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Scottish Government Reveals: 95% of Religiously Motivated Violence is Directed Against Christians

November 18, 2011

In 2010 and 2011 693 charges aggravated by religious prejudice were reported in Scottland. This is a nearly 10 per cent increase in one year and the highest level in four years. 95% of this violence was directed against Christians.

Christianity Marginalised in the Media, Concludes Poll

October 20, 2011

In 2008, 88% of Christians surveyed thought that certain parts of the media had a secular agenda that ignores Christian concerns. This view has not changed 3 years on.

Medical Defence Union Guidance: Prayer with Patients OK if Tactful

October 6, 2011

Following a number of warnings given to people working in the medical profession after they'd offered prayer to their patients, the Medical Defence Union, backed by the General Medical Council, issued a guidance earlier this year saying that GPs can pray with patients, as long as it's 'tactful'.

Observatory Intervenes in Favor of Freedom of Religion at Strasbourg Court Cases

September 12, 2011

The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians was granted leave to intervene as a third party in the European Court of Human Rights' pending freedom of religion cases Chaplin and Eweida.

OSCE High-Level Meeting on Preventing and Responding to Hate Incidents and Crimes against Christians

September 12, 2011

The one-day OSCE high level meeting took place in Rome on September 12th, 2011. OSCE’s reason: „Recent attacks on Christian communities have highlighted the necessity to address the problem of intolerance against Christians with a specific focus on hate crimes.“

Rights Commission Retracts Statement in Protection of Christians Due to Political Pressure

August 31, 2011

In 2011, Christians have felt an increasing bias against them in relation to ‘Gay’ lobby groups. In August 2011 the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) publicly stated that Christians were experiencing more discrimination than other religious groups in the work place and that, where possible, the concept of reasonable accommodation should be considered. However the EHRC retracted this statement as a result of Angela Mason’s (formerly of Stonewall) intervention.

Rising Restrictions on Religion

August 9, 2011

One-third of the world's population experiences an increase The Pew Research Center (Washington DC) released an report on „Rising Restrictions on Religion“ in August 2011. It states: „Europe had the largest proportion of countries in which social hostilities related to religion were on the rise from mid-2006 to mid-2009. Indeed, five of the 10 countries in the world that had a substantial increase in social hostilities were in Europe: Bulgaria, Denmark, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The study also finds that social hostilities involving religion have been rising in Asia, particularly in China, Thailand and Vietnam.“ Link:

Survey Shows BBC as an Anti-Christian Broadcaster

July 29, 2011

The survey, conducted by the Corporation itself in July 2011 was based on a poll of 4,500 people includind BBC staff. Results show that the broadcaster is regarded as anti-Christian and misrepresenting Christianity.

OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Urges States to Combat Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in the West

July 11, 2011

The parliamentary assembly of the OSCE recommends that a "public debate on intolerance and discrimination against Christians be initiated and that the right of Christians to participate fully in public life be ensured" (12); that, "in view of discrimination and intolerance against Christians, that legislation in the participating States, including labour law, equality law, laws on freedom of expression and assembly, and laws related to religious communities and right of conscientious objection be assessed" (13); and "encourages the media not to spread prejudices against Christians and to combat negative stereotyping" (15); and "encourages Christian churches to continue their participation in public life contributing to the defence of the dignity of all human beings and to freedom and social cohesion" (16).

Observatory Submits Paper on Demands of Freedom of Religion to EU

June 19, 2011

The Observatory contributes a written submission to "Religare", a three-year European research project funded by the European Commission. This submission maps out the way to a Europe that is conscious of its heritage and has respect for fundamental rights, without disregarding today’s plurality of religion and belief.

Russian Orthodox Decry Anti-Christian Discrimination

June 10, 2011

A recent document from the Russian Orthodox patriarchate, reported by L'Osservatore Romano, notes the "profound concern" of its synod at the increase of Christianophobia in the world.

European Court to Rule on Christian Discrimination Cases

June 6, 2011

In a significant legal development, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has requested that the British Government state whether they believe that the rights of Christians have been infringed in recent cases where individuals have been penalised for expressing their faith in the workplace.

Majority of Christians Deplores Negative Stereotyping in the Media

June 1, 2011

The media plays an important role in shaping public attitudes towards Christianity. ComRes research reveals the majority of Christians believe current representations of Christians and Christianity in the media is often negative or misleading. According to a BBC survey conducted in 2011, respondents of its own survey said representations of Christians were often ‘derogatory and in some instances, anti-Christian.’

Cross-Party Support for Decriminalizing "Insulting" Speech in Britain

May 30, 2011

There is cross-party support in the UK for a change in the law that would remove a single word from the Public Order Act 1986 that has allowed Christians to be arrested when they offend the sensibilities of homosexual activists. The amendment proposes to remove the word "insulting".

EU-Commission Apologises for Forgetting Easter and Christmas in School Diary

May 2, 2011

The European Ombudsman, P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, has closed a case after the European Commission apologised for omitting Christian holidays in a school diary it had published for 2010/2011. This follows a complaint from an Irish priest who submitted that the diary did not mention Easter and Christmas, although it contained certain non-Christian holidays, such as the Jewish and Islamic New Years.

Fundamental Rights - or Fundamental Confusion?

April 14, 2011

Read here a report of the Observatory's director about the striking discussion at the presentation of the Five-Year-Report on Intolerance against Christians in Europe at Fundamental Rights Platform of Fundamental Rights Agency.

BBC Creates Negative Stereotypes Against Christianity

March 31, 2011

The Christian Institute (CI) has published quotations of journalists and media professionals regarding the BBC anti-Christian policy in the UK.

European Parliament Seminar on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe Organized by European People's Party

March 16, 2011

European Parliament seminar held on March 16th in Brussels concludes: Intolerance and discrimination against Christians exists also in the EU.

Ecumenical Church Leaders Meeting Concludes That Combating "Christianophobia" Is Common Task

March 15, 2011

Russian Orthodox Archbishop Metropolit Hilarion met with Roman Catholic Cardinal Kurt Koch to discuss cooperation between the two Churches. They mentioned the combat against "Christianophobia" in Europe and other regions of the world as a common key issue.

Council of the EU Condemns Religious Intolerance But Falls Short of What Was Necessary

February 21, 2011

The Council of the European Union condemned religious intolerance on Feb 21st by saying: „ The Council expresses its profound concern about the increasing number of acts of religious intolerance and discrimination, as epitomised by recent violence and acts of terrorism, in various countries, against Christians and their places of worship, Muslim pilgrims and other religious communities, which it firmly condemns. Regrettably, no part of the world is exempt from the scourge of religious intolerance.“