John McCain defends Syrian refugees and attacks Ted Cruz

ISIS Syrian refugees

In a series of interviews this past weekend by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and former governor Jeb Bush (R-FL), the two Republican presidential candidates made comments stating that efforts to resettle refugees from Syria in America should perhaps focus on one of the most persecuted groups in the Middle East: Christians.

And this didn’t sit too well with one of the dinosaurs of the Senate, John McCain (R-AZ).

In an interview on Tuesday, the “maverick” rebuked Cruz while giving his GOP establishment buddy from Florida a pass as he accused the Texas senator of using a religious test on Syrian refugees, especially children.

“I don’t think any child, whether they are Christian or whether they are atheist or whether they are Buddhist, that we should make a distinction. My belief is that all children are God’s children.”

McCain also stated that “there should be no litmus test” for the religious affiliation of refugees as long as they are vetted and determined not to pose a threat. I guess he’s unaware that the law says the exact opposite when determining who will be granted asylum.

Wait a minute! This is John McCain. Of course he’s unaware of the laws he’s sworn to uphold.

This is just the most recent example of McCain siding with Obama while attacking Conservatives. It’s also the latest example of Johnny-boy using vague religious references to defend his position concerning the Syrians.

After a visit by McCain in 2013 to the war-torn country—where he allegedly appeared in photos with known terrorists—he appeared on FOX News and defended the use of the words “Allahu Akbar” by Muslims when they kill their enemies, saying that is equivalent to a Christian saying “Thank God.”

“Would you have a problem with an American person saying ‘Thank God? Thank God?’ That’s what they’re saying. Come on! Of course they’re Muslims, but they’re moderates and I guarantee you they are moderates.”

As I wrote at the time, using McCain’s claim would mean that we would have to excuse the 9/11 terrorists. How can we know for sure their motivation when they crashed planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon? Perhaps they were simply offering up a prayer of thanks for the great flying weather.

As I also noted in that piece, we learned that 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta provided the clarification on the intentions of using the phrase. He wrote, in the instructions to jihadists that were found in his baggage:

“Shout, ‘Allahu Akbar,’ because this strikes fear in the hearts of the non-believers.”

In the end, when I see this moron using a vague religious references to criticize those who object to unfettered and unvetted acceptance of Syrian refugees; after it was discovered that many of the attackers in Paris entered Europe under the guise of being a Syrian refugees, I dismiss it as the ramblings of a senile, angry old establishment Republican who is either ignorant or indifferent to his responsibilities under the Constitution.

In a bit of good news, T.E.A. Party favorite Kelli Ward looks to have a great shot at beating McCain in the primaries to be the Republican nominee in the 2016 Senate race. And for that I say, thank God!

Or would that be Allahu Akbar?



Don't Feed The RINOsDavid Leach is the owner and publisher of The Strident Conservative, where you will find news and opinion that’s politically-incorrect and always “right.” He is also a frequent contributor at

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