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Resolution of the Presbytery

Author gbakoulis, Written Feb 11, 2017

The Presbytery of New York City (representing 97 Presbyterian Congregations in all five boroughs of this city an about 15,000 weekly worshipers) approved on January 31 this resolution decrying the Executive Order by the President of the United States which persecutes and victimizes refugees and immigrants and expressed support of the minister of our church: Whereas, the President of the United States, by Executive Order on January 27, 2017, has banned persons from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen (in essence banning the majority of Muslim refugees) from entering the United States, and… Whereas, this ban contradicts the very foundations of our biblical faith to welcome the stranger and give safe haven to the refugee, Be it resolved, the Presbytery of New York City, meeting in plenary session on this 31st day of January 2017 decries any policy that discriminates against refugees by nationality, color, or religion, And further, supports Rutgers Presbyterian Church and their ecumenical and interfaith partners in their work and ministry with Syrian refugees and protests the deeply flawed, un-American and immoral Executive Order aimed against refugees of the Muslim faith. And further, urges the President to rescind this Executive Order and restore the integrity and values of compassion and hospitality essential to our identity as a nation.