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  • Killing Copts for Ransom in Egypt

    09/04/2013 7:32:16 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 4, 2013 | Raymond Ibrahim
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Killing Copts for Ransom in EgyptPosted By Raymond Ibrahim On September 4, 2013 @ 12:23 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments Not only are the churches, monasteries, and institutions of Egypt’s Christians under attack by the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters—nearly 100 now have been torched, destroyed, ransacked, etc.—but Christians themselves are under attack all throughout Egypt, with practically zero coverage in Western media.Days ago, for example, Copts held a funeral for Wahid Jacob, a young Christian deacon who used to serve in St. John the Baptist Church, part of the Qusiya diocese...
  • Egyptian Christian Leader: 'Shame on Obama'

    08/31/2013 10:19:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    CBN News ^ | August 31, 2013
    An Egyptian Christian leader is calling out President Barack Obama and his administration for not doing enough in face of intense persecution against the Church by the Muslim Brotherhood. Following the recent barrage of church burnings, Father Rafic Greiche, the chief spokesman for the Catholic Church in Egypt, criticized President Obama for not speaking out against the worst violence against Egyptian Christians in nearly 700 years. "President Obama when he made a speech he just touched on the burning churches instead of telling the Muslim Brotherhood that they are terrorists and they are making terror on Egypt," Greiche said. "He...
  • Video from Egypt shows Muslim mob attacking Christian church, taking down cross

    08/31/2013 10:38:23 AM PDT · by Innovative · 8 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Aug 30, 2013 | FoxNews
    Newly-surfaced video from Egypt shows a Muslim mob storming a Coptic church, setting cars on fire and then toppling a cross atop the steeple, in a shocking attack that Christians say has been played out dozens of times since the ouster of Mohammad Morsi. The video, obtained by MidEast Christian News, was shot Aug. 14 from a nearby building overlooking the diocese in the southern Egyptian city of Sohag. Dozens of Coptic churches were attacked by members and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in the wake of the military’s move against Morsi, who critics say was turning Egypt into an...
  • Coptic Christians March on White House, Washington Post Egyptian Christians critical of media

    08/24/2013 7:54:42 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 22, 2013 | Adam Kredo
    A group of Egyptians protested in front of the White House Thursday afternoon to “expose” what they say is “the clear bias of the Obama administration and the American media in support of the Muslim Brotherhood and its terrorist ideology.”Hundreds of Egyptians, who travelled to Washington, D.C. from around the United States, gathered in front of the White House before marching to the offices of the Washington Post, news network CNN, and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim advocacy group that protestors called the Brotherhood’s “embassy.”Protest organizers called on “all Egyptians” living in the U.S. to join...
  • White House spokesman jokes about Islamic attacks on Christian churches in Egypt

    08/21/2013 3:27:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/21/13
    The White House’s deputy press secretary today downplayed Muslim attacks on Christians in Egypt, joking about the savagery that has left at least six Christians dead. Press secretary Josh Earnest was asked by Fox News’ correspondent, Ed Henry, if President Barack Obama has a “red line” beyond which he would act against Muslim attacks on Egyptian Christians. “Well, I didn’t bring my red pen out with me today,” Earnest joked. After making his joke, Earnest said the administration is “outraged… and concerned” about the Muslim attacks on almost 100 churches, monasteries, orphanages and other marked Christian sites. Many Christians’ shops...
  • Egypt Authorities Permitting Attacks on Christians Through Lack of Action Against Perpetrators

    08/10/2013 3:33:06 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 8-10-13 | MidEast Christian News
    Dr. Kamil Sedik, secretary of the Congregational Council in Alexandria, has condemned repeated attacks by Islamist groups against Coptic Christians in Egypt, saying that authorities are permitting the violence by not providing adequate security for vulnerable Copts."Copts are subjected to violence by criminals, who were released from prison by deposed President Morsi, because of their [Copts] ideological affiliation," Sedik told Mideast Christian News. Moreover, Sedik accused government officials of failing to cope with criminal attacks against Copts. "The government does not provide security for Copts, but it tolerates prisoners who are under investigation," he said in reference to the meeting...
  • Christian Tragedy in the Muslim World

    07/25/2013 1:38:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Hoover Institution ^ | July 25, 2013 | Bruce S. Thornton
    We are living through one of the largest persecutions of a religious group in history. Few people realize that we are today living through the largest persecution of Christians in history, worse even than the famous attacks under ancient Roman emperors like Diocletian and Nero. Estimates of the numbers of Christians under assault range from 100-200 million. According to one estimate, a Christian is martyred every five minutes. And most of this persecution is taking place at the hands of Muslims. ... In Crucified Again, Ibrahim performs two invaluable functions for educating people about the new “Great Persecution,” to use...
  • Morsi supporters open fire at Church-Egypt’s Catholic Church praises military for pushing out Morsi

    07/10/2013 5:47:19 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Jihadwatch ^ | 7-10-13
    Egypt: Morsi supporters open fire at Port Said church Morsi supporters have been attacking Christians, blaming them for the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood government. "Masked gunmen open fire at Port Said church," from MENA, July 9: Masked gunmen opened fire at Mar Mina Church in Port Said's al-Manakh early Tuesday and managed to get away, according to state-run news agency MENA. No casualties were reported. Army and police squads arrived at the scene of the attack and efforts are being undertaken to identify the perpetrators. This is the third such attack in 24 hours. Yesterday, unknown attackers assaulted Port...
  • Obama to Egyptian Christians: Don’t Protest the Brotherhood

    06/25/2013 4:47:56 AM PDT · by SJackson · 35 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 25, 2013 | Raymond Ibrahim
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Obama to Egyptian Christians: Don’t Protest the BrotherhoodPosted By Raymond Ibrahim On June 25, 2013 @ 12:42 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments As Egyptians of all factions prepare to demonstrate in mass against the Muslim Brotherhood and President Morsi’s rule on June 30, the latter has been trying to reduce their numbers, which some predict will be in the millions and eclipse the Tahrir protests that earlier ousted Mubarak.  Among other influential Egyptians, Morsi recently called on Coptic Christian Pope Tawadros II to urge his flock, Egypt’s millions of Christians, not to join the June 30 protests.While that may...
  • Massachusetts Town Becomes Refuge for Fleeing Egyptian Christians

    04/29/2013 4:43:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    JNS.org ^ | 4/29/13
    (JNS.org) A small Massachusetts town has become a growing refuge for Egyptian Christians fleeing persecution in their homeland. Milford, located approximately 40 miles from Boston, has been drawing increasing numbers of Christians from Egypt, bolstering an existing community of Egyptians who settled in the area in the 1980s and founded St. Mark’s Church in nearby Natick, Mass. “Milford is one of the most famous cities that has a lot of Egyptians,” Maged Saad told the Boston Globe. “It is just by luck. We have no experience in USA, but we just asked one friend. He is here also.” As a...
  • EGYPT IS CRUCIFYING CHRISTIANS

    09/28/2012 9:36:55 PM PDT · by RichSr · 27 replies
    NYTIMES; NTEB | 09/29/2012 | NYTIMES; NTEB;
    I will call my Congressman and both my senators and every forum I can find to tell them to stop any and all aid to the Middle East because Egypt is CRUCIFYING Christians; they strip them then nail them to trees then crucify them as they did the Christ! I am not ashamed to say I am a Christian. Obama has no time to meet with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - BUT - he has $450,000,000.00 to give to the Muslim Brotherhood?? The aid is part of the $1 billion in assistance that the Obama administration has pledged to...
  • Director of Anti-Muslim Film that Sparked Attacks on U.S. Facilities is an Arab

    09/17/2012 1:33:33 PM PDT · by pabianice · 16 replies
    He's not a Jew. At least, that's the latest on the man behind the anti-Islam film, "Innocence of Muslims," that has fueled attacks on U.S. diplomatic installations in Libya, Egypt and Yemen, leaving the U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, dead. The filmmaker appears to be an Egyptian Christian rather than an Israeli Jew, as he had claimed in interviews. The Associated Press tracked down an Egyptian Coptic Christian living in Southern California who admitted to involvement with the film's logistics, and whose middle name and a known alias closely resemble the apparently fake name - Sam Bacile -...
  • Egypt: Muslims kidnap and enslave thousands of Christian girls

    07/28/2012 8:48:52 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 16 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Saturday, July 28, 2012 | Robert Spencer
    Jihad Watch Egypt: Muslims kidnap and enslave thousands of Christian girls "Forbidden to you are your mothers and daughters, your sisters, your aunts paternal and maternal, your brother's daughters, your sister's daughters, your mothers who have given suck to you, your suckling sisters, your wives' mothers, your stepdaughters who are in your care being born of your wives you have been in to -- but if you have not yet been in to them it is no fault in you - and the spouses of your sons who are of your loins, and that you should take to you...
  • Arab Winter

    11/25/2011 11:49:33 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    MichaelYoussef.com ^ | 11-23-11 | Dr. Michael Youssef
    After making numerous phone calls and speaking to many Christian leaders in Egypt this week, I have learned that what is really happening on the ground is far removed from the television reporters’ happy endorsement of democracy seekers. To describe what is really going on around the country as “barbaric” would be an understatement. While some of the protestors may be true democracy lovers, the widespread terrorism on display defies all human decency. The truth about recent events in Egypt reveals that the country has disintegrated into a total anarchy and barbarianism that would make the Vikings blush. Peaceful Christians...
  • Christian Student Murdered By Muslim Classmates for Wearing a Cross: "The teacher nearly choked my

    10/31/2011 9:39:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 10/30/11 | Pamela Geller
    The world stands silent. The individual must rise up and defeat this evil. It's just that simple. More from the new Egypt that big media adores and boot licks. Coptic Christian Student Murdered By Classmates for Wearing a Cross AINA In mid-October Egyptian media published news of an altercation between Muslim and Christian students over a classroom seat at a school in Mallawi, Minya province. The altercation lead to the murder of a Christian student. The media portrayed the incident as non-sectarian. However, Copts Without Borders, a Coptic news website, refuted this version and was first to report that the...
  • No Way Out: A campaign by Christian Solidarity Worldwide-Speak up for Egypt’s Coptic community

    10/15/2011 7:26:25 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 9 replies
    No Way Out: A campaign by Christian Solidarity Worldwide Egyptian Christians need your support now more than ever. After living with the threat of discrimination, harassment or violence for decades, they are highly vulnerable. This long-planned campaign has the chance to bring hope and change to Egypt's Christians as the vital reform process begins. Speak up for Egypt’s Coptic community As peaceful protests turned violent in Cairo this week, we need your help to speak up for Egyptian Christians in the face of increasing sectarian attacks. Peaceful demonstrations led to bloodshed on Sunday as a crowd of thousands of Coptic...
  • Hundreds of Egyptian Coptic Christians protest in Cairo

    10/05/2011 8:42:41 PM PDT · by Righting · 6 replies
    XINHUA ^ | Oct. 4, 2011
    Egyptian Coptic Christians hold a protest in front of the state TV building in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 4, 2011. Hundreds of Egyptian Christian Copts staged a sit-in on the road in front of the state TV building in downtown Cairo on Tuesday evening, demanding Aswan provincial governor Moustafa el-Sayed step down and a church be rebuilt at Marinap village in Aswan province. (Xinhua/Qin Haishi) CAIRO, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of Egyptian Christian Copts staged a sit-in on the road in front of the state TV building in downtown Cairo on Tuesday evening, demanding Aswan provincial governor Moustafa el-Sayed...
  • Christians worry Egypt being hijacked by Islamists

    05/27/2011 9:13:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 27, 2011 | Sami Aboudi
    Those who camped out in Tahrir Square side by side with Muslims to call for national renewal now fear their struggle is being hijacked by ultra-conservative Salafist Islamists with no one to stop them. "We did not risk our lives to bring Mubarak down in order to have him replaced by Salafists,"... Sectarian tensions are not new to Egypt, where Christians make up around 10 percent of the population of 80 million. But the frequency and intensity of clashes have increased since Mubarak's overthrow. ... Christians say no one has been tried yet for the burning of a church in...
  • Nearly 4000 Muslims Attack Christian Homes in Egypt, Torch Church

    03/05/2011 3:05:23 PM PST · by Qbert · 100 replies
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 3/5/2011 | Mary Abdelmassih
    (AINA) -- A mob of nearly four thousand Muslims has attacked Coptic homes this evening in the village of Soul, Atfif in Helwan Governorate, 30 kilometers from Cairo, and torched the Church of St. Mina and St. George. There are conflicting reports about the whereabouts of the Church pastor Father Yosha and three deacons who were at church; some say they died in the fire and some say they are being held captive by the Muslims inside the church. Witnesses report the mob prevented the fire brigade from entering the village. The army, which has been stationed for the last...
  • Policeman Shoots 4 Christians in Egypt

    01/13/2011 8:56:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Less than two weeks after a church bombing in Alexandria left 21 Coptic Christians dead, an off-duty policeman shot four Christians on a train, killing a 71-year-old man. A fifth person was also wounded. “This lunatic went up and down the coach looking for Christians,” said Coptic Orthodox Bishop Morcos of Shobra El-Kheima, who had spoken with witnesses to the shooting. “Seeing a group of girls and women who were not wearing the [Islamic’ veil, he took them for Christians and fired, shouting Allahu Akbar [Allah is great].” The new attack on Christians came just after the Egyptian government announced...
  • Religious freedom does not exist in Egypt, says Coptic lawyer

    01/13/2010 5:26:40 AM PST · by markomalley · 1 replies · 168+ views
    CNA ^ | 1/13/2010
    In the wake of the Christmas Eve shootings of Egyptian Coptic Christians by a group of Muslims, Coptic attorney Caroline Doss has planned a rally at the United Nations in protest, telling CNA that religious freedom “does not exist” in Egypt. “Technically speaking, the Constitution does allow freedom of religion but practically speaking it does not exist,” she said Tuesday. “There is a huge difference between the way the laws are applied to Christians and Muslims in Egypt.” Doss is organizing a rally in New York City on Jan. 19 to send a “clear message” to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak...
  • Gunmen kill 6 at Egypt church after Christmas Mass

    01/06/2010 5:15:28 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies · 594+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 6, 2010 | SARAH El DEEB
    CAIRO (AP) - Egyptian security and hospital officials say gunmen have killed at least six people in a drive-by shooting outside a church in southern Egypt as worshippers left a midnight Mass for Coptic Christmas. The attack took place early Thursday in the town of Nag Hamadi in Qena province, about 40 miles from the famous ancient ruins of Luxor. A local security official says two gunmen drove by a group as they were walking out of the Virgin Mary church and sprayed gunfire randomly into the crowd.
  • Death for being a Christian

    11/22/2009 9:14:04 AM PST · by Abakumov · 23 replies · 825+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 23, 2009 | Editorial
    A 15-year-old Egyptian girl, Dina el-Gohary, has written an emotional appeal to President Obama asking him to use his influence to save her father, Maher el-Gohary, who is being persecuted for his beliefs. "Mr. President Obama, we are a minority in Egypt," Dina writes, according to a report from the Assyrian International News Agency. "We are treated very badly. ... We are imprisoned in our own home because Muslim clerics called for the murder of my father, and now the Government has set for us a new prison, we are imprisoned in our own country." Dina and her father are...
  • Egyptian Christians Fear More Muslim Violence

    11/01/2009 9:27:56 AM PST · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 398+ views
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | November 01 2009 | Mary Abdelmassih
    Egypt (AINA) -- Egyptian security forces have intensified their presence in the Upper Egyptian town of Dairout, in anticipation of a recurrence of Muslim violence against Christians. Copts expressed their fear over leaflets entitled "These have to Die!" which are being distributed to all Muslims in Dairout and neighborhoods, enticing them to "burn, vandalize and clean the country of these evil immoral infidels." Reports from Dairout, 313 km south of Cairo, confirm that Christian Copts are afraid to leave their homes and have stayed indoors since violence against them erupted on October 24, 2009. This collective punishment of Copts was...
  • Somalian Muslims Hunt Converts to Christianity

    10/01/2009 12:07:44 PM PDT · by Islaminaction · 12 replies · 1,059+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | October 1St 2009 | Christopher Logan
    Just minutes ago I posted an article about the persecution of Christians in Egypt. We now see just how "tolerant" Islam is in Somalia. This is a worldwide problem that has come to our shores as well. Will we sit silently and let them takeover or we will defend our freedoms and fight Islam? It is time for non-Muslims to rise up and take a stand against Islam.
  • Muslim Kills Egyptian Christian, Villagers Attack Mourners At Funeral

    09/30/2009 9:33:44 PM PDT · by americanophile · 7 replies · 914+ views
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | September 30, 2009 | Mary Abdelmassih
    Egypt (AINA) -- Nayer Mansour Sahrab, a Muslim minibus driver, stabbed four Christian Copts on Sunday, September 27, in the village of Delga, Deir Mawas, Al Minya Governorate, killing one and seriously injuring the other three. The incident led thousands of angry Copts to rally and demand an end to the government's policy of indifference in dealing with Coptic issues. State Security forces have cordoned the village and are still heavily present near the church. When a Coptic family desired to board a minibus other than the one owned by Mr. Sahrab (28) an argument ensued. Mr. Sahrab was apparently...
  • Out of Egypt:a christian analysis of Obama's Cairo speech pt 1

    08/10/2009 12:52:35 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 1 replies · 331+ views
    believersingrace.com ^ | 06/10/09 | Bill Randles
    OUT OF EGYPT: A Christian Analysis of ObamaÂ’s Cairo Speech Part 1 - Undermining the Legitimacy of Israel? President Obama recently did something historic and unprecedented. He gave an address to the entire Muslim world, and that from a Muslim capitol, Cairo. This was an ambitious undertaking, for the Muslim world comprises no less than one billion people, and it is far from monolithic in its perspective. It is not my intent to give a complete political or historical analysis of the speech, for there are many who have done so, representing points of view from the entire cultural spectrum....
  • Muslims Set Church Ablaze But Egyptian Security Implicates a Christian Copts

    07/14/2009 3:53:52 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 338+ views
    United Copts ^ | July 13 2009 | Mary Abdelmassih/AINA
    In a continuation of the ongoing wave of arson attacks on Coptic places of worship, the Church of St. Abaskharion Kellini, in the village of Ezbet Bassilious, Beni Mazar, was burnt down at noon on July 11 by Muslim village inhabitants. No one was injured. A source in Bani Mazar Diocese told Free Copts advocacy the fire was instigated and directed as usual by State Security, aiming "to prevent prayers in new churches throughout both the Upper Egyptian provinces of Minya and of Beni Suef." Reverend Abraham Phillobos, pastor of the torched Church told Coptic News Bulletin that the Security...
  • Egypt's Newest Jihad--Alexandrian Muslims riot, unpunished, against the Coptic Christian minority

    04/08/2009 5:37:06 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies · 528+ views
    The Middle East has a long history of Muslims persecuting Christians. Nowadays, most of these incidents go unnoticed and uncovered by mainstream press. In many cases, they are not even covered in the Christian press. This past weekend in the port city of Alexandria, Egypt there was a massive riot against the Christians. News spread quickly through the city that Christians had stabbed a Muslim. In response, the Muslim community gathered near a mosque and from there went on a riotous rampage throughout the city breaking the windows of Christian shops and destroying Christian property. The Egyptian police arrested only...
  • Muslims attack Christian-owned shops in Alexandria

    04/07/2009 12:12:51 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 16 replies · 847+ views
    ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, April 5 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Muslims pelted Christian-owned shops and a police station with stones in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria on Sunday after a Muslim man was killed, an eyewitness said. A security source said the violence started after word of mouth reports a Muslim man, identified as Ahmed Abdel Razeq Gomaa, had been stabbed to death in the street by his Christian landlords. Crowds of Muslims assembled near a mosque for funeral prayers for Gomaa chanting "They'll die, they'll die," in reference to the three Christian landlords, brothers Ayman, Atef and Farag Tagy, the...
  • Christian-Muslim strains flare at Cairo church

    12/06/2008 10:36:38 PM PST · by george76 · 19 replies · 891+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 03, 2008
    A crowd of angry Muslims quickly gathered, threw stones at the building and burned banners that said, ‘‘No to the church.’’ They tried to storm the gates, clashed with police and chanted, ‘‘The church has fallen, the priest is dead,’’ according to witnesses. Tempers are flaring as Islamic conservatism gains ground and Christians grow increasingly resentful about discrimination by the Muslim majority. The Ain Shams incident highlights that even in Cairo — seen as more cosmopolitan in its sectarian relations than the rural south — suspicions run between the communities. Muslim and Christian neighbors also are competing over who can...
  • 20,000 Muslims Attack a Church in Cairo (Coptic pope bars prayers in Cairo hall after clashes)

    11/26/2008 6:27:02 AM PST · by NYer · 37 replies · 1,436+ views
    Assyrian News Agency ^ | November 26, 2008
    Pope Shenuda III, Head of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, seen here in January 2008. Shenuda III One thousand Christians were today trapped inside the Coptic Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary in West Ain Shams,Cairo, after more than twenty thousand Muslims attacked them with stones and butane gas cylinders. The Church's priest Father Antonious said that the situation is extremely dangerous.The Muslim mob that attacked the church blocked both sides of the street and encircled the church building, broke its doors and demolished its entire first floor. The mob were chanting Jihad verses as well as slogans saying...
  • A Church under siege (Muslims put $60-million bounty on Coptic priest)

    10/29/2008 5:58:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies · 726+ views
    National Post ^ | October 23, 2008 | Michael Coren
    Last week I was supposed to interview Father Zakaria Boutros on my television show. It would have been the second time I had spoken to this gentle, thoughtful man, a leading figure of the Egyptian Coptic Christian community and now obliged to live in exile in the US after twice being arrested in his homeland. But on this occasion the interview was suddenly cancelled. A $60-million bounty was just put on his head by Muslim extremists in Iran and Saudi Arabia, al-Qaeda were thought to be intent on fulfilling the fatwa and it was considered too dangerous to allow him...
  • Egyptian Christians attacked by Muslims

    06/01/2008 9:10:03 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 174+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | June 01 2008
    Several hundred Coptic Christians have held a demonstration against the government's alleged failure to crack down on Muslim violence. The Christians in the town of Mallawi, around 300 kilometres south of Cairo, say police and local authorities did nothing when their church was attacked by dozens of armed men on Saturday. Five people were killed and one injured in the ensuing gun battle. Three monks, who were kidnapped but released on Sunday, were seriously abused and have been admitted to hospital. The Mallawi Christians say they were repeatedly attacked in the past few years, but the authorities never took any...
  • Christian Coptic church arose from Oriental Orthodox split in 451

    02/29/2008 9:46:59 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 15 replies · 201+ views
    NewsOK.com ^ | February 23, 2008 | Andrew Tevington
    Q:I saw a magazine article that mentioned discrimination against Coptic Christians in Egypt. Are Coptic Christians a separate church or is that just a name for Christians in Egypt. Do they belong to different Christian churches? — Lakesha, Oklahoma City A:The Christian Coptic Orthodox Church is a separate church that is part of the little-known group of Christians called the Oriental Orthodox. Oriental Orthodox churches are not the same as the more familiar Eastern Orthodox group, which includes the Greek and Russian Orthodox churches. Most Americans are aware of the split in Christianity caused by the Reformation led by Martin...
  • Egypt to recognise Copt converts

    02/09/2008 3:48:20 PM PST · by fishhound · 10 replies · 135+ views
    BBC ^ | 9 February 2008 | Bob Trevelyan
    An Egyptian court has ruled that 12 Christians who converted to Islam and then reverted to Christianity can have their faith officially recognised. The decision overturns a lower court ruling by a lower court, which said the state need not recognise conversions from Islam because of a religious ban. This is a case that has tested Egypt's tolerance of conversions from Islam. A lawyer for the 12 Coptic Christians described the case as a victory for human rights and freedom of religion. He says it could open the door for hundreds of other Copts who want to revert to their...
  • The Garbage Village(Largest Christian church in Middle East constructed in Cairo garbage dump)

    02/05/2008 9:30:25 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 23 replies · 2,429+ views
    Intentional Disciples ^ | February 5, 2008 | Sherry W
    I have heard tales of an amazing work taking place among the garbage workers of Cairo since I was an undergrad. So it was very encouraging to read this article from the February Lausanne World Pulse: Transforming Lives in Cairo's Garbage Villages. Villagers collect garbage from city apartments and recycle it. They are the most despised group of people in Egyptian society. They are not paid by the government; however, they receive small tips from the people whose garbage they collect. The rest of their income comes from recycling garbage. It is one of the most ecologically efficient operations in...
  • Former Muslim sues Egypt for right to become Christian

    10/11/2007 2:28:52 PM PDT · by camerakid400 · 25 replies · 509+ views
    Journal Chretian ^ | October 11, 2007 | Peter Lamprecht
    Former Muslim sues Egypt for right to become Christian. by Peter Lamprecht Conservative Islamic lawyers came out in support of the Egyptian government last week at the opening court hearing of a Muslim convert to Christianity. In a move that has caused national uproar, former Muslim Mohammed Ahmed Hegazy is suing Egypt to change the religion listed on his identification papers to Christianity. Islamist lawyers associated with radical cleric Youssef al-Badry attended the October 2 hearing in Cairo and legally joined the case on the government’s side, Hegazy told Compass. Hegazy’s lawyers confirmed that Magdy al-Anany and at least three...
  • Catholic Head Says Unclear Legal Situation Threatens Christianity(Egypt)

    10/08/2007 6:31:25 AM PDT · by kellynla · 5 replies · 322+ views
    allafrica.com ^ | 5 October 2007 | staff
    The legal situation in Egypt is contradictory and makes life difficult for the Church, according to His Beatitude Antonios Naguib, the Patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church. On the one hand the Constitution guarantees freedom of religion and conscience, yet on the other hand it enshrines the principle that Islam is a state religion in Egypt and that Islamic Law is the fundamental source of the legal system, Patriarch Naguib said. Speaking recently to the German-based international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the Patriarch explained that in concrete legal situations intellectual Muslims appeal to the...
  • The sixth girl ( underage Coptic girl to disappear during this month alone...) ( ROP ? )

    09/17/2007 8:01:24 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies · 121+ views
    Watani ^ | 16 sept 2007 | Nader Shukry
    The Holy Virgin’s church at the mid-Delta town of Mehalla was the scene of Coptic demonstrations this week in the aftermath of the disappearance of 18-year-old Amal Zaki Nessim. Amal went to work as usual last Sunday but never came back. Her colleagues at the Mehalla Spinning and Weaving Company said she left work early that day with a friend who is a fully-veiled Muslim woman named Samah. Amal’s family reported her missing and Samah was questioned by the police but claimed she knew nothing about Amal’s disappearance. The Copts demonstrated in wrath, demanding that the police find Amal and...
  • Threats force Egyptian convert to hide

    08/12/2007 2:22:43 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 250+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | August 11 2007 | MAGGIE MICHAEL/AP
    CAIRO, Egypt - An Egyptian Muslim who converted to Christianity and then took the unprecedented step of seeking official recognition for the change said he has gone into hiding following death threats. Mohammed Hegazy, who sparked controversy when pictures of him posing with a poster of the Virgin Mary were published in newspapers, was shunned by his family and threatened by an Islamist cleric vowing to seek his execution as an apostate. "I know there are fatwas (religious edicts) to shed my blood, but I will not give up and I will not leave the country," the 25-year-old Hegazy told...
  • A Muslim converts to Christianity foments sectarian antagonism ( facing death threats )

    08/12/2007 9:55:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies · 758+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | August 11, 2007
    An Egyptian Muslim who converted to Christianity has gone into hiding, facing death threats after he launched an attempt to get official recognition of his change of religion, an unprecedented step in this conservative Islamic nation. An Islamist cleric has vowed to seek Mohammed Hegazy's execution as an apostate, his family has shunned him, and Hegazy raised a storm of controversy when pictures of him posing for journalists with a poster of the Virgin Mary were published in the newspapers. Hegazy said he received death threats ... he lives with his wife, who is also a convert from Islam and...
  • Egypt's torture of Copts prompts warning, Rights group asks judge to make ban on deportation

    07/31/2007 11:02:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 330+ views
    WND ^ | 08.01.07
    A human rights organization given special consultative status by the United Nations wants a U.S. judge to make an order halting a Christian man's deportation to Egypt permanent – because of the likelihood he would be tortured. The request comes in the form of a court pleading from the Washington-based American Center for Law and Justice, whose European affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice in Strasbourg, France, has been given "special consultative status" from the United Nations. The groups are asking a federal court in Pennsylvania to protect the human rights of Coptic Christian Sameh Khouzam, 38,...
  • 'We are Christian,' boys tell Muslims

    07/31/2007 5:26:08 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 19 replies · 1,262+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | July 31, 2007
    Two young boys ordered to take a school test that would result in their conversion to Islam wrote, "I am Christian," on the exam papers, knowing in advance that could very well spell the end of their educations. Now a U.S.-based organization is lobbying for international pressure on Egypt to quit forcing Christians into such no-win situations.
  • Egypt Police Hands Over Christian Convert To "Fanatical Muslim" Family (For Beating)

    07/24/2007 9:20:33 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies · 769+ views
    BosNewsLife News Centert ^ | Monday, 23 July 2007 | BosNewsLife News Center
    Egypt Police Hands Over Christian Convert To "Fanatical Muslim" Family Monday, 23 July 2007 By BosNewsLife News Center CAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife)-- Egyptian police in the city of Alexandria who last week arrested a Christian convert, handed the woman over Monday, July 23, to her fanatical Islamist family, who beat her before driving her away, a well-informed Christian news agency reported. Compass Direct News quoted eyewitnesses as saying that family members of Shaymaa (Eman) Muhammad al-Sayed, 26, "dragged her screaming from the Bab-Sharky police station where she had been" held in custody. After "severely beating her" in the Shatby Cemetery behind...
  • Egypt Arrests 59 Muslims After Clash with Copts

    05/12/2007 6:13:17 AM PDT · by Valin · 35 replies · 1,002+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/12/07
    CAIRO (Reuters) -Egyptian security forces arrested 59 Muslims on Saturday accused of setting fire to Christian homes and shops in clashes over church construction that underlined lingering sectarian tensions, security sources said. They said prosecutors ordered the arrests after taking the testimony of 10 Coptic Christians who were hurt in the clashes on Friday in the village of Behma, about 60 km (40 miles) south of Cairo, in which hundreds of people from both faiths fought with sticks and hurled bricks and firebombs at one another. The 59 Muslims were charged with arson and with spreading sectarian strife. Security sources...
  • The Dangers of Being Christian: Religious Freedom in the Islamic World

    05/03/2006 6:39:12 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 5 replies · 797+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | 5/3/2006 | Charles Colson
    This past Good Friday, a man entered Mar Girgis Church in Alexandria, Egypt, and stabbed one worshipper to death and wounded two others. He then went to another church and stabbed three other Christians. The events in Alexandria were a reminder of the, at best, tenuous status of Christians in the Islamic world. The Egyptian government immediately dismissed the possibility that animus toward Christians played a role in the attacks. Egypt’s Interior Ministry said that the attacker suffered from “psychological disturbances.” How convenient. Egyptian Christians, known as Copts, did not buy it, and for good reason: Police officials had a...
  • Riots erupt with Molotov cocktails, live ammunition and tear gas in Alexandria (Copts vs. TROP)

    04/16/2006 11:09:17 AM PDT · by HEMICRASHBOX · 4 replies · 372+ views
    The Canadian Press ^ | 4/16/2006 | OMAR SINAN
    ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (AP) - Police fired live ammunition into the air and lobbed tear gas into rioting crowds of Christians and Muslims Sunday in a third day of sectarian violence in Egypt's second-largest city. One Muslim reportedly died of wounds suffered a day earlier and dozens more were wounded and arrested. Police fought back against Coptic Christians who were encircled by a security cordon around the Saints Church in downtown Alexandria after the mob began hurling stones and bottles from inside the police line and fellow demonstrators tossed Molotov cocktails from the balconies of nearby buildings. Police could be seen...
  • How the Brotherhood won

    01/02/2006 7:02:29 PM PST · by Tyche · 10 replies · 780+ views
    Al-Ahram ^ | 01/02/2006 | Nabil Abdel-Fattah
    That the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) won 88 seats -- nearly a quarter of the total in parliament -- in the recent elections came as a shock to many, and a surprise to some, even those closely following Islamist movements. The most palpable reaction came from Coptic commentators; some even predicting that if the MB came to power, Copts would emigrate and the stock exchange suffer as a consequence.
  • The Mid-East's beleaguered Christians

    12/21/2005 5:00:31 PM PST · by Coleus · 6 replies · 467+ views
    BBC ^ | 12.15.05 | Roger Hardy
    In the Egyptian city of Alexandria, a crowd of Muslim demonstrators tries to storm a Coptic church to protest at a play about a Muslim campaign to convert Christians. In Iraq, the Christian middle class is emigrating in droves, fearful of the daily violence and the hostility it now encounters from Islamists.  In Saudi Arabia, churches and other places of non-Muslim worship are banned, and foreign workers who try to hold secret Christian services are jailed, flogged and often deported. In the land of its birth, Christianity is in sad decline as the pressures of life under Israeli occupation and...