Hungary aims to aid and defend Christians persecuted by ISIS.

Hungary has announced a new initiative to fight forces that discriminate against and persecute Christians. The government has decided that in the light of the recent attacks on Christians, a new department will be set up in Hungary to study these cases and fight radical forces that threaten the lives of innocent Christians. The authorities have indicated that this department will not only take into consideration the attacks that have been happening in the Middle East, but also the disguised forms of discrimination against Christians in Europe.

Hungary's Minister for Human Capacities, Zoltan Balog said, “Christianity has become the most persecuted religion, where out of five people killed out of religious reasons, four of them are Christians. In 81 countries around the world Christians are persecuted and 200 million Christians live in areas where they are discriminated against. Millions of Christian lives are threatened by followers of radical religious ideologies."

This department will be the first of its kind to deal with the issue of Christian persecution in any country so far. The authorities have revealed that this is of utmost importance in today's world as Christianity faces threats from a number of radical groups like ISIS, Boko Haram and other such groups. The authorities also believe that discrimination against devout Christians in Europe is on a steady rise, and the department will be studying this too. With persecution in Middle Eastern countries being openly carried out, Balog said, “we will keep a vigilant eye on the more subtle forms of persecutions within European borders."

This move by the Hungarian government comes as a surprise even as Obama has been under lot of pressure by conservative Christian groups in the U.S. to take strong action against the persecution of Christianity. However, some groups feel not much has been done by the U.S. President. The American Center for Law and Justice filed a lawsuit against the president for not addressing the issue in a proper way.

The new department, estimated to have a 3 million euro budget was inspired by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Balog’s trip to Rome, where they met with Pope Francis and other leaders of Eastern Christian churches.

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