Migrants are now being given “Bible tests” at processing centres in Sweden, sparking outrage and condemnation from human rights lawyers.
The tests, however, have been roundly condemned amid accusations of cruelty, inaccuracy and the appropriateness of officials taking control of religious matters.
Carl Bexelius, deputy legal director at the Swedish Migration Agency, defended the decision as “reasonable”.
However, human rights campaigners and members of Sweden’s Christian community have lashed out at the new measure.
Refugees Welcome Sweden took to Twitter to hit out at the policy.
They said: “Migration Board re-introduces ‘catechism doctrine’. They are testing just Bible knowledge, not faith.”
Hans-Erik Nordin, Bishop of the Diocese of Strängnäs, said: “What knowledge does the Migration Agency have about religion and faith?”
And a deacon of a Swedish church said: “Migration Board tests the knowledge of Christianity, not faith.”