Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Afghans in St. Patrick's

Why did the Afghan "refugees" (illegal immigrants?) who are protesting in Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin choose to protest in a Christian church? I wonder if they have realized how successful their fellow Muslim immigrants have been by doing just that in Belgium. (To be honest, I'm not sure how reliable this site is.)

Over 160 Muslims squatting in Catholic Churches in Belgium are now on hunger strike - protesting their illegal status. Now we have 41 Afghans (Afghanis? Afghanistanis?) occupying St. Patrick's, which is actually Protestant, but maybe the Afghans didn't know this. And, they're on hunger strike too.

I don't really know why they they're so afraid to return to their homeland. Maybe they have legitimate fears. However, I don't believe it's just a coincidence that they chose a big Christian church in which to make their protest. Why? Why not the local mosque?