Dr. Stephanie Nawyn featured in The Conversation

Dr. Stephanie Nawyn, Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Gender in Global Context, has published an article in The Conversation on religion and refugee status within the context of the recent shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The following is Dr. Stephanie Nawyn's work.

Robert Bowers lashed out at what he believed to be a Jewish plot to bring more refugees and asylum seekers to the U.S. before allegedly murdering 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Bowers’s claim that HIAS, a prominent Jewish humanitarian organization, was bringing migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala northward to commit violence was false. But it is true that many religious communities in the U.S., including American Jews, have long supported refugees and asylum-seeking migrants who arrive in the U.S.

In my research on the nonprofits that resettle and assist these newcomers, I’ve found that while religious communities continue to do this work through faith-based nonprofits and individual congregations, there are signs that some white Christians no longer support this mission.

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