Saturday, December 22, 2018

Greece: Massive increase of attacks on Christian symbols and Orthodox churches

Each year there's more attacks on churches, chapels, atypical places of religious worship, religious monuments, synagogues and even cemeteries, Greek newspaper Eleftheros Typos reports.
Specifically, according to the Greek Aggressional Secretariat of Religions, last year the attacks on religious buildings (includes vandalism, burglaries, thefts, sacrifices, fires, etc.) rose by 159%, while the primary target appears to be the Orthodox Church.
A significant increase is also seen in the number of attacks to several religious communities, with 4 of them registered in 2016, whilst last year that number was 8. The numbers speak for themselves. In 2017 a total of 556 incidents were recorded against place of religious worship, 536 of those attacks made in Christian places.
In particular, according to the relevant report of the General Secretariat of Religions, 525 cases against the Orthodox Church (94% of the total incidents), many of them bear religious intolerance causing intense reflection within the Greek Church.
"Evidence shows that the primary target of the attacks in our homeland is the Orthodox Church. This fact can't be overlooked. We owe the State and the Church to seek ways of cooperation so that this profane reality that affects our history and identity is eliminated," says Secretary General of Religions, Giorgos Kalantzis.
Greece has experienced an unprecedented wave of migrants from the Middle East, of which several are ISIS members and completely intolerable against people or symbols of other beliefs.
At the same time the leftish government seems unable (or unwilling) to to deal effectively with the Anarchist criminality in Greece, that's responsible for most of the attacks on Orthodox churches.

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