The Corner

Green-Card Christians?

In China in the old days people used to deride “rice Christians,” who supposedly came to church services only for the handout of food afterwards. That’s what occurred to me when I read today about a court in Germany that recently granted asylum to a illegal alien from Iran who converted from Islam to Christianity and feared persecution if he returned. I have no reason to doubt that he is a genuine Christian, and Lord knows I am all for Muslims embracing Christ, but if we started to get serious about enforcing our immigration laws, would we start seeing an uptick in such conversions? The Justice Department doesn’t keep statistics on the grounds for asylum claims, so there’s no easy way to find out if it’s already been happening, but it seems pretty likely.