The Hungarian government this week announced the creation of a new federal agency which will be tasked with fighting anti-Christian bigotry and combatting international Christian persecution. The new office will be a division of the Hungarian Ministry for Human Rights. Hungary has become the first world government to establish formally such an office.
Hungarian President Victor Orban and Human Rights Minister Zoltan Balog were inspired to create the new agency after attending the 1st World Conference of Catholic Legislators, held this year in Italy. The conference was presided over by Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn of Austria. The Cardinal has long warned Europe about losing its Christian, through both Islamification and Cultural Marxism. Orban and Balog, although both Protestants, met in a private audience at the conference with Pope Francis.
The new agency has a $3.3 million annual budget.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Balog underscored the urgency of raising the international community's awareness of Christian persecution. "Today, Christianity has become the world's most persecuted religion." he stated. "Four out of five people worldwide who are killed for religious reasons are Christians. In 81 countries around the world, Christians are persecuted and 200 million Christians live in areas where they are discriminated against."
Balog also pointed out that, while the worst persecutions are occurring in the Middle East at the hands of Wahhabi fanatics, European Christians also suffer from attacks led by political extremists. "It is also expected that we will keep a vigilant eye on more subtle forms of persecutions within European borders." he noted.
The Minister was referring most probably to a 2014 Vatican report which cited Radical Feminists, Homosexual activist gangs and other Cultural Marxists in the West as encouraging anti-Christian discrimination. Though the Hungarians didn't specifically mention North America, our continent certainly should be noted by the new agency. In the US and Canada there is considerable official and unofficial anti-Christian discrimination regularly practiced. In the Northern states of Mexico, violent drug cartels---many of which are led by known members of Satanic cults and covertly aided by US interests---are responsible for the murders of dozens of priests; as well as the destruction of several churches.
While Hungary deserves praise for this progressive initiative, it is unfortunate that our own government is so distant from such humanitarian concerns. Especially when we consider that the United States was the first modern nation to enshrine Liberty of Conscience and Freedom of Religion into law. Yet, sadly our government today not only aids and abets anti-Christian movements abroad, but encourages them domestically as well.
Hungary's new policy, however, is going to bring international attention to the problem. If international focus begins to turn on the plight of Christians, it may force changes here as well.