Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Christians Are Increasingly Being Discriminated Against in Europe

Jesus promised that His followers would be persecuted. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Joel Kontinen

Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world. Of all the people who are persecuted for their religious beliefs, 75 per cent are followers of Jesus. Christians are not only discriminated against in communist or Islamic countries but they are also being marginalized in Europe.

In December, the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe published a 40-page report that indicated that Christians are being increasingly discriminated against in Europe. Many EU countries favour the rights of Muslims, homosexuals and freethinkers and marginalize Christian values.

The report mentions dozens of disturbing examples, including the following ones:

· In May 2010 police arrested Scottish street preacher Dale McAlpine after he said that homosexuality was a sin.

· In July 2010 the Spanish government fined a Christian television network 100,000 euros for running a series of advertisements in favour of traditional family values and opposing the homosexual lifestyle.

· In October 2010 the British Humanist Association (BHA) attempted to shut down a zoo that presents Noah’s Flood as a historical event and is critical of Darwinian evolution.

· In December 2009 homosexual students disrupted a lecture Edith Düsing, a Protestant philosopher, was holding at Cologne University. Professor Düsing has conducted research indicating that homosexuality can be healed.

· In October 2007 a Catholic airport worker in Manchester, England, was suspended for displaying an image of Jesus on a staff room wall after a Muslim colleague complained.

· In February 2010 twelve crosses were removed from the walls of a public hospital in Bad Soden, Germany, and thrown into trash bags.


Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe