European refugee flood; the revolt of the Christian laity

European refugee flood; the revolt of the Christian laity

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While Europe nations from the Balkans to Scandinavia are attempting to cope with at least hundreds of thousands of refugees already on the continent, the leaders of the three largest Christian Churches in all of Christendom, albeit to various degrees, are exhorting the faithful to assist the migrants.

While the Pontiff of Rome, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, and the Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus’ have expressed varying degrees of support for the migrants, the pushback is coming from an unexpected source; the Christian laity.  As reported by Ilgin Karlidag of the new media Turkish Weekly news portal on Oct. 3, 2015, as the overwhelmingly Muslim tide of humanity coursing across Europe are finding that while ecclesiastical leaders may be lobbying on their behalf, the reality closer to the ground is much different. As the Turkish reporter noted, Slovakia has already announced that only Christian refugees and not Muslims will be admitted to the Central European republic.

Ironically, while the vast majority of the European democracies have slowly but surely been abandoning their centuries old Christian faith, culture and heritage over the past half century, the massive infusion of adherents of Mohammed may be the catalyst to a Christian re-awakening for the ever increasingly agnostics populations. As the Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported via Zee News of India on Sept. 26, 2015, despite France’s Catholic hierarchy admonishing acceptance of all migrants, as well as the federal government’s official refugee policy, the mayors of numerous Gallic cities, towns and villages have made it clear they would happily accept migrants. But the hitch is only if said migrants are Christians.

Even among the migrants themselves, the Christian minority of routinely singled out as easy targets for the Muslim majority. As the Jewish Press cited on Oct. 1, 2015, German police have been forced to separately house Christian refugees from Muslim. As reported, “A policy of segregation has already been implemented in the German state of Thuringia after Christian migrants in asylum centers were attacked by Sunnis attempting to impose Sharia law.”

Examples of repression even in the refugee camps include, “Women are being forced to wear veils. Men are forced to pray. Islamists want to…



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