Hungary Decries ‘Wall of Silence’ Concealing Christian Persecution

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ROME — Despite massive persecution of Christians on a global scale, a “wall of silence” has been erected around the problem, lamented a Hungarian minister Monday.

Mr. Tristan Azbej, Hungary’s “State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians,” sent around a summary of a speech he gave two weeks ago at the 2019 Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, hosted by the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC., in which he explains why Hungary has focused attention on Christian persecution.

The Hungarian government has set up the aid program because “Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world” and “Hungary is a Christian nation,” Mr. Azbej said in his Twitter post.

“My title is State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians. I believe I am the only government official in the world with this title,” Azbej begins in the embedded video of his July 16 address to the Ministerial, provoking spontaneous applause.

Noting that the Hungarian government set up a specific aid program for persecuted Christians back in 2016, Azbej explains that it was a logical thing for Hungarians to do.

“We are a Christian nation. We are proud to say that,” he said. “There are not many European countries where politicians are allowed to say such a thing.”

“Currently in the world Christianity is the most persecuted religion. Eighty percent of the people who are persecuted for their faith in the world are Christians,” he added.

“So, this is why we have set up a program to aid them. But I have to clarify here that we are not only providing direct assistance to Christians; that wouldn’t be very Christian like, would it?” he said. “So, our support for Christians is explicit but not exclusive.”

“We have seen that there is a neglect, there is a wall of silence built around this problem,” Azbej proposed.

“In the international organizations we are trying to raise awareness and at the same time we have started an aid program, a humanitarian and reconstruction program, which has a very unique character of providing aid directly to the communities,” he said.

In the full text of his address, published by the U.S. State Department on July 26, Mr. Azbej said that “Hungary has protected Christianity many times throughout its history, and is still proud to be Christian,” noting that the Hungarian Constitution acknowledges “the role of Christianity in preserving the Hungarian nation.”

Christian persecution is “the last acceptable form of discrimination,” he observed, while noting that in the many 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.”

“I really do believe that if the Christians do not speak up in favor of the Christian communities, no one else will do so,” he said.

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