European refugee flood; the revolt of the Christian laity


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 impose their values.” International Society for Human Rights official Max Klingberg complained that many of the refugees in Germany are actually radical Islamists. “Among the new arrivals is not a small amount of religious intensity, it is at least at the level of the Muslim Brotherhood,” he said.

Explaining that even if the Middle Eastern or North African Christians are to a certain degree somewhat alien to the average nominal Christian from Minsk to Manchester, a number of elected officials explain that with a shared Christian heritage the displaced and often violently repressed Middle Eastern and North African Christian refugees would have a much better chance of assimilating than their Muslim countrymen.

Even within the past number of weeks have a handful of European nations jettisoned any semblance of political correctness by clearly and unambiguously stating that if any migrants are allowed to remain, it’ll be the Christians only. Hungary, Cyprus and the Czech Republic have all openly spoken against taking in Muslim refugees. Earlier this week, Cyprus announced it will allow 300 refugees sanctuary inside its borders, as long as they are Christian.” Not alone, Ivan Netik, the Slovak Interior Ministry Spokesman, said Muslims “would not feel at home” in his country.

Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico warned that his country would not like to “wake up one day” and find Slovakia overrun by Muslims. “If a mechanism for automatic redistribution of migrants is adopted, then we will wake up one day and have 100,000 people from the Arab world and that is a problem I would not like Slovakia to have,” he stated.

According to the website, “We would seek for them to be Orthodox Christians,” explained Cyprus Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos on state radio. “It’s not an issue of being inhuman or not helping if we are called upon, but to be honest, yes, that’s what we would prefer.” Hasikos, who is responsible for migration policy, added that Christian refugees would have an easier time adjusting to life in Cyprus compared to their Muslim counterparts.”

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has described the influx of Muslim refugees as a threat to Europe’s “Christian roots,” while Bulgaria`s Prime Minister Boyko Borisov stated he was “concerned” over a potential massive influx of migrants in the coming months. “I`m scared and the Bulgarian people are scared, if only where religions are concerned. We are Christian, they are Muslim.” At least on paper, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic are overwhelmingly Catholic, while the vast majority Cypriots and Bulgarians classify themselves Orthodox Christians.

Breaking from the pack of Church leaders, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s Patriarch Neofit has called on the government to cease allowing any Muslims at all into the nation, as reported by the Reuters news service on Sept. 25, 2015. “For those who are already here, it is right for us, as Orthodox Christians and as a society, to look after as much as we can and as much as our scant resources allow us, but not any further,” the Church said on its official website.

Not quite done yet, Patriarch Neofit also let it be known that “The Bulgarian Orthodox people should not pay the price of our disappearance as a state.” As previously cited from AFP, the Bulgarian Patriarch also stated of the current crisis, “This is a wave that looks like an invasion.”