Will Germany take Iraqi Christians or is that unfair?

We recently reported on churches in Germany calling on their government to take in up to 30,000 Christians who had fled Iraq. A German website says:

Negotiations are underway within the German government and parliament, to sort out numbers and procedures for such a resettlement program, and there is political consensus that swift action is urgently needed.


Not so fast. The radical Green Party objects.


Germany’s Green party endorses the plan, but says opening the gates only for Christians is hypocritical. Volker Beck, a senior Green party lawmaker, criticized Germany’s ruling coalition for being willing to take in Christians from Iraq, but not other refugees.


“We have to help everybody who is persecuted and cannot say these are our Christian brothers and sisters, and for others with a different identity we don’t care,” Beck said.


The article pointed out that Christians are under attack in Iraq from Sunnis and Shiites. Churches have been bombed, priests have been killed, women and children massacred. But why should that entitle them to special treatment? I guess if you’re a radical egalitarian it doesn’t. Everyone is the same, nobody should be treated differently. Even if one group is far more endangered than the other. They don’t explain, though, how they plan to “help everybody who is persecuted” — bring a few hundred million persecuted people from around the world to Germany?  Unfortunately, the churches don’t have a backbone to speak of:


The churches say they share this view, but that first they have to push for what can be achieved politically.


No wonder the churches are losing members. They can’t even stand up for their fellow Christians when radicals attack.  I don’t know enough about German politics to make a prediction; I just hope the Greens’ point of view is seen for the foolishness it is.

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