Skip to comments.Islam or Death? Egypt's Christians Targeted by New Terror Group
Posted on 02/23/2013 10:52:56 AM PST by marshmallow
A group of Christian priests from a local Coptic church in Egypt were told to convert to Islam or face death, according to an Arabic news site.
The incident, which comes in the midst of continued persecution and pressure on Egypts Christian community, took place this week in the town of Safaga, near the Red Sea, the El Balad site reported.
According to El Balad, the threats are from a new group in Egypt, Jihad al-Kufr, whose name translates to Jihad against non-believers or non-Muslims. The group targets non-Muslims, and reportedly pressures them to convert to Islam.
Its not the first time. This is happening every day, said Adel Guindy, president of Coptic Solidarity and a member of Egypts Coptic community who travels between Paris and Cairo. This one incident caught the attention of the news agencies, but there are worse things happening to the Christians every day in Egypt, he said.
Christians have felt increasingly at risk since the fall of former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, which resulted in the rise of President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood movement.
It has definitely worsened under the revolution. Once the worst part of the society surfaced -- the Islamists -- the Copts are paying a heavy price. The West doesnt really feel our pain. Its a war of attrition, Guindy said.
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