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The Christian Exodus From Egypt
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/11/12 | Samuel Tadros

Posted on 10/16/2012 6:41:48 AM PDT by marshmallow

For Copts, a persecuting dictator was preferable to the Islamist mob.

Visit any Coptic church in the United States and you immediately recognize the newcomers. You see it in their eyes, hear it in their broken English, sense it in how they cling to the church in search of the familiar. They have come here escaping a place they used to call home, where their ancestors had lived for centuries.

Waves of Copts have come here from Egypt before, to escape Gamal Abdel Nasser's nationalizations or the growing Islamist tide. Their country's transformation wasn't sudden, but every year brought more public Islamization. As the veil spread, Coptic women felt increasingly different, alien and marked. Verbal abuse came from schoolteachers, bystanders in the bus station who noticed the cross on a wrist, or commentators on state television.

But life was generally bearable. Hosni Mubarak crushed the Islamist insurgency of the 1980s and '90s. He was no friend to the Copts, but neither was he foe. His police often turned a blind eye when Coptic homes and shops were attacked by mobs, and the courts never punished the perpetrators—but the president wasn't an Islamist. He even interfered sometimes to give permission to build a church, or to make Christmas a national holiday.

To be sure, Copts were excluded from high government positions. There were no Coptic governors, intelligence officers, deans of schools, or CEOs of government companies. Until 2005, Copts needed presidential approval to build a new church or even build a bathroom in an existing one. Even with approval, state security often blocked construction, citing security concerns.

Those concerns were often real. Mobs could mobilize against Copts with the slightest incitement—rumor of a romantic relationship between a Christian man and a Muslim woman, a church being built, reports of a Christian having.....

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1 posted on 10/16/2012 6:41:55 AM PDT by marshmallow
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I was having a conversation with a Coptic Christian the other night a convenience store. He largely confirmed everything in this article. He is trying to bring his pregnant wife here and is having a difficult time. He said things are so bad that they can’t even let their women out in public for fear of abuse or kidnappings.


2 posted on 10/16/2012 6:48:38 AM PDT by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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