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Obama Slams Suggested Religious Test for Syrian Refugees as ‘Shameful’


WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 02:  Former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell testifies before the House Select Intelligence Committee April 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony on the topic of "The Benghazi Talking Points and Michael J. Morell's Role in Shaping the Administration's Narrative."  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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.

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GOP presidential candidates like former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Ted Cruz have suggested halting the admission of Muslim Syrians during the screening process for asylum in the United States.

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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