Day after day during 2019, churches and Christian symbols were deliberately attacked in Europe, where anti-Christian hostility is rampant, while vandals do not feel the weight of the law.
Approximately 3,000 Christian churches, schools, cemeteries, and monuments were vandalized, looted, or disfigured in Europe during 2019, which is on track to become a record year for anti-Christian sacrilege on the continent, according to research by the Gatestone Institute.
For its research, the NGO reviewed thousands of newspaper reports, police reports, parliamentary consultations, social network publications, and specialized blogs from Great Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Spain.
Violence against Christian sites is most widespread in France, where—according to government statistics—churches, schools, cemeteries, and monuments are being destroyed, desecrated, and burned at an average rate of three per day.
According to police documents, in Germany, attacks against Christian churches are occurring at an average rate of two per day.
Perpetrators of anti-Christian attacks, which include acts of arson, defecation, desecration, looting, mockery, Satanism, theft, exhibitionism, and vandalism, are rarely caught.
And if so, the police and media often censor information about their identities and ethnic backgrounds. Many suspects are said to have mental disorders. As a result, many anti-Christian attacks are not classified as “hate crimes.”
According to research, in France and Germany, the increase in anti-Christian attacks fits in with recent massive Muslim immigration. The lack of official statistics on perpetrators and motives makes it impossible to know precisely how many attacks can be attributed to Muslim anti-Christianity or the jihadi cause.
In Spain, by contrast, attacks on Christian churches and symbols are overwhelmingly carried out by anarchists, radical feminists, and other extreme-left activists.
This Christmas season too, they have attacked living nativity scenes, intimidating children.
In Geneva, Switzerland, the iconic International Monument to the Protestant Reformation, also known as the Wall of the Reformation, was smashed with multicolored paint that formed a rainbow, a symbol of LGBT groups.
In an article written for the Spanish newspaper ABC, Juan Pedro Quiñonero, your correspondent in Paris for more than 35 years, explained, “The desecrations have an evident anti-Christian character. Drunk with fierce hatred, the vandals want to give their actions a clear anti-religious dimension. In recent months, anti-Semitic gangs have desecrated Jewish cemeteries, ‘signing’ their actions with swastikas. In the case of the desecration of Catholic churches, vandalism is not ‘signed.’ It speaks for itself: heinous mockeries of the figure of Christ on the cross and the desecration of high altars.”
The European media has tended to minimize malicious acts against Christians. The issue of anti-Christian vandalism was rarely reported by the European media until February 2019, when vandals attacked nine churches in the space of two weeks.
The issue made headlines again in April 2019, when a suspicious fire destroyed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Soeren Kern, a senior researcher at the New York-based Gatestone Institute, also made in her report a detailed and overwhelmingly extensive compilation of all the anti-Christian attacks in Western Europe in recent times.