I am not going to address the claims of "racial and justice injustice" or the "un-Christian and un-American" mis-characterizations, except to say that (1) he is wrong and (2) he is amplifying the false conclusions and claims made by others who have a political ax to grind.
The Bishop complained that "220 refugees who already had been vetted and approved to come to Syracuse are on hold for months" (emphasis added). He ended his statement with the sentence "Yes, screen vigilantly as we have, but never abandon our commitment to help others seek peace and freedom" (emphasis added, again.). Those red-flagged words are both the key to where the Bishop is wrong and why the Executive Order is needed.
These headlines/titles speak for themselves:
- 10/21/2011 Daily Caller: Obama administration pulls references to Islam from terror training materials, official says
- 4/23/13 Washington Free Beacon: Conciliatory FBI policies toward Islamism hampered probe into Boston bombers, experts say
- 4/25/2013 Washington Times: Obama’s scrub of Muslim terms under question; common links in attacks
- 12/5/2013 Judicial Watch: U.S. Government Purges of Law Enforcement Training Material Deemed “Offensive” to Muslims
After eight years of the Obama administration implementing Muslim Brotherhood affiliated organizations' policy recommendations, it cannot be assumed that refugee vetting is "vigilant," rigorous or adequate.
That is why the so-called "ban" (which is only a temporary pause until the vetting process can be examined) needed to be quickly implemented without advanced notice.