Kentucky religious leaders rally, want Bevin & Pence to change stance on Syrian refugees


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Around 60 religious leaders from all faiths gathered outside Kentucky Refugee Ministries on Tuesday.

They were there to express their opposition to Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s stance on Syrian refugees. Both Bevin and Pence say they want to stop the refugees from settling in their state.

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As many as 199 Syrians are slated for resettlement in Kentucky, according to the Courier Journal. So far, the state resettled nearly 90 in little more than a year.

The organizers of Tuesday’s rally acknowledge that many people are fearful in the wake of recent terror attacks. However, they say not opening our doors to those fleeing war violates the central tenets of their faiths.

“We are not cavalier about danger to innocent people. We want no person hurt or killed, but the U.S. has effective policies to ensure that it does not open it’s doors to terrorists,” they said.

“It takes 18 months to two years of scrutiny for refugees to be approved to come to the United States.”

Governor Bevin has not responded to the group’s request.

Governor Pence says his top priority is the safety of the people of Indiana and that his order blocking state agencies from assisting Syrian refugees will remain in place.