Merkel steps in it, invoking Europe’s Christian heritage

From Walter Russell Mead, quoting the Times of Israel on the German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

Opposition MPs have criticised the Chancellor, Angela Merkel, for claiming that Christianity is “the most persecuted religion worldwide”.

Merkel’s comments came at a meeting of the German Protestant Church late Monday in which she emphasized Germany’s needed to protect Christian minorities as part of its foreign policy.

Merkel, the daughter of a pastor, also spoke out against strict separation of church and state and said Europe was built on Christian foundations.

Question: why are Merkel’s comments so controversial?

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About Matthew J. Tuininga

Matthew J. Tuininga is the Assistant Professor of Moral Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Posted on November 8, 2012, in Religious Liberty and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Merkel steps in it, invoking Europe’s Christian heritage.

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