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Europe Marches on to the Criminalization of Christianity

Posted by Mats on 11/07/2010

By Hilary White

ROME, June 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – When a European Christian pro-family group applied to join the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) of the EU’s Human Rights Agency, they did not expect to be denounced as promoters of “hate.”

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) objected to a statement by the Alliance of Romania’s Families (ARF) calling same-sex “marriage” an example of “human degeneration,” and denied their request for membership.

The ARF, a group lobbying to retain Romania’s traditional Christian social and legal underpinnings, had written on their website that, “So-called alternatives such as ‘families’ consisting of same-sex, are nothing but expressions of human degeneration.” The FRA responded, saying, “The qualification of other people’s sexual orientation as human degeneration is not an acceptable basis for creating a structured and fruitful dialogue.”

In a letter to the ARF’s president, Peter Costea, the agency called this “a fundamental rights perception that is incompatible with the participation in the FRP.” The agency also explained that their position was based upon the belief that ARF’s views amount to “hate speech.”

Costea responded to the FRA, saying that the rejection was “ideological and political.” He defended his organization, saying that members “believe in human rights and dignity for all, in diversity and mutual respect.”

“We believe in civilized dialogue and robust debate on issues of wide social impact and importance. Nevertheless, we need to point out, respectfully yet unambiguously, our view that your decision to deny ARF membership … is discriminatory and improper.”

“To us it evinces an attempt to weed out organisations that express, based on their freedom of expression and religion, views that are different from those officially espoused by the Agency.”

In 2009 the Fundamental Rights Agency invited all “stakeholding” nongovernmental organizations from EU countries to submit applications for membership in the Platform. The purpose of the platform, the agency says, is to engage in a “structured dialogue with civil society,” to ensure that the EU and national governments respect the fundamental rights of all persons.

While turning down the ARF, the Fundamental Rights Agency accepted the application of the British Humanist Association (BHA), one of Britain’s most outspokenly anti-Christian lobby groups that works for the removal of all signs of Christianity from public life in Britain.

The BHA features a who’s who list of Britain’s most hostile anti-Christians, including atheist Richard Dawkins and its current president, radical feminist journalist Polly Toynbee. The group is best known recently for its “atheist bus” campaigns and its political work to disestablish the Church of England, to abolish daily worship in schools and to “reform” religious education to exclude religious belief.
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4 Responses to “Europe Marches on to the Criminalization of Christianity”

  1. Brian Westley said

    Sorry, being rejected by an agency due to your incompatible views is not “criminalization.” Stop whining.

  2. Mats said

    Yes,our “incompatible views” are orthodox Christianity. Sooner or later europe will be like atheist China or some muslim nation where holding a Bible may put you in jail.

  3. Brian Westley said

    Like I said, stop whining. Nothing in the news article is anything NEAR “criminalization.” Instead, one organization which is hostile to gay rights was rejected for membership in an organization which considers gay rights to be a basic tenet of their group.

  4. Mats said

    Brian,

    Like I said, stop whining. Nothing in the news article is anything NEAR “criminalization.”

    If you deny the membership of an organizaion bkz it disagres with the un-healthy homossexual lifestyle, and you call them “haters”, sooner or later, crimininalization will occur. The same happened with Jews in Germany.
    Step by step atheists in europe move to make Christianity an illegal religion. Funny, since muslims often kill gays in europe, and atheists do nothing.

    Instead, one organization which is hostile to gay rights was rejected for membership in an organization which considers gay rights to be a basic tenet of their group.

    I.E., they were rejected bkz they were considered “haters”, one step to making them criminals.

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