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The Church of Scientology supports Syrian refugee resettlement in the U.S.

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    The Church of Scientology supports Syrian refugee resettlement in the U.S.

    Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns: Religious leaders' letter supporting refugee resettlement

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    The following is the text of the letter sent to President Trump and all members of Congress on January 25, 2017. Download a copy of the letter here.

    Dear President Trump and Members of Congress,

    As religious leaders from a variety of backgrounds, we are called by our sacred texts and faith traditions to love our neighbor, accompany the vulnerable, and welcome the sojourner. War, conflict and persecution have forced people to leave their homes, creating more refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people than at any other time in history. More than 65 million people are currently displaced – the largest number in recorded history.

    This nation has an urgent moral responsibility to receive refugees and asylum seekers who are in dire need of safety. Today, with more than five million Syrian refugees fleeing violence and persecution and hundreds of thousands of civilian casualties, the United States has an ethical obligation as a world leader to reduce this suffering and generously welcome Syrian refugees into our country. We call on the Trump Administration and all members of the U.S. Congress to demonstrate moral leadership and affirm their support for the resettlement of refugees from all over the world to the United States. This nation has a rich history as a leader in refugee resettlement, with significant precedent, including after World War II and after the fall of Saigon, when we resettled hundreds of thousands of refugees.

    It is important to recognize that the United States has the most rigorous refugee screening process in the world, involving the Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and National Counter Terrorism Center. The process includes biometric checks, medical screenings, forensic testing of documents, DNA testing for family reunification cases, and in-person interviews with highly trained homeland security officials.

    The U.S. Refugee Resettlement program has been and should remain open to those of all nationalities and religions who face persecution on account of the reasons enumerated under U.S. law. We oppose any policy change that would prevent refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen, or individuals who practice Islam and other faiths from accessing the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Proposals that would have the U.S. State Department disqualify refugees from protection based on their nationality or religion fly in the face of the very principles this nation was built upon, contradict the legacy of leadership our country has historically demonstrated, and dishonor our shared humanity.

    As the United States joins the world in seeking ways to meaningfully respond to the global refugee crisis, it is paramount that the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program stay true to its mandate to resettle the most vulnerable. Vulnerable individuals from a host of religions, ethnicities and backgrounds have been and should continue to be resettled in the United States.

    Together, representing our various faiths, we decry derogatory language that has been used about Middle Eastern refugees and our Muslim friends and neighbors. Inflammatory rhetoric has no place in our response to this humanitarian crisis. We ask our elected officials and candidates for office to recognize that new Americans of all faiths and backgrounds contribute to our economy, our community, and our congregations. Refugees are an asset to this country. They are powerful ambassadors of the American Dream and our nation’s founding principles of equal opportunity, religious freedom, and liberty and justice for all.

    As people of faith, our values call us to welcome the stranger, love our neighbor, and stand with the vulnerable, regardless of their religion. We pray that in your discernment, compassion for the plight of refugees will touch your hearts. We urge you to be bold in choosing moral, just policies that provide refuge for vulnerable individuals seeking protection.


    National and International Leaders:

    The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

    Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

    The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ

    Rev. A. Roy Medley, General Secretary, American Baptist Churches and Chair, National Council of Churches

    Bishop Warner H Brown, Jr, President of the Council of Bishops, The United Methodist Church and Resident Bishop, The San Francisco Area

    The Reverend George Francis Flowers, Executive Director, Global Witness and Ministry, African Methodist Episcopal Church

    Rev. Dr. Michael D. Castle, President, Alliance of Baptists

    Dr. Steve Timmermans, Executive Director, Christian Reformed Church in North America

    Stanley J. Noffsinger, General Secretary, Church of the Brethren

    Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the U.S. and Canada

    Jonathan Greenblatt, National Director, Anti-Defamation League

    William Bernstein, Executive Director, Jewish World Watch

    Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and Senior Vice President, Union for Reform Judaism

    Mark Hetfield, President & CEO, HIAS

    Nancy K. Kaufman, CEO, National Council of Jewish Women

    Debbie Hoffmann, President, National Council of Jewish Women

    Rabbi Jill Jacobs, T’ruah: the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

    Jim Winkler, President, National Council of Churches

    Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO, Church World Service

    Rev. Dr. Earl D. Trent Jr. Chairman of the Board of Directors Church World Service

    Linda Hartke, President and CEO, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

    Stephan Bauman, President, World Relief

    Jim Wallis, President and Founder, Sojourners

    William J Blacquiere, President and CEO of Bethany Christian Services

    Rev. Peter Morales, President, Unitarian Universalist Association

    Fr. Timothy P. Kesicki, S.J., President of the U.S. Jesuit Conference

    Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director, NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby

    Marcia Allen, CSJ, President, Leadership Conference of Women Religious

    Sr. Patricia Chappell, Executive Director, Pax Christi USA

    Sister Margaret Magee, OSF, President, Franciscan Action Network

    Sister Patricia McDermott, RSM, President, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

    Bishop Francis E. Krebs, Presiding Bishop of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion

    Sr. Ellen Kelly, RGS, Congregational Leader, Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd.

    Gerry G. Lee, Director, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

    Rev. Ron Stief, Executive Director, National Religious Campaign Against Torture

    Diane Randall, Executive Secretary, Friends Committee on National Legislation

    Anwar A. Khan, CEO, Islamic Relief USA

    Salam Al-Marayati, President, Muslim Public Affairs Council

    Sayeed Siddiqui, President, Muslim Youth of North America

    Catherine Orsborn, Director, Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign

    Atiya Aftab, Esq., Co-founder and Chair, Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom

    Scott Wright, Director, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, U.S. Region, Missionary Society of St. Columban

    Rev. Fr. Antonio Ponce OMI, Director – Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate-Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation

    Rev. Susan Taylor, National Public Affairs Director, Church of Scientology National Affairs Office

    Rev. John Guttermann, Lead, Conversations With Friends

    Rev. Dr. William Schulz, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

    Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Vice President of Community Engagement, HIAS

    Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer, Educator, Community Engagement, HIAS

    Nathan Hosler, Director, Office of Public Witness, Church of the Brethren

    Sandra Sorensen, Director, Washington Office, United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries

    Colin Watson, Director of Ministries and Administration, Christian Reformed Church in North America

    Sister Patricia McDermott, RSM, President, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

    Rob Rutland-Brown, Executive Director, National Justice for Our Neighbors

    Carol Barton, Executive for Community Action, United Methodist Women, National Office

    Carol Bremer-Bennett, World Renew, US Director

    Mary E. Hunt, PhD, Co-founder and Co-director, Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER)

    Rabbi Marla J. Feldman, Executive Director, Women of Reform Judaism

    Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President, Union for Reform Judaism

    Rev. Dr. Elder Nancy L Wilson, Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches

    Rev. Leah C. M. Lonsbury, Clergy Care Specialist, The Alliance of Baptists

    Rev. Paula Clayton Dempsey, Director of Partnership Relations, Alliance of Baptists

    Rev. Ronald J. Degges, President, Disciples Home Missions

    Rev. Ken Brooker-Langston, Director, Disciples Center for Public Witness

    Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Director, Refugee & Immigration Ministries, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

    Dr. Peter Makari, Executive, Middle East and Europe, Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ

    Rev. Dr. James Moos, Co-Executive, Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ

    Rev. Julia Brown Karimu, Co-Executive, Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ

    Carol Blythe, Past President, Alliance of Baptists

    Rev. Aundreia Alexander, Esq, Associate General Secretary for Action and Advocacy for Justice and Peace, National Council of Churches

    Rev, Barbara L. Carter, Interfaith and Ecumenical Officer, Community of Christ

    Marie Dennis, Co-President, Pax Christi International

    Mr. Armando Borja, Regional Director, Jesuit Refugee Service North America

    Sr. Jeanine Retzer, Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother United States/Caribbean Province

    Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews, Director of Clergy Organizing, PICO National Network

    Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, Ecumenical Officer, Council of Bishops, The United Methodist Church, Vice Moderator, World Council of Churches

    Charlotte Haberaecker, President & CEO, Lutheran Services in America

    Carol Bremer-Bennett, U.S. Director of World Renew

    Dalit Baum, The American Friends Service Committee

    Sr. Rose Therese Nolta, Servarum Spiritus Sancti, Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters – Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation, USA

    Marjorie White, President, Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis

    Rev. LeDayne McLeese Polaski, Executive Director, Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, Bautistas por la Paz

    Rev. Michael Neuroth, Policy Advocate for International Issues

    Sister Donna Preston, OSF, Coordinator of Justice & Peace Team, School Sisters of St. Francis, U.S. Province

    The Rev. Roger R. Gustafson, Bishop, Central States Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

    Sister Eileen Brynda, Sinsinawa Dominican Leadership Team

    Sister Patricia A. Lowery, MMS, MD, Coordinator , Medical Mission Sisters

    Sister Catherine Waldron, SNDdeN, United States East-West Province of the Sisters of Notre Dame Leadership Team

    Rev. Mary E. Jacobs, Co-Moderator, Disciples Peace Fellowship, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

    Rev. Denise Turner, International Disciples Women’s Ministries Executive Council Member

    Rev. Kathy McDowell, Editor of Just Women Magazine, published by Disciples Women

    Rev. Dr. Olivia Bryan Updegrove

    Sister Brenda Cousins, C.S.C., General Secretary, Sisters of the Holy Cross

    Sister Kathleen Bryant RSC, Religious Sisters of Charity

    Sister Mary Christopher Moore, Felician Sisters, Our Lady of Hope Province

    Kate Hendel, BVM, Vice-President, Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    Mira Mosle, BVM, Vice-president, Sisters of Charity, BVM

    Sr. Rose Marie Jasinski, CBS Leader, Sisters of Bon Secours, USA

    Teri Hadro, BVM, President, Sisters of Charity, BVM

    Rev. Dr. Kenneth J Meyers, Knollwood Baptist Church

    Rabbi Amy Eilberg, College of Saint Benedict and St. John’s Univeristy

    Sister Joan O’Sullivan, Provincial Leader of Union of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, US Unit

    Rev. Leah Grundset Davis, Alliance of Baptists

    Sister Margaret Bulmer,Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston Office of Social Concerns

    Kathlyn Mulcahy, OP, Dominican Sisters of Springfield

    Sister Marjorie White, President, Sisters of St. Joseph, TOSF

    Bishop F. Herbert Skeete, Rtd. United Methodist Church

    Sr. Ann Oestreich, IHM, U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking

    Andrew G. Lang, Executive Director, Open and Affirming Coalition, United Church of Christ

    Imam Daayiee Abdullah, President and CEO, MECCA Institute

    Rev. Rodney McKenzie, Jr., Director of the Academy for Leadership and Action, National LGBTQ Task Force

    Sister Danielle Bonetti for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

    Sr. Rose Therese Nolta, SSpS, Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters – JPIC, USA

    Sr. Teri Hadro, BVM, President, Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    The Rev’d Margaret R Rose, Deputy for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations, The Episcopal Church

    Bishop Joaquina Filipe Nhanala, United Methodist Church, Mozambique Episcopal Area

    Rev. Shannon Jammal-Hollemans, Christian Reformed Church

    Bishop Heinrich Bolleter, The United Methodist Church, Central and Southern Europe

    Rev. Kephas Otieno Oloo, Vice-Chair GBCS, The United Methodist Church, Africa Central Conference

    Bishop Elias Galvan, Retired, United Methodist Church and Executive Director, MARCHA (Methodist Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans)

    Rev. Diane Y.Mettam, Director of Prayer Ministry, United Methodist DisAbility Task Force

    Mr. Chett Pritchett, Executive Director, Methodist Federation for Social Action

    Bishop S.Clifton Ives, The United Methodist Church, retired

    Bishop Forrest C. Stith, Retired

    Clay F. Lee, Bishop retired, The United Methodist Church

    Bishop William W. Hutchinson, The United Methodist Church, Retired

    Bishop Charlene Kammerer, Bishop, The United Methodist Church, Retired

    Ray W. Chamberlain, Jr, Ret. Bishop, United Methodist Church

    Bishop Peter D.Weaver, The United Methodist Church

    Bishop Ernest S. Lyght, Retired, The United Methodist Church

    Bishop Sharon Zimmerman Rader, retired, The United Methodist Church

    Bishop Joseph H. Yeakel, retired The United Methodist Church

    Bishop Al Gwinn, The United Methodist Church, Retired

    Rev. Dr . Thomas Hudspeth, Pastor of the Deaf, the United Methodist Church

    Bishop Alfred Johnson, retired Bishop, The United Methodist Church

    Bishop Susan W. Hassinger, The United Methodist Church, Retired

    President of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis, Stevens Point, WI


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    Advocates for the refugee program don’t eagerly tell us that they get 10k to 20k per head and that they are essentially industry spokesmen but the flip side of this is the Interfaith Dialogue. There is a lot of incentive for the various religious groups to participate in the Interfaith cooperative efforts to both advance their own agendas and to neutralize opposition within the religious community.

    Islam’s representatives are willing to make alliances with Catholics, but not necessarily because they share the same values. Islamic leaders are just as likely to form alliances with secular leftists as with Catholic bishops. Again, this is not because they see eye-to-eye with the secular Left but because they see a political advantage. One of the major mistakes Christians make about Islam is to fail to understand its political nature. Unlike Christianity, subjugation of other religions and cultures is at its core. In this regard, it’s worth noting that the game of chess, which originated in India, was greatly improved upon once it reached Muslim lands. Strategy is an important concept in a warrior culture. Arguably, it is even more important to the twenty-first-century practitioners of stealth jihad — the process of spreading Islam by means of cultural rather than armed warfare. While bishops may regard their Muslim counterparts as “dialogue partners,” it is quite likely that not a few of their partners regard the bishops as pawns in the very serious game of Islamic expansion.
    We could examine more of Cardinal Dolan’s assertions about Islamic values — “your defense of life, your desire for harmony and unity,” etc. — but it’s more important to consider his appearance at the mosque in the larger context of long-term Islamist strategy. The strategy is essentially the same as the one that Italian political theorist Antonio Gramsci recommended to communists in the 1930s — namely, the “long march through the institutions.” The Islamic version of the strategy was first outlined by Hasan al-Bana, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, and then developed by theorists such as Sayyid Qutb and Maulana Mawdudi. More recently, the strategy has been used to great effect by Prime Minister Recep Erdogan in gradually transforming secularist Turkey into an Islamist society. The strategy includes the West as well. A secret twenty-page document written in 1991 by a member of the Board of Directors of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America and later obtained by the FBI, sets forth the group’s mission as “a grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers.”

    “From within…by their hands.” The author seems to have a good grasp of the Western penchant for cooperating in its own undoing. The long march through the institutions doesn’t need to take that much time when the institutions are throwing open the doors and putting out the welcome mat. One of the institutions that the Muslim Brotherhood aims to influence and manipulate is the Catholic Church. Representatives of Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups such as the Islamic Society of North America and the Islamic Circle of North America have already managed to get themselves appointed as the bishops’ main dialogue partners in the U.S. Moreover, numerous Catholic colleges seem also to have succumbed to the charms of Islam. Some of the Islamic studies courses served up to Catholic students and seminarians might as well have “Made in Saudi Arabia” stamped on the front. In addition, Catholic high schools can generally be counted on to present a whitewashed picture of Islam.