Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, has caused uproar by breaking the secular taboo when she said at a meeting of the German Protestant Church that’ Christianity is “the most persecuted religion worldwide.” Chancellor Merkel went on to say that ‘Germany needed to protect Christian minorities as part of its foreign policy.’ Interestingly, the Chancellor also spoke out against strict separation of church and state and said Europe was built on Christian foundations.
The anti-Catholic German Green party politician Jerzy Montag unsurprisingly described Chancellor Merkel’s comments as “mistaken” and “not very helpful”.
Human Rights Watch ignored the fact that Chancellor Merkel had specifically referred to the worldwide persecution of Christianity when it retorted that Muslims in Myanmar, and members of Falun Gong in China were persecuted.
The secular media usually impose a news blackout on reporting the persecution of Christians. “Gospel for Asia”, an organisation which aims to spread the Gospel’s message in Asia reports this week that in India alone there has been a “400% increase” in the number of assaults against Christians. This has been covered by the Italian newspaper La Stampa, but by no other news outlet. The reason for this? The anti-Christian bias, and prejudice, of many secular journalists and editors means they have more in common with the persecutors of Christians, than the Christians themselves.
Protect the Pope comment: Chancellor Merkel’s comments concur with the findings of the recent European Parliament seminar Discrimination of Christians in Europe. During the seminar is was revealed that a recent opinion poll showed that 74 per cent of those surveyed felt that Christians faced “negative discrimination” compared with people of other religious faiths. A further 60 per cent of those polled said that such discrimination was on the increase. A participant at the seminar said, “Even friendly criticism of homosexuality has led to criminal investigation.” He added, “We are not asking for special treatment, privileges or exceptions but merely the right to exercise freedom of speech.”