President Trump's discriminatory policy
Some of the crowd with their Christian Aid placards in the Cardiff protest
A rejection of refugees, whatever their faith, is a rejection of Christian values, UK-based charity Christian Aid has warned today.
Responding to President Trump’s comments over the weekend, in which he asserted his intention to prioritise Syrian Christian refugees, Christian Aid has spoken out against favouring specific religious minorities, saying that to do so ignores the central message of the Gospel.
Huw Thomas, Head of Christian Aid in Wales, who is attending tonight’s rally in Cardiff against Trumps Executive Order, commented: ‘The command to ‘love the stranger’ and to stand with the vulnerable, whoever they may be is at the heart of Christian faith. To follow Jesus’ teaching means to welcome people in need - whatever their religion.’
‘A rejection of refugees, whatever their faith, is a rejection of Christian values. Trump would do well to read his bible before enacting discriminatory policies.’
Responding to President Trump’s executive order to halt all refugee admissions and bar people temporarily from seven Muslim-majority countries, Thomas continued: ‘The world came together over six decades ago to establish the UN Convention of Refugees in order to prevent repeating the horrors experienced by millions of people during the first two world wars. President Trump is now effectively ripping up the principle that every person, irrespective of their faith or nationality, has the right to seek protection and sanctuary.
‘Ordinary citizens need to take a stand against Trump’s attempts to destroy hard won freedoms and human rights.
‘President Trump is certainly not unique in his abhorrent attitude towards refugees. We are seeing the normalisation of an increasingly hostile rhetoric towards people whose suffering is, frankly, beyond what most of us can imagine. It is time to call out such hate.
‘Christian Aid is on the ground in many of the countries on Trump’s banned list, bringing urgent aid to those in need. The reality is that the majority of refugees are hosted in, and by, developing countries. Rich nations, including the UK and the US, must not turn a blind eye to people in desperate need. Resettlement of refugees is part of the path to peace.’
Christian Aid works through its local partners around the world to support refugee communities displaced by conflict. In the UK and Europe, we advocate for long-term practical solutions to global displacement, including the resettlement and relocation of refugees, as well as greater investment in addressing the root causes of displacement worldwide.
A Christian Aid supporter with her placard