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Dutch church's 800hrs. service to stop deportation

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(CNN)A church in the Netherlands is holding an around-the-clock service that has lasted more than 800 hours, to shield a family from deportation.

Under Dutch law, police officers are not permitted to enter a church while a religious service is taking place. So, for more than a month, hundreds of pastors and volunteers from across the country have been meeting to maintain the 24/7 service in support of an Armenian family whose asylum claim has been rejected.
Theo Hettema, chairman of the General Council of Protestant Ministers in the Netherlands, told CNN the service will continue"as long as it's necessary."https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/29/europe/netherlands-church-service-deportation-intl/index.html?utm_term=link&utm_source=fbCNNi&utm_content=2018-11-29T16%3A30%3A13&utm_medium=social
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Church is not only a place of worship but also a place of refuge.
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Do you like how this church handled the situation?
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Weird, Christians acting like Christians...
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Weird, Christians acting like Christians...
Right on.
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This is the most beautiful act I've ever heard of, I would love to be there to witness this in person. Blessings to this loving clergyman and this parish.
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Why does this church get to decide who stays in their country?
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Why does this church get to decide who stays in their country?
The church is a place of siege and refuge; those who run into it in time of crisis are safe. It is their way of helping a family who have lived there for many years already and they don't see that they should be deported.
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Finally a good use for religion.
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God bless true Christians that love exceedingly.
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This kind of church asylum has been practiced in Norway for at least 30 years.
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the church indeed is a place of refuge
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