“Migrants, they added, should be met ‘with openness, with the spirit of love of neighbor.'” How grand. Meanwhile, the migrants might meet these German Christian leaders with a somewhat different spirit.
Doubt that could ever happen in Germany? Why? 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: migrants should be met “with openness, with the spirit of love of neighbor.”
“Leave them; they are blind guides. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14)
“German Christian leaders renew call for openness to migrants,” Catholic Culture, May 19, 2016 (thanks to Lookmann):
Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, has joined with German Lutheran and Eastern Orthodox leaders in urging Germany to be open to migrants.
In a joint statement, the Christian leaders expressed alarm at the “radicalization and brutalization of speech and thought” against migrants and called for respect for the legal right of asylum seekers to an impartial hearing.
Migrants, they added, should be met “with openness, with the spirit of love of neighbor.”