Action For Persecuted Christians

Action For Persecuted Christians

"A mysterious force shuts the mouths of European politicians and cripples their arms." That’s the reality of the liberal response to the worldwide persecution of Christians, according to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

He made his incisive comment during the 2019 conference on Christian Persecution, which he organized in Budapest. "We are giving persecuted Christians what they need: homes, hospitals, and schools, and we receive in return what Europe needs most: a Christian faith, love and perseverance". "Europe is quiet," Orbán went on.

"A mysterious force shuts the mouths of European politicians and cripples their arms." He said the issue of Christian persecution could only be considered a human rights issue in Europe.

He insisted that "Christians are not allowed to be mentioned on their own, only together with other groups that are being persecuted for their faiths." The persecution of Christians "is therefore folded into the diverse family of persecuted religious groups".

According to Tristan Azbej, Hungary's State Secretary for the Aid to Persecuted Christians, Orbán's is the first European government to have a special State Secretariat "which has only one duty: To look after and monitor the destiny and the situation of the Christian communities all over the world, and if there is a need, we help."

No other European government has invested so much money, public diplomacy and time on this topic.

"... So far, we have spent 36.5 MUSD on strengthening the Christian communities, where they live. This is because of our basic approach [is] that we do not want to have...the members of the Christian communities leave their homes, but enable them to stay and be stronger there. Our principle is to bring help where it is needed, and not bring problems where there are no problems, yet at least.

In this framework we have rebuilt houses for 1200 Christian families in Iraq to enable them to return. We are building schools for the Christians in the Middle East with the Caldean Church and the Syrian Orthodox Church.

We cover the medical costs of Christian hospitals, three of them in Syria; we are just now reconstructing 33 Christian churches in Lebanon and we are carrying out a comprehensive development and construction program on the Nineveh Plains".