German Lawmakers Denounce Growing Islamic Violence Against Christian Minorities

German lawmakers across the spectrum on Tuesday called for stronger protections of Christian minorities worldwide following the coordinated attacks at several Sri Lanka churches and hotels on Sunday which killed over 300 people, according to Deutsche Welle

Members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) and Greens all expressed their concern about what they saw as growing violence against Christians.

Germany's commissioner for religious freedom, Markus Grübel (CDU), told Die Welt newspaper that the Sri Lankan attacks were part of what appeared to be a global trend. -DW

"Christians are the target of radical Muslims worldwide," said Grübel - which he said was "incomprehensible" given "Christianity's close relation to Islam." Perhaps he's referring to the steady Islamisation of Europe? 

Blood stains are seen on a statue of Jesus Christ after a bomb blast inside a church in Negombo, on Sunday.
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Volker Kauder, the former CDU parliamentary leader agreed, denouncing "growing persecution of Christians in the entire Asian region" in an interview with Bild newspaper. Kauder says that the Sri Lanka attacks are not an isolated case, and that "nationalist movements of Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims are becoming more and more militant here."

Harshani Sriyani weeps over the body of her daughter who was killed in the Easter Sunday bombings in Colombo.Eranga Jayawardena/AP

FDP deputy leader in the German parliament, Michael Theurer, told Die Welt that over 100 million Christians live in countries "where the basic human right of religious freedom is currently not respected."

In many places such as "China, North Korea, Pakistan or parts of Nigeria," Christians comprise the largest persecuted minority, Theurer said.

Sven Giegold, a member for the Greens in the European Parliament, shared the view that Christians' religious freedom is threatened worldwide.

"Europe must emphatically stand up in the world for the right to freedom of religion," said Gievold. 

Sri Lankan security forces stand at the site near St. Anthony's shrine in Colombo after they performed a controlled detonation of a suspicious van on Monday.Eranga Jayawardena/AP

Meanwhile, former President Barack Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton can't even say the word "Christians."