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Refugees: Sweden’s Deadly Double Standard against Xtians


by Gary Lane

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — While Europe has welcomed in thousands of Syrians, mostly Muslims, it’s a different story for Pakistani Christians. In Sweden, many are being ordered to return home — and some may face death.

Hundreds of thousands of Muslim migrants have sought a better life in Europe. Pakistani Faisal Javaid became a Christian after he arrived in Sweden.

“I don’t have any more belief in Islam,” he told CBN News.

Javaid fell in love with Eka, a Christian woman from the country of Georgia who introduced him to Christ. He was baptized last April, but unlike many other migrants, Javaid soon faced rejection from his host country.

When Deportation Means Death

The word is out: If you are a Muslim and you’re from Syria, you are welcome in Sweden — there’s an open border. But if you are a Christian and you are from Pakistan, you may as well pack your bags and go home.

The Swedish Migration Board issued a deportation order against Javaid and his family. Javaid would be sent back to Pakistan, and his wife and daughter to Eka’s home country of Georgia. The couple is expecting another child in November.

Eka could barely talk about her plight, tearfully telling CBN News she wants her family to remain together in Sweden. Not only would deportation separate a family, but it would also endanger Javaid’s life because Muslims now consider him to be an apostate.

“If we will be deported — our family, relatives, friends, everyone — they just think this is their responsibility to kill us,” he explained. “We want just to save our life. I want to stay with my family.”

Javaid’s lawyer, Gabriel Donner, said, “They didn’t care if he was a convert or not. And the practice here in Sweden has so far been that no Christians from Pakistan need any protection.”

Donner sued the Swedish government, charging it had violated European Union rules that require protection for Muslims who convert to Christianity. He says the court agreed.

“The court said this can’t be done and sent everything back to the migration board and said, ‘You have to do your homework and do this properly this time,'” Donner said.

Eventually Javaid and his family may be allowed to stay in Sweden.

“As long as Faisal can prove that he is a true believer, he’s safe,” Donner explained.

Proof of Conversion

But how does Javaid prove his conversion is sincere, that he didn’t just pose as a Christian to get asylum?

His pastor, Joel Backman of Elim Church, sent a letter to the migration board. He admits gauging faith is difficult.

“I mean, how do you determine my faith and how do I determine yours? So, we write what we can and that is the visible things: They come to church. They pray and they’re part of our Bible studies. They’re part of ministry as a whole,” Backman told CBN News.

“I mean that is what we can say to the government and we can throw in assessment. I believe this is sincere,” he said.

Before Elim, Javaid attended a house church in Eskiltuna led by Gabriel Blad. He said Swedish Migration


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