Ain’t it the truth. Whether by Muslims or reductive materialists (e.g. Dawkins), Christianity is under active Muslim persecution or wholly unwarranted derision from materialist idiots who ought to know better. But I think Angela Merkel is referring to Islam here.
BERLIN (AP) — Opposition lawmakers and human rights groups are criticizing German Chancellor Angela Merkel for claiming that Christianity is “the most persecuted religion worldwide.”
Lawmaker Jerzy Montag of the opposition Greens party on Tuesday described Merkel’s comments as “mistaken” and “not very helpful.”
Rights campaigners said ranking faiths according to how persecuted they are is pointless.
Human Rights Watch noted that Muslims in Myanmar, members of Falun Gong in China and Jews in many countries worldwide also face persecution.
Merkel’s comments came at a meeting of the German Protestant Church late Monday in which she emphasized Germany needed to protect Christian minorities as part of its foreign policy.
Merkel, the daughter of a pastor, also spoke out against a strict separation of church and state and said Europe was built on Christian foundations.
Reductive or eliminative materialism (there is nothing in the universe but matter and its motions, such that mind, intention, purpose and will are explained away in terms of ultimately physical phenomena), I refer you to Berlinski’s “The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions” and Thomas Nagel’s “Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost certainly False”. Ironically, Berlinski is an atheist. and Nagel, so far as I can tell, is one too. They both understand bad arguments, however.