Russian Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov Voices Concerns for Christianity in Europe
Russian Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov mentioned concerns about the situation of Christians in Western Europe at a high-level event on issues of protecting Christians, Geneva, March 2, 2015 at the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, saying that it has become politically incorrect to identify oneself as a Christian.
"I also have to mention the problems experienced by Christians in a number of West European states, where for some reason it has become politically incorrect to identify oneself as a Christian, and where people are even starting to become uncomfortable with Christian values that form the foundation of the European civilisation. Aggressive secularism is gaining momentum. The notions of morality and traditional national, cultural and religious identity are being eroded. Incidences of vandalism and desecration of churches, temples, holy places, cemeteries and Christian symbols are growing fast. It is increasingly difficult for believers to uphold their convictions." ...
"We are also alarmed by the widespread religious intolerance in Western countries, where movements propagating aggressive secularism, are gaining pace and attempting to undermine the moral foundations and religious component of the European civilization. Christians are feeling discriminated in daily life. Hostility towards them is manifested in multiple acts of vandalism and desecration of churches, holy sites, cemeteries, Christian symbols and so on," the foreign minister concluded.