The European Commission is scheduled to hold a conference on anti-religious hatred in Europe while leaving out Christian persecution.
The conference is called “Tolerance and Respect: Preventing and Combating anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim Hatred in Europe,” and is scheduled for Oct. 1 and 2. It was flagged by the French website Observatoire de la christianophobie, a nonprofit that monitors violence against Christians worldwide.
“Recent reports show an increase in fear and insecurity amongst the Jewish and Muslim communities in the EU,” the European Commission writes. The participants in this summit — politicians, NGO members and academics — will try to reconcile Europe’s “historic obligation to go back to the very origins of European integration [which is] securing a better common future [for all].”
The webpage makes no mention of Christians. While they are not being massacred like Eastern Christians under ISIS, they are still being marginalized in Europe, according to the nonprofit. The Observatoire was recently at the forefront of a protest against Paris’ transit authority, which finally allowed for a poster to say that a concert was to support Eastern Christians. It refused at first, stating “religious neutrality.”
The Observatoire also reported several church desecrations in Gironde, Bordeaux and Southern France. They also sent an official complaint to TV channel Europe 1, where a TV host said that “lapidating is an old Christian tradition.”