Germany turns down asylum applications of several Christian converts. Reports emerged that Ministry for Immigration and Refugees (BAMF) has started rejecting many applications for asylum. The applications facing rejection were filed mostly by Iranian and Afghan converts from Islam to Christianity.
Detailing the situation, a Berlin based pastor Rev. Gottfried Martens, accused the “almost exclusively Muslim translators” used during the case hearings of intentionally altering the translation of the converts’ responses in order to lay their applications on the line.
He continued saying that in some hearings, these Christian converts seeking asylum “repeatedly undergo being mocked and laughed at when they relate how it is important to them that Jesus Christ died for their sins on the Cross.” He said that the most of the German Ministry officials “are manifestly clueless about the situation of Christians in Iran and Afghanistan, and, worse yet, they are utterly clueless concerning questions relating to the Christian faith.”
Further detailing the investigation process used by the officials he pointed finger at the procedure used in order to process the applications. He said that the procedure used to investigate whether the conversions were genuine “Questions are put such as the names of the two sons in the parable of the Prodigal Son, or what Martin Luther died of, or the occasion of Queen Margarethe of Denmark’s recent visit to Wittenberg.”
While commenting about the situation, a spokesman Open Doors said: “These Christians have either fled from their home countries because of their newfound faith and the persecution they had to face because of it, or have come to believe in Jesus Christ after fleeing to Germany.
Sending them back to their countries of origin is completely irresponsible in view of the situation for Christian converts in places like Iran or Afghanistan, because it is truly a matter of life and death. Open Doors demands an immediate revision of the policy of the BAMF in view of their dealing with converts.”