75 of 100 victims of religious intolerance are Christians - Metropolitan Hilarion
24 March 2011
75 of 100 victims of religious intolerance are Christians -
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
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