Evangelical humanitarian aid group Samaritan's Purse is helping treat the injuries of Islamic State fighters wounded during the battle for Mosul, the group's president Rev. Franklin Graham has revealed.
In a Facebook post over the weekend, Rev. Graham said most of the patients at the Samaritan's Purse field hospital outside Mosul were shot by ISIS snipers while they were fleeing the city. He also said the staff has started treating the injuries of not only the ISIS victims but also that of the militants to emulate Jesus' example of compassion for all people, The Christian Post relays.
In addition, Graham defended U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban on refugees from certain Muslim-majority countries. The renowned evangelist said they are helping refugees and other ISIS victims, but they also have to defend their country's borders.
"God does tell us to help the stranger and those in need; but God doesn't tell us to expose our cities, homes, and lives to hostile people," Graham said on his Facebook post. "Remember, Jerusalem had walls and gates, and when they had a threat, the gates were closed. Many Muslim groups have made no secret of their deep and deadly hatred for this country."
Meanwhile, Trump's senior policy adviser Stephen Miller has confirmed on four U.S. news shows that the president will still fight for his controversial travel ban. Miller, who was influential in the drafting of the executive order, said they are planning to pursue all available options, the Independent reports.
Miller told Fox News that one of their options is to seek an emergency stay at the Supreme Court to put a stop to the block on the travel ban. They are also planning to draft a new executive order and hold an emergency hearing. The Court of Appeals has reportedly suggested redrafting the order to avoid the risk of violating the Constitution's provision against religious discrimination.