Anti-Semites are terrorizing the Greek Orthodox Church and attempting to silence the Church’s outspoken criticism of the government.
Greek Orthodox Archbishop Makarios has called on the government to investigate the threats.
The Church has called for a halt to the killings, and the Greek government has pledged to do just that.
But the church’s leader, the Roman Catholic Bishop Georgios Vassilakis, has also called for an investigation.
“There is an atmosphere of hate in the Greek Church,” he told the New York Times in September.
“We have to do everything possible to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.”
Greek Orthodox leader Archbishop Georgios has been a vocal critic of the current Greek government and has also urged a peaceful resolution to the crisis.
But as the church has been the subject of anti-Semitism, he’s been especially vocal on the issue.
In April, Greek authorities arrested two men accused of organizing a rally in Athens calling for violence against Greek Orthodox churches.
The two men, who were released on bail, are accused of inciting violence against Christians.
The men allegedly called for violence in support of the Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party.
In a statement, Greek Police said the men had planned to gather outside a Greek Orthodox church in the suburb of Idomeni in Athens’ west.
“They were arrested when they left their hotel room to get to the scene of the crime,” the statement read.
“The two suspects were identified as two members of Golden Dawn.”
According to Greek law, a “terrorist” is someone who commits acts that threaten the “public order and security” and “violates the law in the exercise of the right to life.”
In March, the Greek parliament passed a bill criminalizing any form of “terrorism” that results in “the death or injury of a person.”
Under the law, “terrorist acts” are punishable by up to five years in prison.
The bill also outlaws any act of “attempted genocide” or “acts that would have resulted in the genocide of persons.”
Greek Prime Minister Nikos Michaloliakos has said he’s committed to addressing the “serious crimes” in Greece’s Orthodox Church.
In the wake of the March rally, Greek police arrested seven people, including a man who is suspected of being one of the leaders of the group.
The arrests prompted a protest march on Idomenis cathedral by the Greek community.
On Friday, the church denounced the arrests, saying that the men arrested were the victims of “a criminal act of terrorism.”
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Athens has also been targeted by anti-Christian attacks in recent weeks.
In May, two men in a car set off a firebomb outside the archdiocese in the city of Thessaloniki, according to local media.
The archdiocesan police said that the group had been “armed” with “crude weapons,” and that it was not clear if any of the people involved were known to them.
Earlier this month, two members from the Greek Parliament were stabbed to death after leaving a meeting at the Greek Ministry of Education.
The police said the two men had been trying to “get information” from members of the Christian community on the planned protest.
The attackers reportedly said they were inspired by the anti-Muslim, neo-fascist group Golden Dawn.
In June, Greek activists accused the Greek police of using excessive force in an anti-Islam protest.
At the time, the police said they had received an anonymous report of “rioters” setting off a car bomb in Athens, but that there was no evidence that the police had acted in self-defense.
The government has said that it will launch an investigation into the attacks.
The country is also under a state of emergency, in place since last year, that is meant to stop any “unintended acts of violence” and the spreading of “radical ideologies.”
However, it’s unclear whether the law is being used to prosecute the perpetrators of the attacks, or if the country’s anti-terrorism law is in place to address any of those attacks.