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The 500th anniversary of the Reformation

November 1st, 2017

Pro-government commentators commemorating the Lutheran Reformation accuse Europe of abandoning her Christian values. They call on European Christians to unite and defend their heritage.

In Magyar Hírlap, Dániel Kacsoh agrees with Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén who described Christians as a persecuted group. He claims that mass migration from the Middle East is increasing anti-Christian as well as anti-Semitic sentiments in Europe. Kacsoh lambasts left-wing and liberal politicians who are willing to welcome “migrants with strong, and, in some cases, even radical religious identities” who represent a threat to peace in Europe. The pro-government columnist accuses western European courts of trying to eradicate Christian symbols from public spaces in the name of an ‘atheist ideology wrapped in mendacious tolerance’. As an example, he mentions the French Conseil d’Etat which ruled that the cross must be removed from the statue of John Paul II in the city of Ploermel.

Europe is facing the same kinds of challenges it did five hundred years ago, Dávid Megyeri writes in Magyar Idők. The pro-government commentator suggests that Luther realized the danger of Islam, as proven by a letter he addressed to Maria of Habsburg after the takeover of Buda by the Ottoman army in 1541. Just like five centuries ago, God is using Islamic expansion to remind Christians of their own values, Dávid believes. In conclusion, he suggests that Christians should jointly defend European and national values in Europe.

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