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Margot Parker MEP - There is no more persecuted, and yet more disregarded group in the world than Christians

Delivered by Margot Parker, on 10 June 2019

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I read with interest a piece about the persecution and attacks on Christians across the world.

This is a topic I have spoken about many times - we must stamp out all religious intolerance.

There is no more persecuted, and yet more disregarded group in the world than Christians. For instance, more than 90 countries ban or restrict Christian belief, many of them in the Middle East.

For centuries, Christians have lived, worked and prayed in the Middle East. Indeed, that region was the birth place of Christianity.

Yet since the collapse of secular leaders in the region, Islamists like ISIS have filled the vacuum with a toxic and intolerant campaign against Christians.

We have seen ancient churches and monasteries looted and converted to mosques.

In ISIS territory, Christian women and girls are sold in sex slave markets, whilst male Christians are forced to sign contracts that officially relegate them to second class status.

All intolerance of beliefs must be stopped and the international community must pull together to ensure people are free to practice their religion in peace.

 

 

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