Obama Slams Suggested Religious Test for Syrian Refugees as ‘Shameful’
By ALEXANDER MALLIN and JOHN PARKINSON
President Obama today condemned those who have called for denying Syrian refugees entry to the United States because of the deadly attacks in Paris Friday.
“That’s shameful. That’s not American. That’s not who we are,” Obama said to reporters at the G-20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey.
Obama, in particular, also targeted remarks from some Republicans in the wake of the attacks who have suggested screening refugees seeking entry into the United States to make sure they are Christians and not Muslims.
The governors of Michigan, Alabama and Texas have also become the first governors in the country to refuse to take in any Syrian refugees after last week’s attacks.
Obama stands opposed.
“We don’t have religious tests to our compassion,” Obama said. “We do not close our hearts to these victims of such violence and somehow start equating the issue of refugees with the issue ofterrorism.”
ABC News reported Sunday that at least one of the attackers in Paris hid himself
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