Controversial “religious” art exhibition opens at EU Parliament

h_53575398-1Brussels-based newspaper New Europe reports that a controversial exhibition, “The Pillars of Scriptures”, by Danish artist Jens Galschiøt opened at the European Parliament in Brussels on 10 July. The eight sculptures show the darkest and brightest quotes from the Quran, the Bible, and the Torah. Continue reading “Controversial “religious” art exhibition opens at EU Parliament”


Prominent Jesuit: the Pope is wrong on Islam, but Viktor Orbán is right…

photoThe well-known Jesuit Henri Boulad, former Provincial of the Jesuits in Egypt and director of the Jesuit Cultural Center in Alexandria, has a life-long experience of what it means to live as a non-Muslim in a predominantly Islamic country. A few weeks ago, he has accepted Hungarian citizenship in order to support the restrictive migration policy of the Hungarian head of government, Viktor Orbán, and to exert a corresponding influence on the European immigration policy.  Continue reading “Prominent Jesuit: the Pope is wrong on Islam, but Viktor Orbán is right…”

Danish dhimmis protect the Quran, but not the Bible…

23denmark-01-master768A man who set fire on a copy of the Quran is the first Danish national charged with blasphemy in 46 years.

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.

In 1997, a Danish artist burned a copy of the Bible on a news show by a state broadcaster but was not charged.

Some religions enjoy the protections of the law, others not.

EU foreign policy chief calls for respect for religious voices in political debate EU’s Foreign Policy Chief, Federica Mogherini, has defended the rights of religious actors to have their voices heard in political debates. Replying to a Written Question from a Member of the European Parliament, Ms Mogherini referred to Europe’s “dark years, when one could be deprived of one’s political rights because of faith.” Continue reading “EU foreign policy chief calls for respect for religious voices in political debate”

Report shows increased religious persecution in 2016 bi-annual Religious Freedom Report for 2016 of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) reveals that religious persecution continues to rise across the world. The report, covering the period 2014-2016 demonstrates that Christianity is the most persecuted faith around the world: more than 330 million Christians live in countries where they are persecuted and a further 60 million Christians suffer various forms of discrimination. Continue reading “Report shows increased religious persecution in 2016”

European Parliament assists reconciliation efforts in Iraq

irak-bxl-conference-santegidio-1After two years of brutal and criminal rule by Islamic State terrorists, the people of northern Iraq are finally hopeful of an end to their suffering. This week the European Parliament brought together religious leaders from the region, as well as religious organisations involved in peace and reconciliation work, to start preparing for a return to normal life. Continue reading “European Parliament assists reconciliation efforts in Iraq”