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Pastor Jailed for Expression of Pro-Life Opinion

March 11, 1998, Germany

Pastor jailed for calling an abortion specialist “professional killer” and “torturer” in Erlangen.

Freedom of Expression

Dutch MP Fined for Critical Comment on Homosexuality

December 30, 1996, Netherlands

A politician was fined in the first instance for hate speech in criticizing homosexuality. Even though the court of second instance lifted the sentence, the hypersensitivity of the first court is a worrying sign.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Expression

Conscientious Objection Denied

January 1, 1996, United Kingdom

(1995/1996) Several instances have been collected in which staff were denied the right to conscientious objection and lost their jobs.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Conscience Freedom of Religion

Holy Monastery of Prophet Elias in Cyprus Savagely Bombed by Turkish Air Force

July 9, 1974, Cyprus

The Monastery of the Prophet Elias of Maronite Monks, situated near the village of Ayia Marina Skyllouras, in the Nicosia district in Cyprus, was bombed during the second phase of the Turkish invasion. The Turkish air force savagely attacked the religious building which caught fire and was badly damaged.

Hate Crime

Church of Ayios Procopios, Cyprus Desecrated after the 1974 Turkish Occupation

July 1, 1974, Cyprus

Ayios Procopios, a Byzantine church of the 11th or 12th century situated in the village of Synkrasi, in the Famagusta district, in the Republic of Cyprus, was desecrated after the military had occupied the region by force. The iconostasis was destroyed and the portable icons were stolen. The church is today a refuge for birds.

Desecration Freedom of Religion Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Wall-Paintings at Antifonitis Monastery in Cyprus Destroyed

July 1, 1974, Cyprus

Antifonitis Monastery, a Byzantine monastery, built at the end of the 12th century, was destroyed as a consequence of the Turkish invasion. The heads of the two Archangels in the apse of the church were ruined. Turkish illicit dealers in antiquities cut into pieces and removed from the walls the representations of the Day of Judgment and the Stem of Jesse, vandalising a large part of them.

Freedom of Religion Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Clergy Advised to Remove Roman Colar for Safety

January 1, 1970, United Kingdom

Members of the clergy were advised to take off their Roman collars when they are on their own, to reduce the risk of being attacked. Even the Archbishop of Canterbury should remove the collar outside church.

Hate Crime Hate Incident

UK Government Laywers Tell Christians: Leave Faith at Home or Find a New Job!”

January 1, 1970, European Institutions (EU, ECHR, et.al.)

Government lawyers have told the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that Christians should “leave their religious beliefs at home or move to another job” when faced with a clash between the requirements of their faith and their employment.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Freedom of Religion

French Government to “Dissolve” “Religious Pathology” and “Excesses” in the Church

January 1, 1970, France

Instead of tackling the enormous number of anti-Christian vandalisms, President Hollande announced a new 'the National Observatory of Secularism' to come into being this year, tasked with closely monitoring religious organisations for any potential 'excesses.' French Interior Minister Manuel Valls highlighted various Catholic organisations, stating that "All excesses are being minutely registered in case we have to consider dissolving it."

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Negative Stereotyping

Women At Pro Life Manifestation Attacked

January 1, 1970, European Institutions (EU, ECHR, et.al.)

Male pro-abortion protesters physically attacked several pro-life women during a rally on March 10 in Warsaw, pushing and kicking them. The pro-lifers were part of the organization Fundacja Pro and were carrying a controversial banner of a woman who died during an abortion.

Women At Pro Life Manifestation Attacked

January 1, 1970, Poland

Male pro-abortion protesters physically attacked several pro-life women during a rally on March 10 in Warsaw, pushing and kicking them. The pro-lifers were part of the organization Fundacja Pro and were carrying a controversial banner of a woman who died during an abortion.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas) Hate Crime Insult or Incitement

Church Broken Into in Garevac

January 1, 1970, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Between the 22nd and the 23rd of May 2012, a church was broken into in Garevac, Bosnia-Herzegovina. The perpetrator(s) stole chalices which were used for Holy Communion.

Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Attempts to Silence Bishop for Voicing His Opinion About Gender Ideology

January 1, 1970, Spain

The Spanish political party, the United Left, presented a motion to the regional Parliament to convict the Bishop of Córdoba, Demetrio Fernández, for having spoken out his opinion on gender ideology. According to the motion, the bishop’s weekly pastoral letter entitled “Gender ideology breaks the family” was an acute case of discrimination. The motion, signed by spokesman Francisco Tejada, called on the government of Andalusia to “launch the legal mechanisms in the context of their power to prevent cases of abuse and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Freedom of Expression

Priest Attacked After Confronting Thieves in Church

January 1, 1970, Italy

After celebrating the midnight Mass, parish priest, Father Massimo Malinconi returned to the rectory where he found four burglars.

Insult or Incitement Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Vaucluse Church Vandalized

January 1, 1970, France

The stained glass window depicting Jesus Christ in the church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Tour was found smashed.

Insult or Incitement Intolerance towards Religious Symbols Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Catholic School in Bubry Sacked by Vandals

January 1, 1970, France

The kindergarten and elementary private Catholic school Sainte-Hélène Bubry was attacked and the damage is estimated at several thousand euros.

Vandalism (form of hate crime)

Graffiti Attack on the Family Home of St. Bernadette in Lourdes

January 1, 1970, France

Municipal services in Lourdes took two weeks to remove obscene drawings and inscriptions painted on the family home of the revered Saint, despite complaints by neighbors and an alert from the online journal “Lourdes-Info.” The perpetrators of the vandalism are unknown.

Access to Justice and Legal Services Vandalism (form of hate crime)

January 0, 0000, Hungary

Christian Man Can't Use "Christ" or "Jesus" on License Plate

January 0, 0000, Sweden

The Swedish Transport Agency rejected blocked a Christian man’s request to use the word "Kristus" (Swedish for “Christ”) on his license plate, claiming the move could “cause offense” to those opposed to Christianity. When he asked to use the name “Jesus” instead, he was informed that word was blocked, too.

Exclusion (of individuals or ideas)