BERLIN (ChurchMilitant.com) - Christian refugees from the Middle East living in migrant housing with Muslims are having to hide their bibles to avoid anti-Christian attacks from Muslim refugees, according to Bundestag (Germany's National Parliament) member Erika Steinbach and Iranian-born pastor and Christian Democratic Union member Mahin Mousapour.
At a press conference Monday, Ms. Mousapour, who converted to Christianity 25 years ago, criticized the German government for giving Islam "too much respect," and that according to Islam, Christians living in migrant houses are told they are "impure as a dog" and "deserve death" for rejecting Islam.
"Toys of Christian children are being destroyed, Christian asylum seekers are told not only to wash their dishes after eating but also that they must clean the entire kitchen as it would otherwise be 'unclean,'" she said. "Many Muslim asylum seekers call all Christians unclean. Church services are held in secret, bibles and crucifixes have to be hidden."
Mousapour also claims she was threatened at knifepoint by a Muslim man on the street because of her Christianity. She used that example to highlight that even converts who do not live in migrant housing with the Muslims still attract their anger.
Steinbach, who is known to oppose Chancellor Angela Merkel's open borders policy regarding immigration, has called for deportation of all Muslims who attack or insult Christian migrants on the basis of their religion.
In response to Merkel's immigration policies, Steinbach has also called for setting up of refugee camps outside the German border, saying the migrants could "stay until the war is over, then go back home."
During Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, migrant shelters in Germany specifically catered to Muslim eating schedules, while the Christians in the camps only received leftovers. Steinbach has called for the system to be overhauled and that the migrant housing serve "breakfast, lunch and dinner as usual."