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Rjupudi18
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Nandu007
Con (against)

Syrian Christians should be given priority when taking in refugees

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Started: 2/1/2017 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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Rjupudi18

Pro

President Trump stated in an interview with CBN News that persecuted Christians in Syria would be given priority when it comes to refugees admitted to the United States. I will support this notion while my opponent will argue against it.
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Nandu007

Con

The fairly new president Donald Trump, has stated that Syrian Christians will get priority for refugees to be admitted into the United States. But as we all know Trump has a particular hatred, or to put it lightly a prejudice against Muslims, and considering that only 10% of the Syrians are Christian and 90% Muslim, is this really much help? Before it is said that Christians are being targeted more than Muslims, I would like to state the fact that most ISIS attacks take place in prominently Muslim countries, but do these attacks don't get nearly, if any, media coverage as countries where the majority are Christian. And today I am here to prove that just because of one's faith or region does not mean that they should get priority over the rest of us, because at the end of the day, we're all human, and all want to be saved.
Debate Round No. 1
Rjupudi18

Pro

Thanks to my opponent for accepting this debate. I will begin by responding to some of the points my opponent made.

"But as we all know Trump has a particular hatred, or to put it lightly a prejudice against Muslims".
This may or may not be true. President Trump may really have prejudice against Muslims or he may be simply looking after his country and the security of its people. However, Trump's personal view on Muslims doesn't alter the threat Muslims pose to the United States and the American people.

"and considering that only 10% of the Syrians are Christian and 90% Muslim, is this really much help?"
Christians make up 10% of the Syrian population but only 0.5% of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States are Christian. This further affirms Trump's statement that it was harder for a Syrian Christian to get into the US than a Syrian Muslim. According to Newsweek, of the 10,801 Syrian refugees accepted by the US, only 56 were Christian. There is clearly a disproportionate ratio of refugees to population when it comes to Christians in Syria.

"I would like to state the fact that most ISIS attacks take place in predominantly Muslim countries"
That is because Muslim countries allow groups like ISIS to thrive. A virus can only survive and reproduce in an environment that allows it to survive and reproduce. When ISIS came to Syria, the Sunni Muslims welcomed them as saviours and liberators from the Assad regime which was predominantly Shia Muslim. But to their shock, ISIS was far worse than Assad and the tiny rebel group they had once welcomed had now become a mighty, oppressive Islamist force. ISIS wouldn't have grown to the size it is today if it wasn't for the "moderate" Muslims that supported it.

Now to my main arguments as to why Syrian Christians should be given priority when taking in refugees:
1) Persecution faced by Christians is not the same as that faced by Muslims
Muslims in Syria are killed for various reasons. Religion is not one of them. The vast majority of attacks against Muslims in Syria are carried out solely for political reasons and to send a message to the Assad regime. Christians on the other hand are killed for the only reason that they're Christians. Christians in Syria are facing religious persecution and genocide. Even more "moderate Muslim groups" have at least a minimal prejudice and hatred towards Christians. Christians are known to be more peaceful than their Muslim counterparts yet they're targeted by virtually most Muslim groups in the region.

2) Muslim pose a security threat to the United States
While not all Muslims are terrorists, it is a statistical fact that a larger group of Muslims directly correlate with a higher chance of Islamic terrorism in any given area. France for example has one of the highest Muslim populations in Europe and has been the target of recent attacks by Muslims in Europe. While there may be moderate Muslims in Syria, the lives of millions of Americans cannot be put in jeopardy for the sake of refugees.

3) Christians in the Middle East are going through a "holocaust"
Christians in the Middle East are decreasing in population and massively killed or converted by force. They're at the constant targets of Islamic extremists who see them as infidels and religiously inferiors. This notion is a grave danger to Christians and Christianity in the Middle East. Muslims are targeting Christians in the way that the Nazis targeted Jews in WWII. The United States needs to respond and save the Christians from Syria and other Muslim countries before all of them are wiped out.
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