Most of the people living in Germany are Evangelicals, Catholics and atheists. The assaults or acts of violence against people of Christian faith are rather rare. But every single case is already one too much.
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Attacks on people of the Christian faith
In 2022, a total of 43 criminal offenses were committed within Germany that fall into the category of hostility toward Christians. These numbers come from a response from the federal government to a request from the AfD (political party) parliamentary group. The AfD is classified on the extreme right wing of the political spectrum.
Accordingly, 7 cases can be classified as acts of violence against Christians. In 2021, a total of 39 anti-Christian crimes were counted. Of these, 9 cases were violent.
This rather meager information is provided by the Vatican News Germany, citing information from the Catholic News Agency Germany (KNA).
A look at the answer published by the federal government itself (“Drucksache 20/6224”), however, reveals a few more details.
Accordingly, these are cases within the “anti-Christian” sub-topic field of the “religious ideology” phenomenon area, which was only introduced in 2017. Violent acts include assault, attempted homicide and completed homicide.
Although there is a categorization in the area of ”anti-Christianity”, no data is recorded about the religious affiliation of the perpetrators or suspects. The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) does not know such a recording. According to its response, the Federal Government sees no need to record the religious affiliation of the perpetrators or suspects separately in the future either.
Attacks on Christian asylum seekers
The very brief reports on the Federal Government’s response also do not contain the information that the AfD parliamentary group made its small inquiry in relation to the need for protection of asylum seekers of the Christian faith. The federal government should answer a question as to how the security situation of asylum seekers of Christian faith is currently being assessed.
According to the federal government, the Federal Republic of Germany is still the focus of “various jihadist organizations” with regard to the nationwide general threat situation. There is still a “high abstract risk of jihadist-motivated acts of violence” and this “in principle also includes people of the Christian faith”. This is primarily the case because militant Islamists equate the term “Christian” with the population of Western countries.
Converted Christians Less Vulnerable?
Now it is natural that most asylum seekers from the Near and Middle East, e.g. Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and also the states of North Africa are of the Muslim faith. Therefore, there is a large imbalance in numbers between Muslim and Christian asylum seekers.
But woe to the asylum seeker who is a Christian and was once a Muslim in his homeland, i.e. a convert.
In this regard, the allegation by the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) sounds very interesting. Accordingly, the “Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge” (“Federal Office for Migration and Refugees”) (BAMF) denied the Christian converts the right to asylum almost completely.