Jeb Bush looked pretty moronic when he said that he'd only accept Christian refugees into the country from Syria. he looked even stupider when a reporter cornered him into telling us how exactly would he know who is a Christian and who isn't?
“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.”
I mean is he really trying to be a candidate for the presidency? Since then he's had almost a week to figure out a better answer to the question of religious faith and so he told radio host Jack Heath, that he knows how to do it now.
Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in a radio interview Tuesday that “you can tell when someone is a Christian in the Middle East” based on indicators such as their name and birth certificate.
“I can promise you that,” Bush told New Hampshire radio host Jack Heath. “By name, by where they’re born, their birth certificates. There are ample means by which to know this.”
Please make it stop, it hurts. These refugees come from the Syria, does he think they have names like McNamara and Soprano? And I didn't know that they listed everybody's religion when they were born.
People assume any Arab name is going to be Muslim, because the Koran is written in Arabic,” Whit Cox, a staff attorney at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, told ThinkProgress. “But about half of Arab Americans are Christian. For example, the president of our organization is Samer Khalaf, an Orthodox Christian from Syria. Our legal director Abed Ayoub is a Shiite Muslim. I couldn’t guess their religions and I doubt you could either. They both sound Arabic, and if you’re xenophobic, you’re going to think they’re all Muslims or even terrorists. The easiest way to tell is that many Muslims wear the hijab, but many don’t. So any test will just come down to reinforcing stereotypes.”