Egyptian Christians Under Attack

Egyptian Christians are under attack. From the news: “The leader of Egypt’s Coptic Christian church is warning of increased attacks on Christians, saying national unity is being “defaced.” In a Monday meeting with lawmakers, Pope Tawadros II said that since 2013 there have been 37 sectarian attacks on Christians — nearly an incident a month.”

“The pope made his comments after he met with a parliamentary delegation which was composed of members of parliament’ Committee on Religious Affairs and the Support Egypt bloc at Cairo’s Al-Abbasiya Cathedral. The pope cited a report compiled by the church showing that in the past three years there have been 37 attacks on Christians; an average of one attack per month.”

Daily News Egypt quotes the pope as saying, “Egypt is known for the special coexistence between its Muslim and Christian population, and for not looking upon Copts as a minority. This is being distorted in front of the world, and it’s our responsibility is to correct it.”

So, why should Americans care about the plight of Egyptian Christians?

“Today, the Copts­­ — Christian Egyptians — comprise the largest Christian community in the Middle East, with more than 9 million Copts living in Egypt, and another million estimated to be practicing their faith in the United States and countries including Canada, Australia, France, Germany, and Africa. . . The Coptic Church is based on the teachings of Saint Mark, who brought Christianity to Egypt during the reign of the Roman emperor Nero in the first century. While Christianity disappeared completely in some regions, it has survived for more than 19 centuries in Egypt under Islamic dynasties. Its ancient roots put it on par with Chinese or Indian civilizations, and makes Coptic culture vital for understanding the ancient world, or any of the modern institutions it has influenced.”

Why the increase of violence against Egyptian Christians?

“Coptic Christians in Egypt have faced persecution for their faith for years, both at the hands of some in the local Muslim majority, but also with the rise of the Islamic State terror group, which has spread into the country.”

That an alleged Junior Varsity team has spread its tentacles into Egypt should be troubling for freedom-loving people everywhere.

Click here to learn more about the Coptic Church.

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  • Hank_M

    Who isn’t under attack by islamist terrorists?

    • Their dhimmocratic enablers…

      • Walter_Cronanty

        Well, not yet – they’re still feeding the alligators.

  • Commander_Chico

    The incompetent Sisi regime does nothing to stop these mobs. They are too busy arresting journalists, bombing Mexican tourists, and torturing Italian students to death.

    This Egyptian Copt, a naturalized US citizen, is an excellent source of news on Egypt:

    • jim_m

      It would be worse under the muslim brotherhood.

      • Olsoljer

        You mean “will”?

        • jim_m

          No, I don’t.

          The brotherhood was in charge prior to al Sisi and was working on establishing an islamic state. They were already on the road to violent, genocidal oppression of non-muslims.

          Chico resents the fact that they were displaced by the secularist al Sisi, who has publicly called for reformation of islam.

          • Commander_Chico

            Things were freer under Morsi no question about that.

          • jim_m

            For your islamist friends, yes.

          • Commander_Chico

            For everyone. The Sisi regime just convicted the former head of the anti-corruption agency for “defaming the nation” – telling the truth about Egyptian corruption and sentenced him to a year in prison. They have a kid in prison for wearing a t-shirt that said “No to torture.”

            Sisi’s Egypt is a cesspool of corruption and tyranny.

          • jim_m

            No one has claimed that al Sisi is without stain.

            However, you have made that claim of the islamist, Morsi, who by now woul have turned Egypt into an islamic fascist state with your blessing. I cannot help but think that it is your rabid antisemitism that causes the sharp pangs of regret that without Morsi there Israel still exists and you would dearly love to see a blood bath there.

          • Commander_Chico

            Well it’s just a corrupt fascist state with Islamic flavor now. Of course the most important thing to you is Israel’s feelings. Democracy in Egypt means nothing.

          • jim_m

            Oh, so you would prefer an islamic fascist state to the status quo. Got it. You think that the Caliphate is preferable.

  • Retired military

    Christians are under attack.
    This is different from when in the last 8 years?

  • Walter_Cronanty

    But don’t worry, as the Pope explains, it’s not about a war of religion: “Pope Francis said on Wednesday that a string of recent attacks, including the murder of a priest in France, was proof that the “world is at war”.

    However, speaking to reporters aboard a plane taking him to Poland, the pope said he was not talking about a war of religion, but rather one of domination of peoples and economic interests.”

    • He said more than just that… but you’re likely not interested.

      • In that you are almost certainly correct.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        Yes, according to your article he said: ““I do not speak of a religious war. Religions,” he concluded, “all religions, seek peace.”
        Honestly, Rick, I know you worship the man, but really, that statement is moronic.

        • Now I have to sit corrected…

        • Vagabond661

          Watch out. Rick will have you define “moronic.”

        • I don’t worship the man… only ignorance would speak thusly…

          • jim_m

            Nah, you kinda do. We’ve all gone over this with you before.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            Thanks for replying to the main point of my comment.

          • Scalia

            Walter, I’m very glad to see you commenting again.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            Yeah, it’s been a busy summer. My oldest son just had his second child [1st granddaughter after three grandsons – and yes, she’s the most beautiful baby, ever], plus my youngest son just went through another round of radiation for another leukemic tumor, after several months of various tests. Add to that the depressing nature of US politics and I’ve not been commenting much.
            I do appreciate your posts, even if I don’t comment.

          • Hank_M

            Congrats on the granddaughter and prayers for your youngest.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            Thanks, on both counts.

      • jim_m

        He gives islam a pass by saying, “all religions, seek peace. It’s others who want war. Understand?”

        Yeah, I understand, it sounds like he is making the same mistake 0bama is by claiming that the radical islamists are not driven by religion. That would be a very non-factual viewpoint.

        Also, his statement comes off as very anti-developed world / anti-western world, “I speak of a war of interests, over money, nature’s resources and the domination of peoples.” This sounds very much like the typical leftist screed against capitalist markets and how socialism will protect the poor and disadvantaged.

        In all, I was disappointed with his statement as it seem to minimize the atrocities committed by the islamists. Perhaps there were other comments not included in the link you provided, but it seems that like many on the left he is unwilling to call out radical islam for the cancer that it is on humanity.

        Once again, if you cannot name the enemy, you cannot fight them. That is a problem.

        • The guy you criticize… is a follower of The Guy… who would speak, has spoken, as he does…

          • jim_m

            Yeah, I haven’t heard Christ speak about radical islam. If you could point me to the relevant scripture…

            Also, you will note that I did not criticize Francis. I critiqued his words. I also gave him the benefit of the doubt as it was readily apparent that all his remarks were not available in the link.

            Stop being a jerk. I’m not trying to be one.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            And you’re doing a wonderful job.
            I will admit that Rick’s use of pronouns confused me a bit. I assume that with his use of capitalization that “the guy” is the Pope and that “The Guy” is God/Jesus. Thus, somehow God/Jesus has spoken like the Pope and said “all religions seek peace.”
            I. too, would like a scriptural quote for that statement.

          • jim_m

            Not to put too fine a point on it but on Sept 4, 2015 Rick claimed that insulting the Pope was to insult Christ, to His face. So Rick is a little fuzzy on the whole pronoun usage thing himself.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    Totally off topic – I came across this article and realized it summarizes one of the main reasons I am so depressed about today’s politics in general, and America’s future in particular. I learned more about slavery in Sunday School when I was about five years old than those graduating from some of the finest US colleges today:

    “I started giving quizzes to my juniors and seniors. I gave them a ten-question American history test… just to see where they are. The vast majority of my students – I’m talking nine out of ten, in every single class, for seven consecutive years – they have no idea that slavery existed anywhere in the world before the United States. Moses, Pharaoh, they know none of it. They’re 100% convinced that slavery is a uniquely American invention… How do you give an adequate view of history and culture to kids when that’s what they think of their own country – that America invented slavery? That’s all they know.”

    One of the earliest Sunday School songs I can remember singing is: “How did Moses cross the Red Sea?” Of course, we knew the back story re: Jews being held in slavery in Egypt. Unbelievable.

    • Hank_M

      I read that yesterday and could not believe it.
      Our schools are undermining our very fabric of society.
      They’re brainwashing our children.
      What I don’t get is why. Why do that to a society that has given them so much?

      • The left took over education over the course of the last 50 years.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        Why have are there Communists/Socialists in the US? I would say hubris, jealousy, ignorance, sloth – all part of the fabric of human nature.

    • jim_m

      That’s because the only Moses you are allowed to speak of in a US school is Moses Malone.

  • Its such a nice article..

    Dne News