Burning Down Christianity

You don’t have to go as far as Pakistan or Nigeria to see Christians exposed to persecution, violence and hate. You find similar in …. Germany.

March 2012: An online call to “see churches burning” was published as a “Christmas wish” in 2011 by a group of leftwing extremists called ‘Antifa Freiburg’“We will not give up hope that there will be a miracle and we can warm ourselves next year at the glow of burning churches.”Having received several complaints from Christians who feared that those incitements, if not swiftly sanctioned, might soon be followed by actions, a public prosecutor initiated an inquiry – but then decided to drop the case, saying that Antifa Freiburg’s stated desire to “see some churches burn down in the upcoming year” was just a“tasteless publication which, not having been directed against a particular person or a particular church building, was not relevant under criminal law.” Moreover it was claimed that “it would in any case be difficult to determine the author”, given that Antifa Freiburg publishes its incendiary propaganda on a server situated in Iceland.

Impunity generates crime. The public prosecutor’s refusal to further investigate the case was taken as an encouragement by the self-described “anti-fascists” (who, judging from their actions, are in reality the Sturmabteilung of our time): they published another incendiary statement calling to set fire on the premises of Kath.net, a website that had reported on the case.

Can one imagine a public prosecutor’s office anywhere in Europe to turn a similarly blind eye on hate crimes and incitements to violence that are directed against Jews, Muslims, Roms, Africans, homosexuals, or any other social group? Of course not. But if hate crimes are directed against Christians, then they seem to be totally acceptable. As an old saying goes: Anti-Christianism is the antisemitism of the Left.

The “Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians”, a non-governmental research institute based in Vienna, has recently published a report on hate crimes against Christians in Europe. It has found out that Christians are the most frequent victims of unmotivated hate speech and violence. Not any of the groups that routinely posture as ‘victims’, but Christians. And very often the perpetrators of those crimes are radical feminists, radical LGBT pressure groups, radical pro-abortionists.


J.C. von Krempach, J.D. originally wrote this article for Turtle Bay and Beyond, a blog covering international law, policy and institutions. It is sponsored by C-Fam, a non-partisan, non-profit research institute dedicated to reestablishing a proper understanding of international law, protecting national sovereignty and the dignity of the human person. You can visit Turtle Bay and Beyond at www.turtlebayandbeyond.org

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