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ICC Note:
Germany’s leader, Angela Merkel, told the German Protestant Church earlier this week that Christianity was the most persecuted religious group in the world, sparking anger from an opposition group. Although this fact is commonly accepted and stated among Christian religious leaders, the reaction received by Merkel is an excellent example of much of the anti-Christian attitude that dominates secular Europe. Europe’s political leaders should not have to face a backlash of resentment for highlighting the widespread and largely ignored issue of Christian persecution.
11/7/2012 Germany (AAP)- German opposition politicians and human rights groups are criticising German Chancellor Angela Merkel for claiming Christianity is “the most persecuted religion worldwide.”
Jerzy Montag of the opposition Greens party on Tuesday described Merkel’s comments as “mistaken” and “not very helpful”.
Rights campaigners said ranking faiths according to how persecuted they are is pointless.
Human Rights Watch noted that Muslims in Burma, members of Falun Gong in China and Jews in many countries also faced persecution.
Merkel’s comments came at a meeting of the German Protestant Church late on Monday in which she emphasised Germany needed to protect Christian minorities as part of its foreign policy.

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