By: Amanda Casanova | Religion Today Contributing Writer
Recently released statistics show that Christian refugees are being “unintentionally discriminated against” by the U.S. government’s refugee program.
According to Christian Today, the statistics show that only 2 percent of Syrian refugees allowed in the US since 2011 are Christian. More than 96 percent are Muslim, the US state department statistics show.
The nation’s refugee program relies on the United Nations refugee camps to decide who to accept into the United States, but Syrian and Iraqi Christian supporters say that Christians fleeing the violence avoid the camps because they feel they could be targeted there.
“Christians are not to be found in the UN camps, because they have been attacked and targeted by Islamists and driven from them,” said Lord Carey, former archbishop of Canterbury. “They are seeking refuge in private homes, church buildings and with neighbors and family.”
Since the fighting started in Syria in 2011, more than 2,200 Muslims have been accepted into the U.S. Only 53 Christians from Syria were accepted.
The U.S. refugee program is under fire after the attacks in Paris, in which it is speculated that the attackers may have entered Europe disguised as refugees.
In response, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has asked that there be a focus on admitting Christian refugees.
President Obama, however, said discriminating against Muslims is “not American.”