortable confronting the crime of religious persecution. They have few answers to offer other than pressing unwilling governments to better protect politically unpopular minorities.
The legislation comes on the first day of the 114th Congress and right before a meeting with top Jewish donors.
Lawyers for the Obama admin. compared Israel’s control of Jerusalem to Russian claims over the Ukrainian territory of Crimea during oral arguments this week before the SCOTUS in a case concerning the rights of US citizens to list Jerusalem as part of Israel on their passports.
"The MSM's deplorable unfair treatment of Israel is very similar to how it treats the Tea Party. The MSM is spinning its reporting to brand the victims intolerant, racist, and hate-filled aggressors. The MSM obviously seeks the destruction of Israel and the Tea Party. God is on the side of Israel & the Tea Party."
In the face of violent anti-Semitism and near riots by Islamists from Boston to Los Angeles you can’t find a statement from a major national figure in America condemning the violence toward Jews.
To George Washington freedom of conscience and religion were natural rights and one of the great achievements of the American Revolution was "no more that toleration is spoken of as if it were the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights..."