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Christophobia in India and the European parliament

ICC Note: While it is encouraging that the EU has addressed anti-Christian violence in a new resolution, it is baffling that they did not extend the same consideration to the leader of the Eastern Orthodox Church who is currently experiencing severe limitations on his religious freedom.

9/24/08 Brussels (AsiaNews) – The European parliament condemned anti-Christian violence in India but failed to stop the christophobia of its members during the presence of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in the chamber.

One (of the 34 paragraphs) addressed the issue of anti-Christian violence in the Indian state of Orissa. It expressed “deep concern” for attacks against Christians, calling for compensation to be paid out to Churches and individuals for the property they lost. The resolution also stressed the need for the perpetrators of the destruction to be brought to justice and called on the central government and national authorities to “fully protect” India’s Christian minority.

In today’s session held in Brussels, the European parliament welcomed the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, who spoke to the assembly around noon.

The event however highlighted the christophobia that also existing within this European institution. Many Green, Liberal and Socialist MEPs were absent during the patriarch’s address, probably because a Belgian Social MEP, Véronique De Keyser, released a statement in which she “sounded the alarm for democracy and the separation of church and state.” … [Go To Full Story]