Gov’t creates new post for Christian persecution

September 6, 2016

A Christian Dirce, by Henryk Siemiradzki, 1897
A Christian Dirce, by Henryk Siemiradzki, 1897

Pro-government daily Magyar Idők reports the government is establishing a new assistant undersecretary post for the fight against persecution of Christians. The post will be headed by Tamás Török, who recently returned from a diplomatic posting in Italy.

According to Magyar Idők, the decision to create the post comes after a recent visit to the Vatican by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balog. It was during this visit that, according to the daily, the two government officials met with Christian leaders from the Middle East. The meetings prompted the Hungarian government to create a post to assist in the fight “against all forms of Christian persecution”.

According to a statement published on the government’s website on September 5, Minister of National Economy Mihály Varga has approved a sum of EUR 3 million to assist Christian communities that have been targeted by attacks.

“Recently, Christians have been attacked in Europe,” Magyar Idők reminds its readers. “The most extreme case occurred in France next to the city of Rouen, in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, where a priest was executed like an animal in front of parishioners and nuns by Islamic extremists. Soon after, a 14-year-old migrant boy set an Italian church ablaze in Italy.”

The Hungarian government’s latest move to instill fear in the heart of the country’s Christians comes in the run-up to the October 2 referendum against a perceived obligatory EU refugee settlement quota. The country’s Christian “right” is also taking part in the campaign, including the Faith Church, owner of Hungary’s only opposition television station, ATV.