This morning, here at the European Parliament in Brussels, I held what I believe to be the first ever event, at the European Parliament, on the topic of the discrimination of Christians here in Europe.
I was pleased to be joined by the Barnabas Fund, the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe, the British Pakistani Christian Association, Christian Concern and Mike Overd and Nissar Hussain, who have both experienced arrest and assault for their Christian faith.
We explored the history of religious freedom here in the UK and Europe and then we talked about the current situation for Christians in the European Union, with a particular focus on the UK.
Attacks and discrimination against Christians in Europe are rising and we most first promote awareness of this situation and then enact legislation to protect our right to worship.
“I was honoured to have hosted such an important event. It’s the first time that Christianophobia within Europe has been discussed at the European Parliament. There has often been a focus on Christian persecution around the world, but seldom do we look at what is happening on our doorstep. It’s important to raise awareness that our rights as Christians are being eroded. We need to stand together as practising Christians to oppose religious intolerance.”