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Jeb Bush On Refugees: ‘I Think You Can Prove’ You’re A Christian

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Jeb Bush On Refugees: ‘I Think You Can Prove’ You’re A Christian


Jeb Bush on Tuesday dug in further on his position that the United States should prioritize bringing in Christians from among the refugees of the Syrian civil war — and he insisted that people can even prove that they’re Christians.

“Well you’re a Christian,” Bush started off saying to reporters. “You can prove you’re a Christian. It’s—”

“How?” a reporter asked.

Bush gave a shrug: “I think you can prove it — if you can’t prove it then, you know, you err on the side of caution.”

The conversation with reporters then turned to his example of Nora Barre, a Syrian-American woman in New Hampshire who supports him. However, as ABC News also uncovered, Barre herself is not specifically identifying her religion, and says she has both Christian and Muslim relatives, and there should be help for both:

“We’re a secular country,” she said. “I don’t think religion should be a filter. These are human beings. People should be vetted no matter what we are. Can you imagine that if in World War II, this country said that you had to be Christian to come?”

“A family like Nora’s, or anybody that is in ISIS-related territory that is a Christian, they will be persecuted,” Bush said — to which reporters then reminded him that not all of Barre’s family are Christians.

“They should be thoroughly vetted,” Bush said. “They should be thoroughly vetted, and we should do everything we can to provide safe havens in the region. And that’s exactly what I’ve proposed.”

Bush also appeared on Bloomberg Politics’ With All Due Respect, where his positions on refugees were a little all over the place.

Co-host John Heilemann asked about President Obama’s denunciation of a religious preference for accepting Christian refugees as “not American.” “You’ve said that we should focus on Christian refugees from Syria,” said Heilemann. “Did you take President Obama’s comments personally? Did you take that as a direct shot at you?”

“Well, he didn’t mention by name But yeah, I’ve had this view for a long while that religious minorities in the Middle East and around the world are deserving of our support. Because, but for us, who?”

Heilemann also asked about the bills being offered in Congress, such as from rival candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), to ban Muslim refugees.

“I haven’t seen the bill — and I think people are legitimately concerned about the efficiency, the competency of the Obama administration as it relates to screening processes,” said Bush — but he noted there are indeed vetting processes in place.

“If there is any kind of concern, we shouldn’t allow people in. But I don’t think we should eliminate our support for refugees — it’s been a noble tradition in our country for many years.”

“Including Muslim refugees? You don’t want to ban Muslim refugees from coming in”

“I don’t. But I think the answer to this, though, is not to ban people from coming. The answer is to lead, to resolve the problem in Syria. That’s the ultimate answer, and that’s my focus.”



  1. Daniel Jones November 18, 2015

    Jeb’s a bigot, and an idiot, and an idiot ideologue, so he DOES mean not letting in Muslims.. He just doesn’t want to go on record as having said so.

    1. Independent1 November 18, 2015

      Notice how he was beating around the Bush trying to weasel out of his initial comments so that he could eventually try to appeal to every vote he thinks he could get!! Eventually ending up saying, “Including Muslim refugees? You don’t want to ban Muslim refugees from coming in”.

      It’s amazing the degree of weaselness to which conservatives will stoop in order to play up to as many factions of their mindless base as possible.

      1. Polana November 18, 2015

        Sad to say, some people buying his crap. And Jebbie is already fibbled minded, chicken hawk from big Texas w/small brain

  2. space2k November 18, 2015

    Maybe they could punch another refugee in the face to prove they love Jesus?

  3. FT66 November 18, 2015

    I think “W” is the most clever guy in the entire family. At least he said he was “the decider”, that was quite true, he was. He showed right from the beginning his love to the African continent. He helped them a lot and they showed in return their love to him, which is felt so much in the countries I have visited. Back to Jeb. This guy is an empty suit. How can anyone prove that they are christians? By doing the sign of a cross or by showing a paper that they were baptised as christians? I don’t see anything in Jeb to show he has the right mind and thought to lead this nation, unfortunately.

  4. Arie November 18, 2015

    I guess Henry Kissinger would call this “Wishy washy”. It is actually very simple; and Obama was 100 % right: religion is never a valid criterium for taking in refugees. Muslims are fleeing form Syria because they too are the target of the lunacy of IS and other Islamist groups.

    1. steveiam November 19, 2015

      ‘Arie’ try telling that to the GOP Candidates, elected officials etc. who are figuratively playing their version of the Race Card. This, only because most aware voters did not buy their lies regarding Planned Parenthood. Unfortunately, those that will suffer are those (Syrians) who have already suffered mightily.

  5. Paul November 18, 2015

    I bet I could find Muslims who know more about Christianity than Jeb. Have you ever noticed that the right wing “Christian” politicians never speak on the teachings of Christ. Their religion is a mask that they wear for political purposes.

  6. Insinnergy November 18, 2015

    Wow… Jeb: The Dumbest Brother.

    1. steveiam November 18, 2015

      No, there is a tie here…remember, ‘W’ and Iraq.

  7. tomtype November 18, 2015

    We actually have a bad record of knowing Christians. During the Crusades, when the Crusaders captured a city, the soldiers asked the Bishop that came along, h ow to tell the Christians from the Muslims. His reply was to kill them all and let God sort them out.

    We turned back Jews from Nazi Germany. See the film Ship of Fools. Aptly named because they sailed to New York, then on to Cuba, looking for someplace to take them in. Remember too these were rich enough to afford to mutually charter a ship. So these were far from the poor and wretched. Eventually they had to return to Germany, and all were lost.

    As a Catholic, he should be aware that in the 1840’s during the Irish Potato Famine, we had a group generally known as the “know nothings” that wanted thought we should keep this a Protestant Country, and didn’t want to admit the Catholic Irish. Thank God they did not succeed.

  8. steveiam November 18, 2015

    Gee, I cannot prove I’m Christian…but, I can prove I’m Jewish.

  9. Harry R. Sohl November 19, 2015

    Oh, Jesus. She’s as dumb as W.

  10. Corey Mondello November 19, 2015

    BUT dont hire more peopl to do the vetting….lol thats the ideology of these morons. this way they can complain and whine and be victims in every part of their lives cause its all about them

  11. idamag November 19, 2015

    A word to those who call yourselves Christians: I read this radical statement the other day: “For I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Then the righteous answered him, saying, “When did we see you hungry and fed you? When did we see you thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you, a stranger, and welcome you? When did we see you naked and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and come to you?” And Jesus answered, “Truly, I say unto you, when you did it unto the least of my brothers, you did it unto me.”
    Matthew 25:35-40

  12. jiro tanaka November 19, 2015

    Very dumb presidential candidate. All of them are the same. Not only unintelligent but hateful as well.

  13. ayungclas November 19, 2015

    Aren’t the Christians the goofies shooting up schools?

  14. TxSpinyLizrd November 21, 2015

    “And they’ll know we are Christians … ” goes the old song. Had a Christian airport shuttlebus driver last night, playing Christian rock music loudly on his radio. He was also the rare shuttle driver who did not offer help to get my bags on, just watched me as I wrestled them up the steps (kind fellow passengers did help, however). Think he may need to study his Bibble a bit more.


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