Disinfo: Western elites behind ongoing genocide of Christians

Summary

A thousand French churches were vandalised in 2018, amid total media silence. European elites are not just indifferent to the ongoing genocide of Christians, but outright complicit in it. Western politicians want to get rid of Christians to implement a new world order, and are using Muslims to do their dirty job.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy narrative portraying Christians, who account for three quarters of Europe's total population, as an oppressed minority. A February 2019 Interior Ministry communique records 1,063 "anti-Christian acts" committed throughout 2018, without further differentiation between the type, gravity, or target of these acts. The figures have been reported in all of France's widest-read newspapers. On the other hand, a detailed report for 2017 records 878 acts of vandalism perpetrated against all types of "Christian sites," which aside from churches include cemeteries, chapels, calvaries, statues, and tombs (p. 14-15). Commenting on the data, even French bishops described the incidents as "less pressing" than those targeting religious minorities, adding that the Christian clergy in France" do not want it thought that they feel persecuted." The remainder of the segment is dedicated to advancing pro-Kremlin conspiracy theories and long-debunked disinformation narratives concerning the "New World Order," the global elites, and the creeping Islamisation of Europe.

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  • Reported in: Issue 151
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/05/2019
  • Outlet language(s) English
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: France
  • Keywords: Islamisation, New World Order, Secret elites / global elites, European values, Genocide, Europe, Christianity
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A big number of European countries are under a new form of colonialism

In the last decades a considerable number of European countries have lost their sovereignty. Ideological dogmas of liberal political correctness serve as a cover for a new form of colonialism. In many European countries political elites follow the mentioned dogmas and totally lack a sense of responsibility about their respective countries and peoples.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory consistent with three out of the five most common pro-Kremlin propaganda narratives, namely the elites vs. the people, threatened values, and lost sovereignty. Claims that certain countries are no longer truly sovereign is another very frequent narrative promoted by the pro-Kremlin disinformation sources. Examples of this narrative are numerous: Ukraine is ruled by foreigners, The EU is directed by Washington, Lithuania is occupied by NATO.

The European Parliament does not have real powers, EU bureaucrats decide

The European Parliament does not have real powers and opportunities to influence the decisions taken by bureaucrats and pragmatic politicians.

Disproof

This claim misrepresents the competences of the European Parliament and is consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about a dysfunctional EU governed by the bureaucrats and elites who are out of touch with the needs of the people. See an earlier case about Brussels bureaucrats.

The European Commission cannot adopt new legislation or amend existing EU legislation without consent from the Council of the EU and the European Parliament. The European Parliament is directly elected by the EU’s population. It approves and removes the president of the European Commission. The European Parliament also has the power to censure the Commission with a vote of two-thirds of its members, thereby forcing the Commission to resign.

The Council of Europe will die without Russia's membership

In a few weeks, two years will have passed since Russia stopped paying its annual contributions to the Council of Europe. Moscow is not concerned with this situation and is ready to leave the organisation. The Council of Europe will ultimately die without Russia.

If Russia leaves, the European Court of Human Rights will bear the greatest negative consequences as it will lose the largest human-rights ‘market’. This will result in a strong blow to the Council of Europe’s prestige.

Disproof

This message is consistent with the pro-Kremlin narrative about the imminent collapse of Western and European institutions. Examples of the cases following this narrative include: a dying EU promotes an anti-Russian, anti-democratic agenda and NATO is useless.

After the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Russia's voting rights in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) were suspended. In protest, Russia stopped paying its annual contributions to the Council of Europe (CoE) in June 2017.