Saint Marie Madeleine Church

Religious watchdog group: Europe will see more than 500 hate crimes against Christians in 2021

According to a report released by a religious liberty watchdog, more than 500 hate crimes against Christians were committed in Europe in 2021.

The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe (OIDAC in Europe) is a non-governmental Austria-based organization that released the numbers in its 2021 Annual Report on “cases of intolerance and discrimination against Christians in Europe” between Jan. 1, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2021.

According to the study, the number of incidents last year was almost 1000.

France was the country with the highest number of hate crimes against Christians, with 124 incidents, followed by Germany, with 112. These countries were followed by Italy and Poland, which had 82, 60, and 40 incidents respectively.

This report identifies 30 incidents in Spain, 15 in Austria, and 10 in Belgium. It also mentions seven in Ireland and seven in Switzerland.

According to the report, Vandalism was the most hateful crime against European Christians. OIDAC recorded about 300 incidents of graffiti, damage to property, and desecration against Christian churches and organizations.

Other offenses include “theft of offering, religious objects, consecrated host, and church equipment.” There were 60 arson attempts or planned arson attacks against Christians, 14 physical assaults/threats, and four homicides.

OIDAC’s report noted that Christians in Europe feel increasingly marginalized and that religious freedom is decreasing on the continent.

Todd Huizinga (senior fellow for Europe at Religious Freedom Institute) stated that “religious freedom in Europe is gravely endangered, especially among Christians.” Relativism is the biggest threat. Since relativism has become the dominant worldview in the West, it has created its absolutist dogma. It is a rigid and absolute dogma that allows no room for opposition.

Huizinga said that “a central tenet is that homosexual minorities, LGBT, and gender-fluid persons are oppressed minorities whose views must be affirmed.”

The OIDAC in Europe and it’s Latin American counterpart, the International Institute for Religious Freedom, released a report earlier this year that revealed that Christians are engaging in “various forms” of self-censorship and finding it increasingly difficult to freely express their faith even in countries that were once Christian.

The report, titled “Perceptions on self-censorship: Confirming and understanding the ‘Chilling effect'”, was compiled by OIDAC (Observatoire on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians) in Europe, Latin America, and the International Institute for Religious Freedom.

This data was compiled from “unstructured interviews” of people who experienced “the chilling effect”, which is when Christians self-censor about their faith even unwittingly.

About The Author

Leave a Comment

Scroll to Top