Poland’s government announced today that in the wake of the attacks on Paris, it will no longer participate in the EU’s resettlement plan for the thousands of refugees attempting to reach Europe. “After the tragic events of Paris, we do not see the political possibility of respecting the plan,” Poland’s European affairs minister wrote in a statement.
The plan, approved in September, would distribute 120,000 refugees throughout the EU’s 28 member states—a relatively small number considering the 770,000 people who have reached the continent by sea this year. Only a little more than 100 refugees have been resettled so far. The plan was adopted over the strong resistance of Eastern European countries, including Poland, who have far smaller foreign-born populations and have been reluctant about taking in large numbers of immigrants. Poland’s previous government had agreed to take in 5,000 refugees under the scheme, but in late October, Poland elected the nationalist, euroskeptic Law and Justice Party, which had strongly criticized the decision at the time. Poland has seen large rallies against taking in more refugees.
The Paris attacks are likely to upend the European conversation over this already painful and contentious issue, particularly if early reports are confirmed that at least one of the attackers entered Europe through Greece as a refugee. Poland is unlikely to be the last country to make this kind of move.
Legally speaking, EU countries don’t have the right to back out of the plan, which was voted on by a majority of states, so if more countries start resisting it could pose a threat not just to the resettlement scheme but to the union’s entire governance system. This is particularly tragic given that the vast majority of those making the dangerous journey from Syria to Europe are fleeing violence of the kind seen in Paris on Friday night.
Tens of thousands of Christians in Poland took to the streets to fight Islam and leftism, crying out “Stop Islamisation” and the most beautiful words of “God, honour, homeland,” which reminds me so much of St. Peter’s words, “Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” (1 Peter 2:17). Here are some photos of this event:
According to one report:
Tens of thousands of protesters poured into Warsaw’s streets on Wednesday for a demonstration organised by the far-right, marching under the slogan “Poland for the Polish” and burning an EU flag.
Police said 25,000 people joined the march, which marked the anniversary of Poland’s return to independence after World War I, while organisers put the numbers at 50,000.
“God, honour, homeland,” chanted the protesters as they marched under a sea of red-and-white Polish flags.
Demonstrators trampled and burned a European Union flag at one point, while a banner added to the anti-EU theme with the slogan “EU macht frei” (“Work makes you free” in German), a reference to the slogan over the gates at Auschwitz.
“Yesterday it was Moscow, today it’s Brussels which takes away our freedom,” chanted one group of protesters.
Other banners read “Great Catholic Poland” and “Stop Islamisation.”
Several thousand riot police officers were deployed for the protest, which was punctuated by numerous firecrackers and smoke bombs but otherwise went off peacefully.
The annual march, organised by Poland’s nationalist right, has seen clashes in previous years.
“I came here because I love Poland and want to show it,” said 27-year-old Piotr, who came with his fiancee. “I came here for my grandfather, who fought in the Warsaw Uprising (against the Nazi occupation of the Polish capital), and for his father, who fought for independence.”
Poland is truly one of the last nations that has stood its ground for the cause of God and Church, against leftism, sodomite tyranny and heresy, cults, and other destructive ideologies. I am not here to discuss the tensions between Catholics and Orthodox, but what I will affirm is that they must unite. When the Muslims wanted to conquer Belgrade, in Serbia in 1456, Catholics and Orthodox stood side by side against the enemy. They put aside their conflicts, and fought for God, brotherhood, and the empire of Christendom.
The Pope, Calixtus III, sent cardinals to France, Germany, and Poland to preach the crusade against the Ottomans. Alfonso V of Aragon and Naples joined the cause and agreed to supply fifteen galleys for the crusading fleet. Afonso V of Portugal vowed to give twelve thousand men; and St. John Capistrano, a Franciscan preacher filled with fervor, raised many a man in Hungary and Transylvania to enter the crusade. He pulled men into the righteous cause with his words filled with zeal; men more concerned about image rather than our eternal war with evil discouraged him from preaching. But one day, during the Mass, he saw, in a vision, an arrow with the words, “Fear not, John. Go down quickly. In the power of my name and of the Holy Cross thou wilt conquer the Turks.”
And so he continued his mission. The Germans, on the other hand, did nothing to assist the cause of the Cross, and its bishops grumbled most impiously because of the crusading tax. The crusaders marched on to Belgrade, for if Belgrade fell, the whole of southeastern Europe would be open to the Turks. Capistrano brought eight thousand men, while Hunyadi led about sixteen thousand. Such numbers were inferior to the eighty thousand jihadists Mehmet had under his grasp. Pope Calixtus III called on all archbishops, abbots, and priests to pray, fast, and give penance for deliverance from the Turks.
The warriors arrived in Belgrade, and Capistrano said Mass and commanded the other priests present to not participate in the fighting, but to tend the wounded. Shells struck the walls of the city, and such a terrifying bombardment continued on for two weeks. But, still, the saints remained steadfast. It came to their knowledge that the Turks were planning on cutting off the city from all outside support, but to such a worry Capistrano left the city with a promise that he would return with another army. On his arrival, he brought with him a rustic bunch; the Ottomans were already there, and their numbers caused so much fear that Hunyandi, looking upon the lowly army of Capistrano, even proposed retreating. Capistrano would not allow it, and he sharply told Hunyandi that they would never leave, but would go down fighting.
The Crusaders under Hunyandi advanced with two hundred boats, and as they fought a naval battle, Capistrano stood on the shore, holding up high a crucifix which the pope had given him, declaring “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!” The Christians prevailed on the waters, and the fighting continued in Belgrade itself. The Turks beat the walls with their canons, and, at that time, all seemed hopeless. Hunyandi again suggested retreat, and, again, Capistrano turned it down. The Turks penetrated the walls at certain parts of the city and were in the midst of the Christians. Turk and Christian fought hand to hand in the streets as Hunyandi directed them, and Capistrano held high the Holy Cross. As the crucifix remained ascended, the Christians advanced. On every street and in almost every building, fighting took place.
Turkish artillery was now of little help; the gunners could not see the enemy. It was at this moment that the preying horned owls were blinded, and the strong falcons prevailed. By the next morning the Turks began their retreat from the streets, which were now engulfed in blood. The Christians followed through and relentlessly pursued them to finish them off. Hunyandi was able to seize some of the Turks’ guns and use them on his enemy, and an arrow struck the body of Mehmet, the wound compelling the sound for the retreat. And as all of this took place, there stood the saintly fighter, Capistrano, with arms stretched above his head toward Heaven, his hands gripped on the crucifix. (Carroll, A History of Christendom, vol. iii, ch. xiii, pp. 571-572; Moczar, Islam at the Gates, ch. iii, pp. 76-9) By this we are so reminded of that holy day in which the Hebrew saints defeated the heathen Amelekites, as Moses stood holding his staff up to the air:
“And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua discomfited Amalek, and his people with the edge of the sword.” (Exodus 17:11-13)
The Holy Spirit never ceased to work through His saints, from Israel onwards, it continued, from Moses to Capistrano, from Hunyandi to Joshua. The warpath of the infidel Turk had been hindered by this great victory, which moved Pope Calixtus III so much that he called it, “the happiest event of my life.” They massacred fifty-thousand Turks in that battle. Calixtus III would also appoint an ex-Muslim from Albania who converted to Christianity, named Skanderberg, as “Captain-General for the Turkish war,” and he would lead successful attacks on the Turks until his death in 1468. (Carroll, A History of Christendom, vol. iii, ch. xiii, pp. 372-373) Now was the time to set the final blow upon the Turk; if only Christendom arose at that moment, the crescent would have been driven fully out of Europe. (Moczar, Islam at the Gates, ch. iii, p. 81)
I believe the Russian theologian Vladimir Sergeyevich was correct when writing that Catholic Poland is a brother to Orthodox Russia:
“The Russian people has a brother who has certain profound grievances against it, and it behooves us to make peace with this people which is both a brother and an enemy, in order to begin the sacrifice of our national egoism upon the altar of the Universal Church.” (The Russian Idea, ch. 8, p. 34)
The Orthodox and the Polish Catholics have so much in common. For one, they are both very zealous for their Faith, and they are both fighting against the enemies of Christianity, especially the sodomite agenda. Here is one video taken in Poland of Christians fighting against these mutants:
The Russians also do not hesitate to beat these evil sodomites:
There are so many forces gathering around against the last few nations where Christianity is strong and prosperous; but in these nations of fortified spirit, there are always multitudes of warriors willing to fight and die with zeal and selfless will. In Russia, the Orthodox will fight to the death for their Faith; in Poland, the Catholics will assail the forces of Antichrist; in America, there are still many Christians willing to fight and die for Christ; in Mexico, thousands of men are fighting and dying against the pagan cartels who are slaughtering Catholics. The war continues: it never ends. It did not end at Calgary, it began at Calgary. For the Apostles, carrying their cross, continued on the war of the Cross, fighting the demons. And now, the fray still goes on.
Let the Orthodox and the Catholics unite against the assailing ocean of darkness that is charging against them. Let them cry out, “God, Brotherhood, Christendom!” as they combat the forces of evil, whose father was that angel thrown from Heaven. Christ will return, and with His army of saints — consisting of all those who do the will of God — crush the foes of Heaven.