The Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly has adopted, with 67 against 2 votes, an important Resolution entitled “Tackling intolerance and discrimination in Europe with a special focus on Christians”.
The rapporteur and drafter of this Resolution was Valeriu Ghiletchi, a Christian Democrat politician and Baptist pastor from Moldova.
There is growing awareness that while nearly all other groups in society, including groups define themselves through their unusual sex behaviours, can rely on special protections conferred unto them through so-called “anti-discrimination” laws, there is one group that, although (or perhaps because) it stands for the spiritual and moral heritage that has shaped Europe’s identity, enjoys no comparable protection: Christians.
In a society that is increasingly dominated by, on the one hand, the complete absence of any metaphysical thoughts and, on the other hand, by aggressive Secularism, Christians risk being marginalized. There is a double standard in public discourse according which the most vicious insults and mockery seem acceptable (and, consequently, can rely on “freedom of expression”) when they are directed against the Christian faith, whereas they would never be tolerated if they were directed against any other religion, let alone against the sensitivities of the secularist “juste milieu”. The Christian faith is tolerated only insofar as it leads to no practical consequences – but if, for example, a Christian medical doctor or health worker refuses to participate in practices such as abortion or euthanasia, this can mean the end of his or her professional career. In certain countries Christian adoption agencies had to shut down becaused they refused to submit to a novel secular dogma according which same-sex couples, who by nature never could become parents, have a “right” to adopt children. Christian parents who did not want their children to be educated according to school curricula that they believe to be contrary to the moral order have been sanctioned, and in some cases the children have been taken away from them. There also is a rapidly growing incidence of acts of vandalism directed against Churches and religious symbols. According to some statistics, Christians are far more likely to be the targets of such crimes than any other groups – and those statistics refer to European countries, not to somewhere else.
Today’s PACE Resolution is a first and important step to tackle intlerance and discrimination. Hopefully, it will provide the basis for further action.