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The Thoughtful Pastor

"Abayapair" by Denise Chan from Hong Kong, China - nikab. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Abayapair.jpg#/media/File:Abayapair.jpg“Abayapair” by Denise Chan from Hong Kong, China – nikab. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Creative Commons

The repercussions are nightmarish. As we get more information about the December 31, 2015 attack by young male refugees on women in Cologne, Germany, the more disturbing the situation becomes.

A short recap for those not familiar with the story: organized groups of refuges, primarily from Arab and African areas, systematically groped, robbed and raped numerous young women on that night. Unrest had already been growing in Germany because of the large numbers of refugees that the country has generously welcomed.

But this is disastrous on so many levels. I doubt that any other act would do a better job in shutting doors to desperate refugees than this. It plays on so many fears.

About 10 days before these attacks, the New York Times ran an article about how Norway is working…

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