There seems to have been a fairly robust denunciation of growing violence, worldwide, against Christians and against Christian places of worship. Surprisingly, or unsurprisingly, depending on your point of view, this denunciation occurred in the German parliament, and was supported by Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, the Free Democrats and the Greens.
Germany’s commissioner for religious freedom, Markus Grübel (CDU), told Die Welt newspaper that the Sri Lankan attacks were part of what appeared to be a global trend.
“Christians are the target of radical Muslims worldwide,” Grübel said, a phenomenon that he found to be “incomprehensible,” given “Christianity’s close relation to Islam.”
Former CDU parliamentary leader Volker Kauder echoed his colleague’s sentiment, denouncing “growing persecution of Christians in the entire Asian region” in an interview with Bild newspaper.
We can debate about the “Christianity’s close relation to Islam” sentiment. At this point, I’ll take what I can get. And while the US media is obsessed with “Easter worshipers,” frankly, I’m not getting much from my native, and my adopted, countries’ media of record.
Sadly, I only became attuned to this because I regularly get a news feed from northern Thailand, which is where I first saw the report. A Google search on “german politicians denounce persecution of christians” still doesn’t return much coverage in the Western media.