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Syrian Refugees

My Holiday Prayer: Thoughts on Turkeys and Terrorists

Rev. Dale Susan Edmonds | Posted 12.01.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dale Susan Edmonds

We live in a country birthed from those who fought for independence. Rebels and refugees and exiles were driven from other lands where their right to self-determination and to worship as they saw fit had been denied.

A Call to All Teachers: Start the Dialogue on Refugees Now

Jacob Stewart | Posted 12.01.2015 | Education
Jacob Stewart

Good teachers teach more than just their content; they teach civility as well. They teach the next generation how to interact with one another, even if they disagree politically.

The People Who Want to Close the Door on Syrian Refugees Are No Different From Those Who Closed the Doors to Me and My Family in 1939

Aryeh Neier | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics
Aryeh Neier

In 1939, it was the Jews whose lives were threatened. Today, it is the Syrians. I can think of no cause more important, and more satisfying, than saving the lives of those threatened by racial, religious, sexual or political persecution.

Meeting With Actual Syrian Refugees Didn't Change Ben Carson's Mind On Keeping Them Out

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics

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Planned Parenthood Shooter Killed More Than Any Supposed Refugee Terrorist

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics

The loner who allegedly killed three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado last week committed a deadlier act of terrorism than any a...

Texas Threatens To Sue Aid Groups That Help Syrian Refugees

Courthouse News | Nico Pitney | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics

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Syrians Are Increasingly Desperate To Escape War-Torn Country

The Huffington Post | Janie Velencia | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics

Almost half of Syrians would choose to permanently leave their country if they could, according to a Gallup survey released Monday.&nb...

Revise The Visa Program Or Shut Out Refugees? House GOP Wants To Do Both.

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics

House Republicans aim to pass an overhaul in December of one of the key programs through which foreigners enter the U.S., Majority Leader Kevin McCar...

Kevin McCarthy Dismisses Possibility Of Government Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Monday shrugged off the possibility of a government shutdown over funding for Planne...

The Importance of the Empathetic Imagination

Mark Olmsted | Posted 11.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Olmsted

We've all read these posts on Facebook, you know, the ones in which the updater not only proclaims a hatred of cancer, but wants you to share it on yo...

4 Selfish Reasons to Take in Syrians

David Bier | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics
David Bier

We could argue that the humanitarian benefits to the refugees themselves should be enough. We should accept refugees because failure to do so would be abandoning our moral obligations. But since some dismiss the humanitarian argument, here are four non-humanitarian reasons to take in refugees.

Why Caring for Syrian Refugees Isn't Optional for Christians

Derek Penwell | Posted 11.30.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

No matter your religious credentials, the test of your faith is not your doctrinal purity, but how you treat others -- especially those who are most vulnerable.

Sewing It Shut

Rev. Dr. Sunny Farley | Posted 11.30.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Sunny Farley

Let's pray God will open our minds to solutions and our hearts to those in need. Let's pray for peace and healing. Let's pray God will give us the courage to act, and the wisdom to know when to speak and when to sew our mouths shut.

Which Is Safer: Paris, France or Paris, Texas

Todd R. Miller | Posted 11.29.2015 | HuffPost Home
Todd R. Miller

In the wake of the deadly Paris terrorist attacks, NPR's Robert Siegel interviewed Dr. Jean-Paul Fontaine, head of the emergency department at the Hos...

Our Congress Is Aiding and Abetting Terrorism

Tim Arnold | Posted 11.29.2015 | Politics
Tim Arnold

Since 9/11, some 785,000 refugees have been admitted to the United States -- and yet only three of them have been arrested for terrorism-related cha...

Ben Carson Visits Refugee Camp, Says Middle Eastern Countries Should Absorb Syrians

AP/HuffPost | Benjamin Hart | Posted 11.29.2015 | Politics

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ICYMI: The Sticky History Of Picky Eating And Why 'Grit' Is Overrated

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.28.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. In honor of one of our favorite holidays this week -- as long as we're not seated next to our...

Since When Did Scapegoating And Taking Revenge Become American And Christian Principles?

David Mochel | Posted 11.27.2015 | Religion
David Mochel

I am tired of letting the loudest among us be those who call for un-American behavior in the name of patriotism. I am tired of letting the dialogue be monopolized by those who pass off prejudice as faith. Compassion matters. Dignity matters. Standing for something worthwhile is rarely easy.

A Vietnamese Refugee's Thanksgiving Hope For Syria

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 11.29.2015 | Politics
Jimmy Nguyen

My family's journey epitomizes the mythic American Dream. The United States is a land of immigrants -- beginning with the Pilgrims that inspired Thanksgiving -- who come for freedom and opportunity. And that's why the debate over Syrian refugees hits home for me.

In Terror's Wake, America Must Remain Our Brothers' Keeper

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 11.29.2015 | World
Brian Levin, J.D.

We may have to make some tough choices, including some new alterations to policy to better protect our country. However, if America is going to live up to its definitional ideals, we cannot simply shun the rescue of tiny portion of God's most vulnerable children, irrespective of the faith they embrace.

Why Admitting One Million Refugees Can Help Defeat ISIS

Stephen H. Dinan | Posted 11.26.2015 | Politics
Stephen H. Dinan

I believe the United States is in the midst of making a major and very damaging mistake in relationship to ISIS. That's because we are doing exactly what they want us to do to play into their apocalyptic endgame.

Obama Reminds Us That Pilgrims Were Refugees Once, Too

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 11.26.2015 | Politics

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Nov 26 (Reuters) -- President Barack Obama urged Americans to show generosity to Syrian refugees in his Thanksgiv...

Reminder From The Obama Administration: States Can't Block Refugees

AP | Kelly Chen | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a growing political controversy, the Obama administration on Wednesday reminded state officials across the country that ...

How We View the Refugee Crisis -- Not Ours, But Theirs

Maryam Zar | Posted 11.30.2015 | World
Maryam Zar

Therein lies the reality of our world -- we have collectively created the conditions where millions of people are taking flight from war torn corners of the world where conflict has become all too normal, and life is no longer possible in a rewarding way.

Thanksgiving and Social Security: Different Reasons for Welcoming Syrian Refugees

Nancy Altman | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Nancy Altman

Today, we are faced with the same choice we have confronted in the past -- whether to give into fear and prejudice or align ourselves with our highest ideals.