During his Easter mass on Sunday, Pope Francis strongly condemned the countries that are closing their borders to refugees seeking asylum from the Middle East and Africa. He gave his message just one week after the killing spree which took place in Belgium by ISIS terrorists, some who arrived as asylum seekers.
“All too often, these brothers and sisters of ours meet along the way with death or, in any event, rejection by those who could offer them welcome and assistance.”
Of course his country, the Vatican, is surrounded by an enormous wall, and does not take in any refugees.
The Pope continued, “All of us together, Muslims, Hindus, Catholics, Evangelical brothers and sisters, children of the same God, we want to live in peace, integrated.”
The message, while well-intended, is flawed. Most Muslims who come to Europe have little interest in “integrating” into society. Today, there are large areas of Paris and Brussels where the police refuse to go, for fear of attacks and rioting. Known as “no go zones”, these are areas filled with slums, crime, and angry Muslim immigrants, where Sharia law is followed. As for the Pope’s suggestion that every refugee wants to live in peace, tell that to the families of the victims of the Brussels terrorist attacks.
“The Easter message of the risen Christ is a message of life for all humanity, echoes down the ages and invites us not to forget those men and women seeking a better future, an ever more numerous throng of migrants and refugees, including many children fleeing from war, hunger, poverty and social injustice.”
He did not mention whether or not he thought a country has the right to secure their border, nor did he mention the dangers of bringing unvetted immigrants into a free, Westernized society.
Western societies have been extremely generous to these poor immigrants. And these countries have paid the price in the form of attacks like the ones in Paris, San Bernardino, and Brussels. Perhaps it is time for other Muslim nations like Saudi Arabia and Dubai to start welcoming asylum seekers.
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