- Sri Lanka Attacks: Christians are Targets Everywhere, Including Europe – CIA Vet
by Ekaterina Blinova, https://sputniknews.com/
The Sri Lankan suicide bombing attacks have turned the spotlight on the problem of Christians facing persecution worldwide, including in Europe, analysts told Sputnik, stressing that the cases of discrimination and oppression remain largely neglected by politicians and media pundits.
On 21 April, a series of blasts shattered the peaceful island nation of Sri Lanka, claiming the lives of more than 300 people. The primary targets of the attacks were Christian churches and hotels, as local congregations were celebrating Easter Sunday, one of the most sacred holidays for Christian believers.
The Sri Lankan Christian minority is relatively small, constituting only 7.4 percent of the country’s 21 million people.
Commenting on the attack in an op-ed for The Guardian, Giles Fraser, a parish priest in London, called Christianity “the most persecuted religion” and openly wondered why the issue is being silenced. Indeed, in 2018, Pew Research Centre’s figures indicated that Christians remain the most oppressed religious group in the world.
‘Christians are Targets Even in Countries Where They are Majority’
According to Philip Giraldi, a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer, there is more to the problem than meets the eye.
“Christians are targets in countries where they are minorities, including in places like Israel that claim the contrary, and they are also unprotected in many European countries that are nominally majority-Christian”, Giraldi told Sputnik. “Governments in France, Germany and Scandinavia are generally hostile to Christianity, although they would not describe it in those terms.”