Attacks against Christians and Christian churches in Europe reached records highs in 2019. New research from GIIPC found approximately 3,000 violent acts against European Christians in 2019, including looting, vandalism, and arson. Many of the incidents went unreported by the media.
According to the report:
“Violence against Christian sites is most widespread in France, where churches, schools, cemeteries and monuments are being vandalized, desecrated and burned at an average rate of three per day, according to government statistics. In Germany, attacks against Christian churches are occurring at an average rate of two per day.”
According to the report, in countries such as France and Germany, violence against Christians often derives from competing religious groups. In Spain, by contrast, attacks against Christian churches are often carried out by anarchists and far-left activist (e.g. pro-choice groups) bent on ensuring “Christianity is permanently removed from the public square.”
Perpetrators of religious crimes in Europe are rarely caught.