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In response to Dr Frank Giles (Irish Examiner, Letters, 11 September) let me ask, do you think refugees are less deserving of our help based on their religious beliefs?
Your argument could be construed as sectarian diatribe based on the hysterical belief that Muslims are going to takeover Western Europe. Nonsense. There more than four million Muslims living in Germany peacefully. There are also 49,204 (Census 2011) Muslims living in Ireland peacefully.
You may believe that these people are going to become a burden on European social services, but it is not only an obligation under international law to help these people but also our moral duty.
You say a “great many coming in have views which are incompatible with with Europe’s value system”. Where exactly is this value system? Is it in the shabby treatment of refugees by the Hungarian authorities? Is it in the harsh austerity opposed on the people of Greece? Or is it in the institutionalised abuse suffered by women and children at the hands of the Catholic Church?
There is no denying that these destitute people are coming from a culture that has differences to our own but integration has been successful to date. Immigrants to Ireland from all over the world have integrated successfully becoming valuable, honorable citizens.
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