In Sweden, Christians Fleeing Persecution Face Violence All Over Again
Germany saw nearly 100 anti-Christian attacks in 2017. The most violent incidents occurred among asylum-seekers in refugee homes, and German politicians express growing concern for the safety of Christians fleeing to Europe. Open Doors Deutschland, which supports and advocates for persecuted Christians, recorded 743 incidents in 2016. After a wave of violence against Christians in refugee homes, many of them asked, repeatedly, for separate accommodation. Except in a few cases, authorities failed to respond.
A similar pattern of violence against Christian refugees afflicts Sweden, our own country. Compared with other European nations during the ongoing migrant crisis, Sweden, like Germany, has taken in a disproportionately high number of refugees of all faiths. While that is laudable, it has led to many violent incidents, as the hatred against religious minorities in, for example, Syria and Iraq has...
T. D. Williams wrote: Francis also reiterated his belief that all religions promote peace and are equally susceptible to violent radicalization.
"There are fundamentalist and violent individuals in all peoples and¬†religions-and with intolerant generalizations they become stronger¬†because¬†they feed on hate and xenophobia," he said.
The pope's earlier statements suggesting economic roots to terror¬†provoked¬†a strong public reaction from the Islamic State terror group, which¬†insisted that their sole motivation is religious and sanctioned by Allah¬†in the¬†Qur'an.
Pope Francis "has struggled against reality" in his efforts to¬†portray Islam as a religion of peace, declared an article in the ISIS¬†propaganda¬†magazine¬†Dabiq, before going on to urge all Muslims to take up the sword of jihad, the "greatest obligation" of a true Muslim.