The whopping 245 percent increase in attacks on Christians represents a genuine and increasing problem; concern over “Islamophobia” has managed to crowd out real human rights issues.
Note the peculiarity of the French interior ministry in diminishing the seriousness of the anti-Christian attacks in boasting about how busy the ministry was, implementing action against “Islamophobia” and anti-Semitism. The government was also quick to note that there was no religious motive for such a drastic spike in anti-Christian attacks.
A key point is that the French interior ministry and leftist media go to great lengths to avoid admitting or addressing any possible Islamic supremacist role in this persecution against Christians. The government went so far as to deny any religious motivation and stated that out of 949 anti-Christian attacks, “there was a possible ‘satanic motivation’ in 14 cases and an ‘anarchist’ motivation in 25.” What about the other cases?
A CNN report in July revealed:
In urging attacks on churches, ISIS is trying to eliminate what it calls the “grey zone” for Muslims in the West by provoking a far-right backlash. A drumbeat of attacks in France has led to a groundswell of anti-Muslim anger, which is being stoked and exploited by far-right politicians.
The newspaper La Figaro also grasped at straws, stating that “it is expected that attacks on churches would be the most plentiful because they exist in the largest number,” and ignoring the fact that Christians face brutal attacks in Muslim countries such as Egypt and Pakistan, despite not existing in large numbers.
Food for thought: the report below also highlights that “last year in Dülmen, following the arrival of well over a million migrants in Germany, local media said ‘not a day goes by’ without attacks on Christian religious statues.”
“France: Anti-Christian Attacks Rise 245 Percent”, by Virginia Hale, Breitbart, February 7, 2017:
While racist, anti-Muslim, and anti-Semitic attacks have seen a huge fall since 2008, those on Christian places of worship more than doubled in this period of time, France’s interior ministry reported last week.
Having documented a record number of anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim attacks in 2015, Last year in Dülmen, following the arrival of well over a million migrants in Germany, local media said “not a day goes by” without attacks on Christian religious statues.
Subsequently, racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-Muslim attacks fell sharply in 2016 with the former seeing a decline of 58.5 per cent and the latter a drop of 57.6 per cent. These attacks are defined as being fires, violence, degradation, and threats — comments, inscriptions, insulting letters.
In this year, attacks on Christian places of worship have increased by 17.4 per cent in 2016 compared to 2015. Racist attacks, meanwhile, dropped by 23.7 per cent (608 versus 797).
The sharp drop in incidents of an Islamophobic or anti-Semitic nature was welcomed by the French government, who credited the figures as the “fruit of the government’s action plan”.
“Thanks to an unprecedented mobilisation of state services, we have already achieved very encouraging results, as evidenced by the figures for 2016. This gives us much satisfaction”, said interior minister Bruno Le Roux…..
Le Figaro reported that acts which target Christians now account for 90 per cent assaults on places of worship.
The newspaper points out that, while it is to be expected that attacks on churches are the most plentiful because they exist in the largest number, cases in which Christian places of worship were defiled saw a huge rise between 2008 and 2016.
The government says the majority of the 949 attacks on churches have “no religious motive”, but that there was a possible “satanic motivation” in 14 cases and an “anarchist” motivation in 25. However, since 2008 assaults on Christian places of worship have risen by 245 per cent.
Last year in Dülmen, following the arrival of well over a million migrants in Germany, local media said “not a day goes by” without attacks on Christian religious statues.