Catholic archbishop condemns Muslim violence against Christian migrants in Germany

A Roman Catholic archbishop in Germany has condemned the religiously motivated violence against Christian migrants perpetrated by Muslim extremists and has called for a response to the problem.

(REUTERS / Michaela Rehle)Migrants walk along a corridor in a refugee camp near a former casern during a visit of German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen in Sonthofen, southern Germany, August 13 2015.

German Archbishop Ludwig Schick lamented that some newly arrived hardline Muslim immigrants do not understand Germany's liberal values and said this was something the country had to address. He called for action against people who do not show respect for others because of their beliefs or religious background, Breitbart reports.

"You can not arrive in our society if you do not value our values," said Archbishop Schick. "All sensible and well-intentioned people must resolutely oppose those who, whatever their religion or ideology, are lacking in respect for their fellow human beings. It will not work without such boundaries!"

Schick was responding to the German government's new report stating that there were 100 incidents of religiously motivated violence against Christians last year. Christian migrants staying in asylum homes, especially those who had converted from Islam, have reportedly been subjected to violence or threatened by their Muslim counterparts. 

Conservative politicians in Germany are alarmed by data recently released by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA). A spokesperson told Deutsche Welle that the figures only covered the hate crimes recorded until the end of November 2017.

In light of the revelations, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrman called for absolute tolerance for Christians who are trying to integrate into German society. He said those who want to live in the country are not welcome if they continue their anti-Christian stance and actions.

Christian Democratic Union interior policy spokesman Ansgar Heveling said the hate crimes need to be addressed in the same way that they are responding to anti-Semitic attacks at present. He also called for better protection of Christian institutions, saying it was the responsibility of the German government to take care of persecuted asylum seekers and mete out appropriate punishments for the perpetrators.