Friday, March 30, 2012

Observary report shows that 85% of all hate crimes with an anti-religion background in Europe are directed against Christians

The Observatory's Report on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in the Year 2011 was released on March 19th, 2012. This report portrays the most important developments with regard to freedom of religion, the most striking cases of intolerance and discrimination throughout Europe – and what individuals and institutions say about it. The report includes several statistics as well as analysis of the meaning of freedom of religion in the European context.

Dr. Gudrun Kugler, director of the Observatory, explains: „Studies suggest that 85% of all hate crimes with an anti-religion background in Europe are directed against Christians. It is high time for the public debate to respond to this reality! We also notice professional restrictions for Christians: a restrictive application of freedom of conscience leads to professions such as magistrates, doctors, nurses and midwives as well as pharmacists slowly closing for Christians. Teachers and parents get into trouble when they disagree with state-defined sexual ethics. Our research shows that only with a more accommodating approach to religion and specifically to Christianity, Europe will live up to its foundational value of freedom.

Download the Report as PDF

The "Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians" is a non-governmental and not-for-profit organisation and is a member of the Fundamental Rights Platform of the EU-Fundamental rights agency. The Observatory focuses on Europe (European Union, Accession Countries, and the wider Europe). The information provided is a supplement to concerns regarding the worldwide phenomenon of intolerance against Christians - by calling attention to the more subtle forms occurring in Europe. The focus on Europe by no means disregards or devalues the tragic persecution of Christians in other areas of the world.

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