At the 2016 Annual Convention of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) held on September 29 - October 2, FCNL lobbyist for Human Rights and Civil Liberties Yasmine Taeb moderated a morning briefing on the refugee crisis and spoke about related issues at ADC’s Grassroots Empowerment Luncheon.
While there were certainly some dark moments for religious freedom in the early history of the United States, in which Quakers and others were denied the right to practice their faith, the Founding Fathers ultimately came down firmly on the side of religious liberty.
Statement of Yasmine Taeb, Legislative Representative for Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Hearing on: "Oversight of the Administration's FY 2017 Refugee Resettlement Program."
Democracy happens in difficult conversations, when we open our hearts and minds to the possibility that the person who disagrees with us is not motivated by malice and we explore the tensions between our beliefs, that our society progresses.
On Wednesday, September 21, FCNL lobbyist for Human Rights and Civil Liberties Yasmine Taeb was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion hosted by the Mission of Finland to the United Nations on the role of religious actors and policymakers in the current global refugee crisis.
If President Obama and world leaders concerned about today’s refugee crisis truly hope to support those who have been forced to flee their homes, they must also commit to providing the necessary resources to prioritize the prevention of violent conflict.
Yasmine Taeb acknowledged the "tough political climate," noting "the rise in anti-Muslim and anti-refugee rhetoric."
But she urged world leaders not to "turn our backs on innocent women, men, and children fleeing violence and persecution."
How can our work be informed by the biblical call to love thy neighbor as ourselves? The U.S. should be prioritizing protection over detention, deportation, and deterrence strategies for Central Americans seeking refuge.