Cases of Intolerance or Discrimination of Christians in Europe

Found 2010 case(s):

News Article Uses Pro-Life Rally Picture to Illustrate "Religious Extremism"

News and email website GMX published an article by journalist Mathias Heim about a recently-published study correlating certain head trauma with religious "fundamentalism." Although the article begins with “The problem of the religious fundamentalists has been a topic in science even prior to IS-Terror” ("Das Problem des religiösen Fundamentalismus ist nicht erst seit dem IS-Terror ein Thema in der Wissenschaft"), and never mentions Christians or Christianity, the photograph accompanying the article, with the headline “Injuries in the brain can favor religious extremism” (“Verletzungen im Gehirn könnten extreme Religiösität begünstigen”), is a peaceful Christian pro-life demonstration. This clearly negatively stereotypes Christian pro-life activists as "extremists". Read more ...

Barcelona Church Vandalized

A Barcelona church has been vandalized by unknown vandals. The doors were painted with graffiti of the anarchist's A and statements such as “Get your rosaries out of our ovaries” (“Fora els vostres rosaris dels nostres ovaries”). It is estimated that more than 40 churches have been vandalized in Barcelona in recent months. Read more ...

Man Filmed Attacking Cross in Austria

A group of youths filmed a man as he attacked a life-sized Jesus figure on a cross in the church square of St. Marein. The man, identified by police as a "37-year-old from the Weiz district," first shook the cross to make it fall but when unsuccessful he then proceeded to rip out a wind organ from the ground and hit the cross with it. The man’s rampage continued within the church grounds as he broke the two glass doors of the parish and several flower pots before being arrested. Damage is estimated to be well over €15,000. Read more ...

Monastery in Alicante Vandalized

On the morning of May 7th the chaplain of the Monastery de la Santa Faz discovered seven intentionally-inverted crosses on the columns of the sanctuary, Satanic symbols on the armored glass case that protects the Santa Faz relics. Additionally, a liturgical prayer book and the diary where the acts of worship are recorded were stolen. Police opened a forensic investigation. Read more ...

Molotov Cocktail Thrown at Virgin of the Helpless Image

A Molotov Cocktail was thrown at the carving of the Virgin of the Desamparados (Virgin of the Forsaken) in the church of Real Convento de Santiago in Vélez-Málaga. The 17th century carving did not burn, but the base, skirt, and mantle were stained by the homemade device containing gasoline. A young man was seen running from the scene and police began an investigation. Read more ...

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