In Europe since the Enlightenment Era, its been the cradle religious freedom, the sacred, spiritual self expression, and critique of all religion is respected for all religions. However, since 2015, there has been a steep increase in attacks on religious monuments and symbols.
Attacks on both Christian and Jewish religious symbols, temples, monuments, cemeteries, schools have been damaged, plundered, defecated on and plundered. Arson and iconoclasm are also common.
Most attacks have not been classed as hate attacks, however, Gatestone found that most attacks have been religiously and politically motivated. There notable absence of attacks in East Europe.
The correlation between migration and disintegration of religious freedom cannot be denied.
France and Germany have the highest concentration of attacks with a shocking 3 attacks a day for France, and 2 attacks for Germany. There have been attacks in Belgium, UK, France, Ireland and Spain as well.
According to the data of the Gatestone Institute, 3000 churches and religious symbols have been attacked and destroyed in West Europe.
Police continue to censor the ethnic, religious and political background of perpetrators. Although there is little data on the demographic of perpetrators, it is believed most attacks are of religious, anarchist, neo-nazi, radical feminist, LGBT and satanic nature.
Protestant Reformation, also known as the Reformation Wall, was vandalized with multi-colored paint forming a rainbow, a symbol of the LGBT groups.
More and more Christians and Jews are advised not to wear religious symbols, such as crucifixes and Kippah. This is a worrying sign of decline in religious freedom in Europe.
In 2018 anti-Semitic acts in France increased more than 70% compared to the previous year.
There is a clear absence on attacks on Islamic temples, symbols and monuments. Most attacks are directed at Christian and to lesser degree Jewish monuments, symbols and temples.
There has been also total lack of reporting of anti-Christian attacks by mainstream media, but abundance of media coverage in the few isolated anti-Islamic attacks, exposing painful biases and prejudices.
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I agree with you to some extent, but your arguments are one-sided. I was born in Austria, where women mustn’t wear a Burka, which in my opinion is against people’s religious and personal freedom just like antisemitists attacking synagogues.
Austria is an interesting case and has a history of oppressing religious freedom while promoting Catholicism, for example they are now discussing a law to ban hijabs for all girls below 14 (which is a good idea because in Austria, children/teens are legally allowed to choose their religion at 14), while insisting on a cross hanging in every classroom. This is outdated, especially in Vienna, where there are few catholics and more non-catholics in the classrooms.
My point is that we need to accept others just like they need to accept us, and I believe that the state, laws, parliament and so on should be completely segregated from religion.
Austria is not west Europe, its central Europe.
You mentioned Germany in your post, how exactly is Germany Western Europe and Austria isn’t?
Apparently Germany is also central Europe.
In my opinion, every people should be allowed to determine their own way of life, if Austrians prefer Catholicism over other religions it must be so.