Published on
21 January 2013

What’s Wrong with the West? Intolerance against Christians – and a Scanty Response


Dr. Kugler studied Law, Women's Studies and the Theology of Marriage and the Family. Her doctorate is in International Law. In 2005 she co-founded in Vienna Kairos Consulting for Non-Profit Initiatives. Since September 2008 she has been adjunct professor at the International Theological Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family. She runs the European Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians. From 2010 to 2012 she belonged to the FRP Advisory Panel of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency. She remains actively involved at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

On 16 January Dr. Gudrun Kugler spoke at a Thomas More Institute Seminar to the title What’s Wrong with the West? Intolerance against Christians – and a Scanty Response. In her presentation Dr. Kugler cited examples of increasing intolerance towards Christians and the Christian religion, taking in both increased social intolerance towards Christians and Christian beliefs, and legal and judicial discrimination against Christians either in professional or public life.

The essential points made by Dr. Kugler are covered in the opening chapter of Exiting a Dead End Road, entitled No Successor for Don Camillo. The book is a collection of essays aimed at offering Christians a practical ‘roadmap’ to recovering acceptance of Christian beliefs.

No Successor for Don Camillo – pdf

‘What Christians in Europe face today is a denial of equal rights and what we might call social marginalization. The term intolerance refers to the social dimension, the term discrimination, to the legal.’

Exiting a Dead End Road is published by KAIROS and is available here to download as an e-book or order in hard copy.