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Europe’s Bishops Denounce Anti-Christian Mufti’s Call to Destroy All Churches


By Benjamin Weinthal – “Berlin — A group of European Catholic Bishops breathed fresh air into countering the Saudi Grand Mufti’s call to ‘destroy all the churches‘ in the Gulf region. Last week, German and Austrian Roman Catholic bishops blasted Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Shaikh for his Islamic religious order – fatwa — as an expression of grave-human rights violations for Christian foreign workers in the region and for the sake of freedom of religion.

According to the Reuters report penned by Tom Heneghan, the wire service’s religion editor , Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, chairman of the German Bishops Conference, said the mufti ‘shows no respect for the religious freedom and free co-existence of religions’, especially all the foreign laborers who made its economy work. Archbishop Zollitsch continued ‘It would be a slap in the face to these people if the few churches available to them were to be taken away.’

Giulio Meotti, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio and expert on Christians in the Middle East, told me that the fatwa will have consequences for Christians in the region, and the West should respond with a counter ‘anti-genocide campaign’ based on the U.N.’s Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, ratified on January 12, 1951.

Sadly, there is no shortage of persecution of Christians in majority-Muslim countries. Iran’s refusal to release the brave Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who faces the death penalty for his embrace of Christianity, is a telling example of the horrific anti-Christian environment in the Islamic Republic.

The persecution of Christians, as the European Bishops noted, is a violation of human rights. A search on the websites of Human Rights Watch in New York on Wednesday showed no condemnations of the grand mufti’s statements.” Read more.

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