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75 of 100 victims of religious intolerance are Christians - Metropolitan Hilarion

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    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=dujour&div=1 24 March 2011 75 of 100 victims of religious intolerance are Christians - Metropolitan Hilarion Moscow,
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      24 March 2011
      75 of 100 victims of religious intolerance are Christians -
      Metropolitan Hilarion

      Moscow, March 24, Interfax - Head of the Synodal Department for
      External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion cited data according
      to which Christians prevail among victims of religious intolerance.

      "According to the data of non-governmental organization Aid To The
      Church In Need 75 of 100 victims killed from religious intolerance
      have been Christians in recent years," the Metropolitan said in his
      interview to Izvestia daily on Thursday.

      The Metropolitan points out that in the majority of states where
      Christian minority is being persecuted, Christians have lived for
      many centuries, "even when local political regimens declared
      themselves more radical than today."

      "It is today when all states have undertaken obligations to protect
      human rights, outflow of Christians from certain countries has
      increased. I believe it proves the failure of modern world policy on
      religious freedom and lack of interest to religious education," the
      Metropolitan said.

      According to him, Christians are often fell victims of political
      mistakes made by Western states.

      "The situation is difficult in Iraq. According to some data, half of
      1,4 million Christian population has left the country since 2003.
      Without giving any evaluations to political situation in Iraq before
      NATO interference, I'd like to mention that Christians there were not
      physically exterminated. Foreign military invasion has made many
      Christians hostages of insufficiently considered NATO actions," the
      Metropolitan said.
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