Bishops say Refugee Ban Raises Deep Concerns Over Religious Freedom

Bishops say Refugee Ban Raises Deep Concerns Over Religious Freedom

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WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairmen of three U.S. bishops’ committees Jan. 31 expressed solidarity with the Muslim community and expressed deep concern over religious freedom issues they said President Donald Trump’s refugee ban raises.

Trump’s executive memorandum of Jan. 27 “has generated fear and untold anxiety among refugees, immigrants and others throughout the faith community in the United States,” said the committee chairmen in a joint statement. “In response we join with other faith leaders to stand in solidarity again with those affected by this order, especially our Muslim sisters and brothers.”

“We also express our firm resolution that the order’s stated preference for ‘religious minorities’ should be applied to protect not only Christians where they are a minority, but all religious minorities who suffer persecution, which includes Yezidis, Shia Muslims in majority Sunni areas, and vice versa,” said the statement from by Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski of Springfield, MA, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore and Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, NM. They are, respectively, the chairmen of the U.S.

Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty and Committee on International Justice and Peace.