Christian Leaders Condemn Trump's Ban: 'Rushed, Chaotic, Cruel'

"Have we not repeated the disastrous decisions of those in the past who turned away other people fleeing violence?" said Cardinal Blase J. Cupich.

As President Donald Trump's ban against people in seven countries rocks not only the nation but the world as a whole, everyone who's someone has something to say about it. 

Christian leaders, in particular, are speaking up about the restrictions, which forbid immigrants, citizens, travelers, and refugees alike in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days. 

Here's what they have to say. 

1. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, the archbishop of Chicago:

"This weekend proved to be a dark moment in U.S. history," he said in a statement on the Archdiocese of Chicago website. "The executive order to turn away refugees and to close our nation to those, particularly Muslims, fleeing violence, oppression and persecution is contrary to both Catholic and American values. Have we not repeated the disastrous decisions of those in the past who turned away other people fleeing violence, leaving certain ethnicities and religions marginalized and excluded? We Catholics know that history well, for, like others, we have been on the other side of such decisions.

These actions impose a sweeping and immediate halt on migrants and refugees from several countries, people who are suffering, fleeing for their lives. Their design and implementation have been rushed, chaotic, cruel and oblivious to the realities that will produce enduring security for the United States. They have left people holding valid visas and other proper documents detained in our airports, sent back to the places some were fleeing or not allowed to board planes headed here."

2. Jose S. Vasquez, the chairman of the committee on migration for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:

 "We believe in assisting all, regardless of their religious beliefs," he said, according to a New York Time article.

3. Rev. Scott Arbeiter, the president of World Relief of the National Association of Evangelicals:

"We have no evidence that would support a belief that the Obama administration was discriminating against Christian populations," he said. "We're going to call out to our network, the 1,200 churches that are actively involved and ask them to use their voices to change the narrative, to challenge the facts that drive the fear so high that people would accept this executive order."

These Christian front-runners are making a distinct separation between Trump's policy and the convictions of the churches they lead  a commendable action, since Trump's decision appears to have been founded on the possible waging of a Christian war

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