Budapest hosted a gathering of over 600 people with Christian clerics as well as politicians for a “world congress,” the second one the Orbán government organized. The Hungarian government claims that today 250 million Christians are victims of persecution and oppression worldwide, including in Europe. Here are a few comments from the speeches of Hungarian politicians and experts on the state of Christianity in the world.
According to Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, “one needs courage to openly talk about the fate of Christians,” and those who accepted the invitation to the congress showed “extraordinary courage.” Szijjártó recalled that in the past year 2,625 Christians were arrested without any legal grounds. Attacks on Christian churches numbered more than 1,200.
From Szijjártó’s speech it became clear that the Orbán regime defines “Christian phobia” and “hatred of Christians” in the broadest possible sense. Hungarian politicians consider intolerance of the Christian set of religious beliefs to be “persecution.” Most of the speeches of Hungarian politicians indicated that the Hungarian government’s latest foray into the defense of Christianity includes a large dose of criticism of Western Europeans who refuse to join Hungary in its effort to eradicate Christian persecution at home and abroad.