Luma Simms is a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center; her essays, articles, and book reviews have appeared in a variety of publications including National Affairs, Law and Liberty, The Wall Street Journal, National Review, First Things, Public Discourse, the Institute for Family Studies, and others.

How America Has Used A Religious Test To Avoid Giving Aid To Displaced Iraqi Christians

In America today, we have chased religion out of the public square. We have relegated it to individuals’ private lives and expect people to keep quiet about their faith. We are told that religion has no role to play on the national stage – or the world stage, for that matter. To acknowledge religion is to privilege it. Except, of course, when it comes to foreign aid to homeless Christians in Iraq.

Archbishop Bashar Warda’s Chaldean archdiocese in Erbil hosts the largest community of displaced Christians in Iraq. Since 2014, the archdiocese has received no aid from the United States or the United Nations.

Only by raising money through their own efforts have its members been able to house, feed, clothe, educate and provide medical care for all of the people in the community. Warda’s archdiocese does not limit this charitable care to Christians; it also takes in Yazidis and Muslims.

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