Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush claimed on Nov. 24 that he could tell who was a Christian refugee from the Middle East simply by looking at their name and birth certificate (video below).
Bush made his statement during an interview on News Radio 610 in Manchester, New Hampshire, notes BuzzFeed.
The former Florida governor told host Jack Heath that one of the Paris terrorists was "in bed" with Syrian refugees, called for a thorough review of the U.S. refugee policy and claimed that President Barack Obama had refused to explain what the screening procedures are for refugees.
In reality, Obama administration officials explained the refugee screening process on Nov. 17, reported The Huffington Post.
The International Business Times noted on Nov. 17 that all of the Paris terrorists were European Union nationals, not Syrian refugees, although one fake Syrian passport may have been found near a dead terrorist.
Bush added: "I do believe, I do believe, that in these cases, and I’ve used the example of Syrian Christians that are, but for the U.S. and but for the world community, they’ll be slaughtered, beheaded, raped, pillaged, because of their faith. I think we have a moral obligation to support them."
"You can tell when someone is a Christian in the Middle East, I can promise you that. By name, by where they’re born, their birth certificates. There are ample means by which to know this."
The GOP candidate did not cite any Bible verses to back up his methods of identifying Christians, who are described in the Bible by their spiritual beliefs.
Bush made a similar statement on Nov. 17 in Florence, South Carolina, when he claimed he was able to tell who was a Christian, but could not explain how, noted The New York Times.
“There are no Christian terrorists in the Middle East,” Bush told reporters. “They’re persecuted, they’re religious minorities. We’ve had a duty as we’ve always had, and it’s a noble one, to be able to provide support across the world. The U.S. has done this and we’ve done it effectively, and we can do it in this regard.”
After Bush was asked how he could spot a Christian, he said, “You’re a Christian. I mean, you can prove you’re a Christian. You can’t prove it, then, you know, you err on the side of caution.”