Faith News in Focus: US to Deport Iraqi Christian Refugees, Setback for Pro-Life Legislation, Pope Visits US

By Julie Roys

US to Deport Iraqi Christian Refugees, Possibly Back to Islamic State

Fifteen of 27 Iraqi Christian refugees being held in a detention center in California will be deported—possibly back to the Islamic State. The refugees, who fled persecution in their home country, have been held four six months charged with illegally entering the country to claim asylum. The move has reignited questions about the Obama administration’s definition of a refugee. It currently only includes those being persecuted by their government—which does not included ISIS victims.

Candidates Gather at Values Voter Summit

Eight Republican presidential candidates, including Donald Trump, will address the Family Research Council’s annual Values Voter Summit this week in Washington, D.C. I will be at the Summit, interviewing candidates and broadcasting a special episode of Up for Debate on Saturday at 11 a.m. CDT on Moody Radio.  

Senate Fails to Pass Ban on Abortion 20 Weeks

Democrats defeated a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks Tuesday. The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would have saved 18,000 unborn babies from abortions every year. 

Although the bill failed, Senator James Lankford told me that bills like this are an excellent opportunity to raise Americans’ awareness about the grim reality of abortion.  “There are only 7 countries in the world that allow elective abortions at five months,” Lankford said. “We’re in an elite group with Vietnam and North Korea and China. And, I’d like to get us out of that group and to say the United States has determined that when a child feels pain, that we no longer do abortions for that child.”

Christian Colleges at Source of CCCU Conflict Resign Membership

Eastern Mennonite University and Goshen College resigned their membership in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in order to spare “significant division” within the group. Both colleges decided to permit the employment of faculty and staff in same-sex marriages, causing a debate within the organization of more than 120 Christian colleges and universities. 

Biden Says Life Begins at Conception, But Won’t Say it To Others

Vice President Joe Biden, a Catholic and possible candidate for president, said that he accepts the Church’s position that life begins at conception, but won’t say that to people who disagree. He said that as a Catholic, he believes “every human being is entitled to be treated with dignity.” But apparently not babies. 

Pope Francis Says U.S. Most Protect Religious Freedom

At the White House on Wednesday, Pope Francis said that religious liberty “remains one of America’s most precious possessions” and that Americans should “preserve and defend that freedom from everything that would threaten or compromise it.” He emphasized his point later in the day when he visited the Little Sisters of the Poor, the religious order of nuns currently suing for exemption from Obamacare rules that require them to provide contraceptive coverage to employees.

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1 thought on “Faith News in Focus: US to Deport Iraqi Christian Refugees, Setback for Pro-Life Legislation, Pope Visits US”

  1. Obama is a pitiful excuse for a president. I didn’t always see it that way but the last year he has shown his true anti Christian self. I cant stand too even look at a picture with him in it. I believe this next year he will abuse his executive orders too an unprecedented scale. He should be impeached for what he has already done.

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