Candice Bergen is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada where she holds the title of Opposition House Leader. Soon after the Easter morning bombings in Sri Lanka, she spoke briefly in Parliament about standing up for Christian beliefs.
"Once again the world has witnessed horrific attacks against Christians because of their faith. On Easter Sunday, Islamic extremists bombed churches and hotels targeting the Christian community in Sri Lanka, brutally murdering more than 250 people and injuring hundreds more.
"Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world. They're targeted by Islamic extremists in countries like Pakistan, Iran, and Nigeria – and by communist regimes in China and North Korea.
"Here in the West we see a subtle persecution. For example, if you are a Christian in the West and you believe in Creation or the teachings of the Bible, be prepared to be mocked and ridiculed by many, including some of your own political leaders. And if you have social beliefs based on your Christian convictions, you might be denied government funding.
"This is shameful – and as uncomfortable as it might make some, it must be called out. It's time we stand up for all religious freedoms; we must lead by example and reject all violence and persecution of people because of their faith and beliefs."