What will the EU do for those who suffer religious persecution?
Like so many Easter holidays before, also this Easter Christian worshippers have been targeted in terrorist attacks by Islamist radicals. As of today, more than 350 people have lost their lives and another 500 are injured in the terrorist attacks against Christian places of worship and hotels in Sr Lanka.
In a statement on Easter Sunday outgoing European Parliament President Antonio Tajani stated that he saw the attacks against the churches in Sri Lanka as a testimony of a real genocide perpetrated against Christians across the world.
British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt is on the same line. He has commissioned a government inquiry on religious persecutions around the world. In a video greeting ahead of Easter he reiterated that Christians are the most persecuted religious minority in the world.
However, most Western leaders, including the EU High Representative for Security Policy and Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, still refuses to recognize this fact. When Christians are killed in terrorist attacks because of their faith, this fact is never mentioned in the general statements of condolences. Neither are the ideological motivations of the perpetrators, who are simply dismissed as “mentally instable.”
There are clearly two schools of thought present in Europe today. Those who recognize that Christians and Jews around the world, but also in Europe, are under threat and those who try to suppress or dismiss this fact.
It is time for Europe to wake up. These next few weeks, leading up to the European elections on 24-26 May, will be of crucial importance to raise this point with those who are running for a seat in the European Parliament. Please let them know if you share our concern.