Germany: “Fear and panic” among Christian refugees as Muslims persecute them
Sunday, June 05, 2016
“I really didn’t know that after coming to Germany I would be harassed
because of my faith in the very same way as back in Iran.” Welcome to
the brave new multicultural Germany. “Growing concern for German churches: Muslim refugees harassing Christians,” by Tom Heneghan, Deseret News, June 3, 2016:
Germany’s refugee crisis is challenging the country’s
main religious groups as they try to balance a welcoming attitude to the
mostly Muslim migrants and concern for the welfare of the minority
Christians among them. Increasingly, accounts of Muslim migrants ganging up on Christians
and other minorities in refugee shelters have raised concerns. Germany is dealing with an influx of about 1 million newcomers from the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Scattered media reports since last fall have spoken of radical
Muslims harassing Christians and other religious minorities, making them
feel threatened and under pressure to convert to Islam. The issue got national attention in early May when five minority
rights groups held a news conference in Berlin to present what they said
was widespread persecution of Christians and other religious minorities
in refugee centers.
Open Doors Germany, a group affiliated with the international Open
Doors movement to help persecuted Christians, presented a report that
said 88 percent of the 231 Christian refugees they interviewed reported
having suffered religiously motivated persecution in the form of
insults, death threats and physical and sexual attacks.
Some felt pressure to convert and reported that Muslims were
harassing them by playing loud recordings of Quran chanting. Almost half
of them said they were mistreated by security guards, who are mostly
Muslim foreigners who speak the refugees’ languages.
Markus Rode, the group’s chairman, said there was an “atmosphere of
fear and panic” among Christian refugees and the mainstream churches
were ignoring the problem. “I really didn’t know that after coming to Germany I would be
harassed because of my faith in the very same way as back in Iran,” the
report quoted one refugee as saying.
Another group, Action for Persecuted Christians, estimated that
40,000 refugees in Germany, mostly Christians, were victims of religious
persecution. “These are not isolated cases. I don’t know of any refugee shelter
from Garmisch to Hamburg where we have not found such cases,” said
Paulus Kurt from the Central Council of Oriental Christians in Germany….