The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe recently reported 191 hate crimes against Christians in 16 European countries to the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) for inclusion in its 2016 hate crimes report. Continue reading
The 42-year-old man, who remains unidentified, filmed himself burning the Muslim holy book in his garden in north Jutland in December 2015, and then posted the video on Facebook.
Some religions enjoy the protections of the law, others not.
An Islamic State group affiliate in Egypt released a video Monday showing the suicide bomber who killed nearly 30 people when he attacked a packed church in December and vowing more attacks on the country’s Christians.
A narrator says in the 20-minute video that the Egyptian Christians are the extremist group’s “favorite prey.” Continue reading
In one of his first official acts as newly-elected President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani hosted a ceremony in the premises of the European Parliament in Brussels yesterday to mark annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which falls on 27 January. Continue reading
In Germany there is widespread astonishment about the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, and his Protestant homologue, Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm. The two dignitaries lead a joint pilgrimage of Catholic and Protestant clergy to the Holy Land in order to manifest the spirit of brotherhood and reconciliation between the two confessions. But what they really have manifested is a spirit of submission. Continue reading
A report just released by the international religious freedom organisation Open Doors reveals a shocking level of attacks on Christian refugees while being housed in German refugee centres. Over the period covered by the research, up to September 2016, a total of 743 cases are documented of Christian refugees who have reported religiously motivated attacks. Continue reading
The militantly anti-religious “European Humanist Federation” has silently withdrawn its European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) called “Wake up Europe – Act for Democracy”. The ambition of that initiative had been to overturn the democratically elected government of an EU Member State, namely the government of Hungary led by the social-conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. As the EHF claim, this was not due to lack of support, but rather to the insight that the ECI “was not the appropriate way to address this sensitive and complex issue”.
In the meantime, Viktor Orbán continues on his successful reform path. One of his latest achievements is to have set up a new department to assist persecuted Christians in the Middle East with an initial budget of $3.35 million.