Christian refugees seeking asylum in Great Britain are facing difficult Bible trivia tests that western Christians with years of Sunday school under their belts might still not be able to pass.
The future of these refugees fleeing religious persecution hinges on obscure questions, like knowing when Pentecost is, or being able to name all twelve apostles or how many books are in the Bible.
In some cases refugees were required to recite the Ten Commandments. The BBC reports an Iranian convert to Christianity was asked that question as a test of his faith.
But no matter how genuine his Christian conversion, he simply did not have years of Bible-study to help him succeed with that question.
The main assessment about the failures of the British asylum system comes from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief.
It’s a group of members of British Parliament that “exists to raise awareness and profile of international freedom of religion or belief as a human right.”
They’ve issued a new report highlighting the problem facing refugees in the UK, pointing out that the process for asylum seekers applying to stay is often unfair.
The report states that using a “Bible trivia” test is “a very poor way of assessing a conversion asylum claim and result(s) in wrong decisions and expensive appeals.”
“Christian and Christian convert asylum seekers are still being asked detailed factual ‘Bible trivia’ questions which is too simplistic a way to judge if an individual is, for example, a genuine convert,” the report states.
And in some cases the caseworkers have a limited knowledge of Christianity themselves, which is complicating the process for applicants.
“In one case, the Home Office caseworker had not realised that an Anglican Church can also be an Evangelical one and found the applicant’s testimony inconsistent as it did not match the Church’s public information on its website,” the report reveals.
Meanwhile, it’s not just Christian refugees facing trying circumstances. In some European churches, regular Christian worshippers are being displaced as their churches make refugees the main priority.
Breitbart reports that churches in Germany have taken steps to “de-Christianify” their facilities to welcome the mostly Muslim migrants, taking down crosses, removing pews to make room for prayer mats, and even marking the direction toward Mecca.
And at a church in northern Italy, congregants have been told to pray in silence, to keep from disturbing refugees staying at the church.