MEPs stick up for Christians

Published on 22 January 2010 at 16:25

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The European Parliament is taking a stand for Christians persecuted throughout the world, notes Warsaw-based Rzeczpospolita with satisfaction. In the wake of recent events in Egypt, where six Coptic Christians were shot dead as they were leaving a local church after mass, a resolution was adopted on 21 January, condemning persecution of Christians and calling on EU institutions and the Council of Europe to address the problem when holding talks with Egypt. Malaysia was also cited, following attacks against Christian places of worship there. Some politicians hope that the EU Parliament resolution will be a first step to bringing Christians under the protective umbrella of EU diplomacy. According to Jonathan Rocho from International Christian Concern (ICC), the situation for Christians in Muslim and communist countries like China, Vietnam and Cuba is turning from bad to worse, with beatings, arbitrary evictions and murder on the rise. However, some fear that measures might further aggravate already tense relations between Christianity and Islam.

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