(CNSNews.com) -- At the U.S. State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom on July 18, Hungarian representative and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Péter Szijjártó, expressed his desire to see Europe return to its Christian roots and argued that Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world.
“It is absolutely an honor to be invited, and to represent a country which has been Christian for the last 1,019 years,” said Szijjarto. “It is an honor to represent a country here which has protected Christianity many times throughout its history and is still proud to be Christian nowadays, as well, and argues in favor of Christianity and Christian culture to be given the priority in Europe.”
Video of Peter Szijjarto speaking about the persecution of Christians can be seen here.
“Our constitution starts with the word ‘God,’ and the introduction of the Constitution says that we acknowledge the role of Christianity in preserving the Hungarian nation,” said the Hungarian representative.
Decrying the seeming lack of resolve to combat Christian oppression, Szijjártó continued, “We Christians, unfortunately, do have some sad duties nowadays: first of all, to understand that Christianity is the most persecuted religion all over the earth -- four out of every five men and women who are persecuted for their belief are Christians.”
“And if you look at the international discourse, and if you look at the discussion going on in the European media or political elite, unfortunately we have to see that Christianophobia is being portrayed as if it was the last acceptable form of discrimination, which is totally unacceptable,” he said.
“And if you look at the declarations and resolutions of international organizations, you will hardly find any reference to tortures and challenges, which the Christian communities have to face all over the world,” said the Hungarian offical. “Even in the European Union when I ask the foreign affairs consulate to refer to Christian communities in the Middle East, for example, the most I can reach is that religious minorities will be included in the text.”
“But I really do believe that if we Christians do not speak up in favor of the Christian communities, no one else will do so,” he said.
The Hungarian minister concluded with statistics that he said proved the dire state of Christian persecution worldwide: “And if you look at the facts they say that 245 million Christians are being persecuted all over the world, which means that every ninth man and woman who are Christian are under persecution.”
“In 4,136 cases Christians were killed last year, which means that there are 11 Christians being killed every day all over the world, and 1,266 Churches were either ruined or attacked during the last year,” said Szijjarto.