Immigration Tensions Rise in Europe

Rev 6:3-4 NCV When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!" Then another horse came out, a red one. Its rider was given power to take away peace (prosperity, rest) from the earth and to make people kill each other (butcher, slaughter, to maim violently, in streets), and he was given a big sword (assassins sword, terrorist, loud, mighty, sore afraid).

“Hardly a day goes by when our senses are not bludgeoned by some new outbreak of terrorism in the Middle East.  Despite our best efforts at making and keeping the peace, political, economic, and religious tensions often lead to unrest, violence, and riots.”

-Jim Bakker in “Prosperity and the Coming Apocalypse”

Paratroopers and Jewish children were shot down in Southern France by al Qaeda- inspired gunmen. A fanatic Muslim fires on dozens of children at a summer camp in Norway. These two horrific atrocities have created fear of a new trend in terrorist behavior, inspiring ethnic and religious hostilities.

This kind of intolerance is testing the status quo and it is bleeding into the mainstream areas of Europe. Islamic radicals are springing forth with violence, in   greater numbers through disadvantaged neighborhoods, full of immigrants.

After the killing in Toulouse, France, there has been an outcry from European citizens, complaining about the growing Islamic presence in Western Europe.

Magnus Ranstorp, research director of the Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies in Sweden has come to this conclusion, “These terrorist events are creating sparks, and a small spark can set off a huge fire. It can set off huge social polarization, and this is what the terrorists want to achieve. Now there is an increased rightwing climate – the counter-jihad movement – feeding off these Islam phobic forces.”

Europe had become known for their high standard of living in a tolerant social climate. That reputation brought many foreigners across their borders. Today they are deeply concerned about the loose immigration laws and the economic crisis they are facing.  It’s almost like the Europeans are trying to rediscover their religious and cultural identity all over again.

Fueling this fire are immigrants moving to Europe from northern Africa and other countries with large Islamic populations. Local mosques have also played a role in influencing young Muslims to be radicals in Europe, even if the Muslim community leaders try to steer young people toward productive lives.

“For people who are a little fragile, people who are a little sensitive … we’re overheating them by telling them that there’s this cosmic war between good and evil,” says Nicolas Lebourg, a historian who studies the far-right at Perpignan University in southern France.

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