The Syrian Refugee Crisis

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America--a once a proud leader in world politics, now cowers in hesitancy and in indecision. We have been presented a gift, in the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis, to retake our place as The Superpower, and what do we do? We would rather listen to bigots spew nonsense, have a circus sideshow perform, and only take half measures to show we are ‘doing our part’. How about we take a stand, and look through the facade, and do something. A common cause for concern--amongst our many incompetent citizens and leaders--is ‘what religion are the Syrian refugees’? Senator Ted Cruz, one of several Republican candidates for president, has proposed the Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act; “[barring] the U.S. from accepting refugees from countries ‘containing terrorist controlled territory’” (Farley et al.). This bill is obviously targeting Iraq and Libya and Syria. This proposal, at its core, is persecuting religion, for Sen. Cruz believes only Christians should be admitted into the U.S.: Christians who are being targeted for genocide, for persecution, Christians who are being beheaded or crucified, we should be provided safe haven to them… there is no meaningful risk of Christians committing acts of terror. (Davidson) But, the thing is… religion should not matter. Our country was founded upon the idea of freedom religion: ‘separation of church and state’. This simple phrase conveys comprehension of the objective and operation of the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise

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