IN THE NEWS! Sweden Under Fire For Testing Christian Knowledge Of Asylum Seekers

Sweden’s Migration Agency is in hot controversy for giving Bible knowledge quizzes to Christian asylum seekers, local media reports. Social media users have described the exercise as ‘absurd and ridiculous’.

Some of the asylum seekers became Christians in their home country and fled because of persecution, while others just wanted to leave Islam, SVT reports. 

One lawyer representing asylum seekers, Serpil Güngör, told the broadcaster that it was a terrible idea to test the asylum seekers in this way.

“I think it’s terrible. I have repeatedly had to interrupt administrators who ask these questions because they are not relevant and are far too complicated,” Güngör said.

Some representatives of the Church of Sweden were hesitant to support the idea of administering detailed ‘Christianity quizzes.’

“Migration Board tests the knowledge of Christianity, not faith,” a deacon of a Swedish church that has been working with Christian asylum seekers for years told SVT on condition of anonymity.

The deacon’s church has already begun writing a handbook of facts on Christianity to prepare asylum seekers for their interviews with the Migration Agency, SVT said.
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