It was Al Sharpton versus conservative Twitter after he argued that Jesus Christ himself was a refugee AP Image/Seth Wenig

President Trump signed an executive order on Friday temporarily banning immigration from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The initial order extended to refugees and green card holders.

Reverend Al Sharpton weighed in on Trump’s executive actions with a tweet and a sermon saying that Jesus Christ himself was once a refugee:

Sharpton referenced Matthew 2:13 to say that he worshiped a refugee: “Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, ‘Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.'”

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Many conservatives on Twitter were less than receptive of his thoughts:

Regardless, Sharpton challenged the criticism by reading the definition of a refugee and reviewing his chosen verse from the Bible, drawing a parallel between the two.

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