Jerusalem: Christian leaders closed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built where it is believed that Jesus was buried. The closing was in protest over new taxes by the Israeli government. The municipal government of Jerusalem issued an order for the seizure of church assets, including property and bank accounts, for new taxes in the amount of $186 million, that they say are owed to the government. Church officials say this is an attempt to weaken the presence of Christians in Jerusalem.
A Canadian chain of ice cream shops called ‘Sweet Jesus’ mocks Christianity and fetishizes children in advertisements and decor. Its logo features an inverted cross and a stylized S used in Satanic symbolism. The same people who support these stores would protest bitterly if they ridiculed any other religion. [For example, Canada has a law against Islamophobia but not Christianophobia.]