U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban on certain Muslim-majority countries could be good for Middle Eastern Christians as long as it prioritizes the people victimized by the Islamic State, according to an Iraqi archbishop.
Dozens of American evangelical leaders have denounced Trump's travel ban and have asked the president to rethink the executive order. A number of states and organizations have also filed lawsuits to halt the implementation of the temporary refugee ban, CNN reports.
An advertisement signed by 100 known evangelical leaders and authors says Christians cannot abandon the call to serve the people who are suffering. They say the executive order has failed to balance compassion and security and has left innocent people to suffer.
However, unlike these evangelical figures, one Iraqi bishop agrees with Trump's new refugee policy.
In a statement to Fox News, Archbishop Bashar Warda expressed support for Trump's travel ban, saying it will help members of the religious minorities in the Middle East. Although he would want his people to remain in their homeland, he also understands the hopelessness they feel after all the pain and suffering they went through at the hands of ISIS, so he could not force them to stay there.
"That said, the fact that an American administration seems to know that there are Christians and other religious minorities here who need help is something I find heartening," Archbishop Warda told Fox. "I hope this means that we will no longer be excluded from U.S. government and UN aid, which our people desperately need."
Warda has previously spoken out against the U.S. government's lack of help to the Middle East's Christians and religious minorities. He questioned how the American government could fund a lot of humanitarian projects for Iraq's internally displaced persons and yet could not extend help to a community suffering genocide. Nevertheless, he is now hoping that the Trump administration would be able to help these people.