Ahmad al-Mohammed and one other of the jihadis who murdered 130 people in Paris in November 2015 had just entered Europe as refugees.
In February 2015, the Islamic State boasted it would soon flood Europe with as many as 500,000 refugees. And the Lebanese Education Minister said in September 2015 that there were 20,000 jihadis among the refugees in camps in his country. Meanwhile, 80% of migrants who have come to Europe claiming to be fleeing the war in Syria aren’t really from Syria at all.
So why are they claiming to be Syrian and streaming into Europe, and now the U.S. as well? An Islamic State operative gave the answer when he boasted in September 2015, shortly after the migrant influx began, that among the flood of refugees, 4,000 Islamic State jihadis had already entered Europe. He explained their purpose: “It’s our dream that there should be a caliphate not only in Syria but in all the world, and we will have it soon, inshallah.” These Muslims were going to Europe in the service of that caliphate: “They are going like refugees,” he said, but they were going with the plan of sowing blood and mayhem on European streets. As he told this to journalists, he smiled and said, “Just wait.”
On May 10, 2016, Patrick Calvar, the head of France’s DGSI internal intelligence agency, said that the Islamic State was using migrant routes through the Balkans to get jihadis into Europe.
But remember: “To see those in need and help them is the task the Lord has given to us as Christians. Their cry for justice, for dignity and peace are also God’s cry.” And those who are being bombed, beheaded and raped by the migrants need only remember that “Christianity had also cost people’s lives in the past.” That will make them feel so much better.
“The stunning way a Catholic cardinal marked the deaths of refugees in the Mediterranean,” by Rick Noack, Washington Post, May 26, 2016:
Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki celebrated the Corpus Christi Mass from a seven-meter-long refugee boat on May 26 in front of the cathedral in Cologne, Germany, in memory of thousands of migrants who lost their lives in the Mediterranean sea. (Rolf Vennenbernd/AFP via Getty Images)
“Someone who lets people drown in the Mediterranean also drowns God — every day, thousands of times.”
The archbishop of the city of Cologne, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, found these striking words on Thursday to condemn Europe’s increasingly tough attitude toward refugees. He spoke during a special church service, which took place in one of the German city’s main squares.
Woelki also used a seven-meter-long former refugee boat as his altar for the service to celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi. The boat had previously been recovered by the Maltese military during a search-and-rescue operation.
The cardinal emphasized the significance of choosing the boat, saying that altars had always symbolized Jesus Christ. “To see those in need and help them is the task the Lord has given to us as Christians,” said Woelki.
“Their cry for justice, for dignity and peace are also God’s cry,” the archbishop commented, according to a translation by Austria’s Catholic Press Agency.
Self-critically, Woelki went on to suggest that those saying Islam was being abused as a religion should remember that Christianity had also cost people’s lives in the past….