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Concerns US On Path To Anti-Christian Violence – Italian Religious Liberty Expert


By David Kerr

The head of Italy’s new religious liberty watchdog group warned that present threats of “discriminatory legislation” in the U.S. could eventually result in violence against Christians in America.

“In a climate of discrimination, it is possible that somebody will act upon that discrimination to say ‘the laws are not enough’ and resort to actual violence and this is the realms of hate crimes,” Professor Massimo Introvigne told CNA June 28.

Introvigne was appointed as chairman of the newly created Observatory on Religious Liberty in June. The group is the joint-creation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the City of Rome with the aim of monitoring religious freedom around the world.

The inaugural meeting was held at Rome’s Foreign Press Association June 28. It heard Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore make the case that religious liberty in the United States is currently imperiled by the prevailing culture as well as by legislation such as the recent Department of Health & Human Services mandate.

Introvigne stressed that he did not want to create a “false impression” that he was equating “the bloody persecution of Christians” as presently occurs in some African and Asian countries with “discriminatory legislation in the United States or Europe.”

However, the 57-year-old sociologist suggested that there was a “three stage process” which could lead to anti-Christian violence in the West if action to protect religious liberty was not taken.

“It starts with intolerance which is a cultural phenomenon,” he explained “and then if intolerance becomes so widespread and popular, some politicians will act upon it and introduce discriminatory legislation.”

It is in this “climate of discrimination,” he said, that people can decide to take the law into their own hands and use violence to further suppress Christianity.

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The Catholic News Agency (CNA) has been, since 2004, one of the fastest growing Catholic news providers to the English speaking world. The Catholic News Agency takes much of its mission from its sister agency, ACI Prensa, which was founded in Lima, Peru, in 1980 by Fr. Adalbert Marie Mohm (†1986).

One thought on “Concerns US On Path To Anti-Christian Violence – Italian Religious Liberty Expert

  • July 5, 2012 at 11:27 am

    . I think Islam and especially militant Islamic ideology should not be acceptable to any society. Until and unless the Muslim population resolve their religion’s problems-it cannot and should not be accepted into ANY SOCIETY. I have seen the abuse by Shiite and Sunni all over the world-thousands have died. In Ireland Catholics and Protestants argue and fought each other for nationalistic reasons. It was also not international like Islamic disputes. In Indonesia-Muslims are killing each other -Sunni, Shiite and Ahmadiya. This is ridiculous.
    The US is doing the right thing and containing this international threat that will rear its head in the USA if not contained. We can see the damage in Europe. Mosques and their content must be controlled as this is the point where decisions are made for violence.
    Muslims cannot explain why the carnage in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and all over the middle-east-In Africa-Boko Haram. Just to name a few. Never seen a religion that dictates so much violence in the name of God. Islam is an outdated religion-they must bring it up to the 21st century-Look at the Taliban poisoning children as an attempt to stop them going to school or raping children after marrying them-what do the Muslims say about this?


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