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Nearly 100 anti-Christian hate crimes were committed by Islamic asylum seekers or refugees in Germany during 2017 – a wave of ongoing violence that was reported by the nation’s Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA).
The threatening tide of Muslim violence comes as a shock to politicians throughout Germany, as a spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party recently insisted that the escalating attacks must be dealt with – swiftly.
“[The number of anti-Christian attacks is] alarming,” German Interior Party Spokesman Ansgar Heveling expressed, according to Breitbart London. “[The problem must be dealt with in the same way that] anti-Semitic attacks are rightly being dealt with at the moment."
Widescale attack on Christians
The statistics to which the party representative was referring were published on Deutshe Welle (DW), or dw.com – the website for the German government – as it reported that of the 97 cases of anti-Christian attacks, 25 percent were waged against churches and Christian symbols, with 14 of the total being carried out as violent “anti-Christian crimes” among asylum seekers or refugees within Germany’s borders.
Even more alarming, a total of 743 cases of anti-Christian attacks were recorded in German refugee homes during an eight-month period in 2016 by Open Doors – a global Christian ministry serving the persecuted Church.
During that year, Germany received several hundred thousand refugees from Iraq and Syria – migrants who were forced to live together in mass shelters before being relocated – and true to the Islamic holy book, the Koran, the Muslims among them often threatened to wipe out and kill the “infidels” – those who do not submit to the god of Islam, Allah.
"The victims told us that the attackers would say things like, 'I'll cut off your head, you non-believer,' 'You're contaminating the kitchen,' or 'You're defiling the fridge,'" Open Doors Germany Press Officer Ado Greve told DW.
He emphasized that the most recent statistics on anti-Christian crime are lower of late because German officials have slowed down the country’s acceptance of Muslim refugees.
"Of course, the refugee shelters are much smaller now – as we have fewer refugees coming to Germany – so the tensions are much lower," Greve inserted. "It's a good development that the authorities are seeing that there is sometimes a religious motivation, and that it is specifically registered. If you know there is this religious motivation behind an assault or attack, then you can do something about it – maybe better education about values of tolerance."
The Christian ministry representative stressed how critical it is that German officials take extreme measures to ensure religious tolerance.
"Many Christian refugees repeatedly asked for separate accommodation – after there was more and more violence against them from Muslim refugees," Greve concluded. "But the authorities and government did not react."
Call for tolerance?
Despite the hundreds of incidents, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann insisted that German migrants are required to integrate into Germany society, where they must exhibit absolute tolerance of Christian values in order to stay.
"Anyone who wants to live here must distance themselves from any anti-Christian disposition," Herrmann asserted, according to CBN News. "Otherwise, they are simply not welcome."
As a leader of the right-wing Christian Social Union (CSU), Herrmann also stressed to local dailies that a policy of zero-tolerance for hate crimes against Christians must be enforced in Germany.
“Integration in Germany has to require tolerating its Christian, Western values and culture without any ifs or buts,” he impressed to various newspapers within the Funke group.
It was pointed out by Berthold Löffler, a political science professor at the University of Ravensburg-Weingarten, that Herrmann’s standard for “tolerance” denotes how German immigration officials have failed to thoroughly review and question incoming refugees – who live in Germany at taxpayers’ expense.
“Requiring immigrants take on our values is too much to ask, but they really ought to tolerate us locals – even if they feel our values are a bit suspect,” Löffler wrote while critiquing the message of Hermann’s statement in a column published at Tichy's Insight. “[The CSU minister’s] demand [was mild and exhibited Germany’s] naive welcome culture.”
He indicated that the hostile environment Muslim refugees create for Christians in German is actually much worse than what statistics show.
“[The number anti-Christian attacks in Germany indicated by BKA figures are likely] only the tip of the iceberg,” Löffler continued. “One can confidently assume that the mainstream media would much rather report on Islamophobic incidents and xenophobic crimes committed by ethnic Germans.”
France’s Christians under fire
Anti-Christian violence waged by Islamic adherents in France is on the rise, as well, and shows no signs of subsiding.
“[Last year, it was reported] anti-Christian attacks had risen 245 percent in France since 2008, while the number of anti-Muslim attacks saw a huge fall in the same period,” Breitbart London’s Virginia Hale recounted. “Data released by the French interior ministry showed anti-Christian acts accounting for 90 percent of attacks on religious buildings and institutions – a figure which includes arson, violence, degradation, threats, and ‘insulting’ vandalism and graffiti.”
The threat of decapitation is a reality to the south of Germany, as well, as France’s lax policy on accepting Muslim refugees also puts its residents at great risk, which has been seen through numerous Islamic terrorist attacks over the years, including the one at Charlie Hebdo and the mass carnage that took place during the notorious Paris terror attack.
“Last week, it was alleged that French intelligence agencies had prior knowledge of one of the Islamic extremists involved in the beheading of Father Jacques Hamel in a Normandy church in 2016, but failed to act,” Hale noted.
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