Banning Ara and Mazen

February 03, 2017

After President Donald Trump signed an executive order barring refugees and stopping visa-holders from seven nations, many Baptist leaders quickly criticized the action. I wrote an article for Word&Way highlighting many of those responses, including comments by leaders of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

I also penned a Word&Way column offering my own take on the executive order, which I see as based on false information, fear, and religious bigotry. The column, Banning Ara and Mazen, reflects on two Baptist pastors I met in Turkey who are now banned from traveling to the United States (one of them, Ara, is in the photo below that Mazen took). I hope Trump's dangerous executive order will not last.

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