During a speech on national radio, Britain’s Prince of Wales spoke out for persecuted Christians and minorities all over the world, but also criticized the “populist groups.”
On the “Thought of the Day” program on BBC Radio 4, which is dedicated to faith issues, Prince Charles asked listeners to reflect on persecuted religious figures – emphasizing Jesus Christ and Muhammad – this Christmas.
Normally at Christmas we think of the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. I wonder though if this year we might remember how the story of the nativity unfolds, with the fleeing of the holy family to escape violent persecution. And we might also remember that when the prophet Muhammad migrated from Mecca to Medina he was seeking the freedom for himself and his followers to worship.
Whichever religious path we follow, the destination is the same – to value and respect the other person, accepting their right to live out their peaceful response to the love of God.
The Prince of Whales talked about the persecution of Christians, but didn’t name the source of most of this persecution. Instead, he referred to “insidious forms of extremism… which aim to eliminate all types of religious diversity.”