Prince Charles' Powerful Admonition Of The Rise Of Far-Right Populism

"The scale of religious persecution around the world is not widely appreciated."

This was a year of profound change, a change that saw the election of Donald Trump to the presidency and the rise of far-right populism in the west. And a strong cautionary note against this political shift came from none other than the Prince of Wales on Friday on BBC Radio 4's "Thought For The Day" program. 

"We are now seeing the rise of many populist groups across the world that are increasingly aggressive to those who adhere to a minority faith. All of this has deeply disturbing echoes of the dark days of the 1930s," Prince Charles said, according to The Guardian. "My parents' generation fought and died in a battle against intolerance, monstrous extremism and inhuman attempts to exterminate the Jewish population of Europe."

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It was "beyond all belief," he added, that almost seven decades later such "evil persecution" is alive and well. "We owe it to those who suffered and died so horribly not to repeat the horrors of the past," he urged. The prince also spoke of the plight of those displaced within their war-torn countries, and refugees who fled their homes in pursuit of survival. "The scale of religious persecution around the world is not widely appreciated," he said. 

Prince Charles' timely message adds to the growing number of people who have expressed similar concerns. In the face of dangerous nationalism sweeping European nations and the U.S., the resistance has come from many corners: from the foreboding halls of Capitol Hill to glamorous Hollywood studios to social media spaces, where minorities are reclaiming their narratives and fighting back against the wave of policies and rhetoric targeted at them. Now add the royal family to the list. 

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