In Germany, Christians have long felt unwelcome and despised, but now their fears have turned into an act of civil disobedience against their government.
The country’s Christians have been increasingly at odds with the government over how to deal with the growing numbers of immigrants who want to settle in their country, including a new wave of asylum seekers who have been living in crowded shelters.
As the country struggles to accommodate the influx, many Christians have taken matters into their own hands, and are refusing to go to work and other activities.
In the past, the majority of Germans have remained silent on the issue, but the growing number of refugees and asylum seekers in the country have been raising the stakes.
Many of them are Christians, who are afraid of being labelled “unbelievers” or forced to live in a “shelter” of sorts.
Here’s what you need to know about the phenomenon of “Christians in Germany” and why they are taking matters into the streets.
What are Christians in Germany doing?
As the government tries to accommodate refugees and immigrants in Germany, many of them have been taking matters to the streets in solidarity.
The movement has sprung up in recent weeks, and is being organized by the Christian Social Union, or CSU, the largest Christian party in Germany.
Many Christian churches have also been staging protests, and have also demanded that the government address the issue of immigrants.
In a video posted to Facebook on Wednesday, the pastor of the St. Luke church in Germany’s Rhineland region said that he has been “proud” to stand up in front of his congregation to denounce the new asylum seekers.
The video, which was also shared widely on social media, shows a woman in a red hijab standing in front the congregation, and saying that “we cannot allow this to happen.”
“Christ’s love and the Gospel are in the world,” she tells the congregation.
“We cannot be silent in this struggle.”
On Wednesday, Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told the Bild newspaper that the migrants are an “abomination” and “devil.”
He added that “this will not end.”
On Friday, the chancellor of the Christian Democratic Union, Volker Kauder, told the German news agency dpa that the “number of asylum applications has risen dramatically” since last weekend, adding that “Christian communities are now being called to defend the Christian identity.”
He also said that Christians “must defend the country” from immigrants, saying that the issue “must be resolved.”
What are the refugees and the asylum seekers doing in Germany?
Some of the refugees who have settled in Germany have been able to settle comfortably.
But others, including those who have returned to their countries of origin, are facing increasing tensions.
On Wednesday afternoon, German police detained three men who had been living illegally in a refugee shelter in Berlin.
They were taken into custody for several hours and then released.
German news outlet dpa reported that police “found documents indicating that at least six of the men had registered for asylum and the identity cards of the others were found in their possession.”
The men were detained after a police operation led by a special anti-terror unit in Berlin, which “found a large number of documents” with their names, addresses and other personal details.
The men are currently being held in custody.
What is a “residence permit”?
A residence permit allows refugees to stay in the nation they came from, but they cannot work.
This is usually given to refugees and migrants who have had a positive experience in their countries.
In recent weeks the number of asylum requests for residence permits has increased significantly.
Earlier this week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that she was allowing more than 1 million people who have arrived in Germany over the past two years to obtain residency permits, which they can apply for online.
Some of these new applicants were initially granted residence permits for two years, but this is now being extended to three years.
However, asylum seekers still face a huge obstacle to securing a residence permit.
Some asylum seekers, such as Syrian refugees and Iraqis who were granted asylum in Germany on February 5, 2018, do not have the required documents to obtain a residence visa.
These people are now facing a huge dilemma: they must apply for a residence certificate, or they will be turned away at the border.
In Germany’s biggest city, Berlin, thousands of people have protested against the government’s plan to extend the residency permits and turn them away to asylum seekers living in temporary shelters.
On Friday morning, the protest took place in front in front, and a banner read, “Residence permits are not enough.”
The protesters are calling for the government to “ensure that all asylum seekers have a place to stay,” as well as to “address the situation of refugees in our country and to find a solution.”
In a statement, the government said that “resettlement of refugees is a priority for our government.”
But there are still many refugees who remain in limbo.
Many have not