http://www.barnabasfund.org . A report by an Austrian-based NGO has catalogued wide-ranging examples of anti-Christian discrimination in Europe and the US over the last five years.
The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians highlights such instances as hate crimes against Christians and church buildings, the restriction of freedom of conscience, expression and religion, and interference with employment, education and parental rights. It also notes how Christianity has been marginalized by defamation and insult, negative stereotyping and the suppression or removal of religious symbols.
The report does not claim to be exhaustive but rather states that it gives “impressions of the phenomenon, revealing to the reader its diverse aspects and far-reaching scope”.
The report concludes, “Christianity … faces acts of intolerance, partly inflicted by small radical groups… It is the duty of the political community to be aware of and tackle the phenomenon of intolerance and discrimination against Christians.” It offers a number of recommendations for governments and institutions and calls for governments to modify legislation that discriminates against Christians.
- Praise the Lord for this report, which highlights the very real persecution that Christians in the West are facing today. Pray that Western governments will consider the recommendations and ensure that Western Christians are not marginalized or mistreated.