On Monday, the church’s spiritual leader for southern Hungary — scene of some of the the most violent Muslim invader uprisings anywhere in Europe — had a message for Pope Francis: “His Holiness is wrong.”
Washington Post (h/t Maria J) “They’re not refugees. This is an invasion,” said Bishop Laszlo Kiss-Rigo, whose dominion stretches across the southern reaches of this predominantly Catholic nation. “They come here with cries of ‘Allahu Akbar.’ They want to take over.”
The bishop’s stark language reflects a broader spiritual struggle in Europe over how to respond to a burgeoning flow of predominantly Muslim men, women and children onto a largely Christian continent.
The pope’s call for compassion and charity is competing with a view most prominently articulated by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who affectionately has come to be known as Europe’s ‘Donald Trump,’ has casted the flow of illegal alien Muslim migrants as a direct challenge to Europe’s Christian character.
Ugly Scenes as Muslim invaders clash with police, demanding immediate transport to Germany:
In Hungary and most of Central and Eastern Europe, it’s the prime minister’s view that seems to be winning out.
Even as Catholics in other parts of Europe heeded the pope’s plea for help Monday, there was little evidence here that church leaders were prepared to elevate what has so far been an anemic response to one of the worst humanitarian crises Europe has seen in decades.
And despite the heat that Orban has taken worldwide for attempts to crack down on some of the globe’s most dangerous people by halting their journeys or throwing them into prison, his stance has seemed to only burnish his reputation here as a no-nonsense nationalist who will defend the country against an onslaught of “tens of millions” of new arrivals.
Hungarian police battle with Muslim thugs in invader camp:
I’m in total agreement with the prime minister,” Kiss-Rigo said in an interview Monday. The pope, by contrast, “doesn’t know the situation.”
The situation, as Kiss-Rigo describes it, is that Europe is being inundated by people who are posing as refugees but actually present a grave threat to the continent’s “Christian, universal values.”
Even though the majority of invaders who have crossed the border in southern Hungary are from Syria, he judged them unworthy of assistance because most of them “have money.”
Hungarian police fight with Muslim invaders near Austrian border who refuse to follow orders:
They leave rubbish in their wake, he said, and refuse when offered food. “Most of them behave in a way that is very arrogant and cynical,” said Kiss-Rigo, who has been bishop for nine years in an area that is home to some 800,000 Catholics. Volunteers say they are getting little support from larger aid organizations — particularly Christian charities.
Balazs Odor — an official with the Reformed Church in Hungary, the country’s second-largest denomination — acknowledged that faith groups had been slow off the mark in responding to the crisis. “We were not fast or vocal in giving a clear reaction to the situation. I have to admit that,” he said.
Chaos in Hungary as Muslim invaders refuse to wait to be registered:
Odor said he rejected Orban’s view that Christianity in Europe is under assault but said the arrival in Europe of hundreds of thousands of Muslims had unquestionably “created anxiety. And that’s politically misused.”
But Orban’s attempts to position the country as a Christian bulwark against a Muslim onslaught strikes a deep chord in the national psyche, said Botond Feledy, a political analyst. Orban has introduced a clause in the constitution that cites “the role of Christianity in preserving nationhood” and promoting religious education in the schools. The tactic has worked for him, boosting his popularity.
As Hungary struggles to maintain border control in the face of this invasion, they will soon begin jailing the illegal intruders: