BRUSSELS (ChurchMilitant.com) - European Union (EU) officials are threatening to boot Poland and Hungary from the EU because of their refusal to accept their quota of Muslim migrants.
The Eastern-European-majority-Christian nations are being threatened because they have consistently refused to accept quotas imposed on them by the EU.
On Tuesday, an EU representative told The Times, "They will have to make a choice: are they in the European system or not? You cannot blackmail the EU, unity has a price. ... We are going to be very tough on this."
The European Union has sought to relocate about 160,000 migrants from the Middle East since the crisis began in 2014. Many European countries, however, are facing dire financial deficits to feed, house and clothe migrants from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
In countries like Sweden, Germany and France, where migrants have been accepted with open arms, there has been an explosion of sexual crimes against citizen women and children, along with riots, theft and destruction of property by Muslim migrants.
A 2016 public opinion poll from members of 10 European countries show that 60 percent believe refugees will increase terrorism in their countries and half believe migrants are a "burden to society" by taking jobs and social benefits from citizens.
Despite the crisis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is leading the charge to have all members of the EU accept certain numbers of migrants into their own countries, Poland and Hungary have taken a few thousand each and refuse to take more.
Late this year the European Court of Justice will be looking into the legality of the quota system and is expected to issue a judgment.
In response, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło is declaring Poland "will resist blackmail and pressure." She asserts the Catholic nation will continue its "prudent and reasonable migrant policy."
She further notes, "The European Union made a fatal mistake under pressure from lobbyists but also under a lot of pressure from Germany – it accepted resolutions which turned out not only to be ineffective but also did not solve the migrant problem."
Hungary's reaction to the mass migration has been, perhaps, the strongest. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been especially outspoken in his resistance to EU quotas. In January, he wrote an editorial for the National Review where he commented, "The main threat to the future of Europe is not those who want to come here to live but our own political, economic and intellectual elites bent on transforming Europe against the clear will of the European people."
In 2016, Archbishop Gyula Marfi, of the archdiocese of Veszprém, commented, "I have never dishonored the Muslims but their morals are completely different from ours." He continued:
What for us is a sin, for them is a virtue. What we consider a minor fault, for them is a mortal sin. For example, for them to deceive a kafir (infidel) is a particularly good action. We have to consider this, without judging. Nobody wants to harm them, nor do I hate them. I love and respect them. I pray for them every day.
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