The widespread persecution of Christians must be addressed

Delivered by Margot Parker, on 20 November 2017

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MARGOT Parker MEP has called for an end to the persecutions of Christians.

 

The UKIP deputy leader and spokesperson on aid and international development addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg this week on the issue.

 

She said: "Throughout the UK and other parts of the world many Christians have been denied the right to even wear a simple expression of their faith.

 

"Expression of faith is a basic human right and while we value the contributions of other religions, the Christian faith must be respected.

 

"In the UK and the rest of Europe we see this denials of expressing Christian faith but in other parts of the world the persecution is much, much worse.

 

"As we roll back the dominance of ISIS in parts of the Middle East and the rebuilding of countries gathers pace, we must make sure the rights of Christians in those countries are protected.

 

"Christianity is an ancient religion with firm roots in the Middle East - Christians must be allowed to practice their faith, free from perseution and free from threats to their lives."

 

There is no more persecuted, and yet more disregarded minority in the world than Christians. Over 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.

 

There is no more persecuted, and yet more disregarded minority in the world than Christians. Over 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 


 

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