Dark Day for Egypt’s Christians

Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority has become a favorite target for Muslim Brotherhood supporters and other radical Islamists across the country in the wake of the military’s decision to clear supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi from their Cairo sit-ins this morning.

No sooner did security forces, backed by armored cars and bulldozers, clear encampments in the city’s Nadha and Raba’a al Adiwiya squares did the Islamists turn to targeting Christian churches. Approximately 1,000 Muslim Brotherhood supportersset fire to the Churches of Abraham and the Virgin Mary in Menya.

Angry mobs also targeted churches, monasteries and other church properties in Alexandria, Suez and a number of other cities in Upper Egypt, according to Egypt’s Al-Ahram.

Muslim Brotherhood members also firebombed Mar Geergiss Church, the main Coptic church in the southern Egyptian city of Sohag, burning it to the ground. Islamists had previously raised an al-Qaida flag over the church. St. Theresa Church in Assiut in Upper Egypt was also burned.

“It is a climate of violence,” he added, “and the people are scared,” Father Rafic Greiche, a Catholic Church spokesman in Egypt, told Vatican Radio.

Sixteen Coptic churches had been torched by pro-Morsi mobs, including several ancient ones, the Egyptian blogger “Big Pharoah” wrote in a Twitter post.

Brotherhood supporters blame the Copts for toppling former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi because Coptic Pope Tawadros II backed the military’s July 3 move to oust him.

Coptic priests and laymen have been killed, churches have been burned or scrawled with anti-Christian graffiti by Islamic militants across Egypt in the past month.

“These guys have been blowing places up and killing people in Sinai. They’ve been attacking churches all over Egypt – putting al-Qaida flags and Morsi’s pictures on churches, so there is no question that the Brotherhood are the new terrorists,” Michael Meunier, president of Egypt’s Al-Haya Party and a Coptic Christian, said regarding the violent Islamist attacks against Christians since Morsi’s fall.

Just last week, a 10-year-old Coptic girl was shot dead by Islamic militants on her way home from Bible school. Muslim extremists tossed firebombs through the windows of four Christian homes and a local church last Sunday to stop a Christian neighbor from building a speed bump in front of her home. The clash left 15 people wounded.

But if you ask some Muslim Brotherhood leaders about Christian-Muslim relations, things have never been better.

Muslim Brotherhood politician Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, who served in Egypt’s dissolved parliament as a member of the Freedom and Justice Party, denied during a press conference last Friday held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., that the Muslim Brotherhood was anti-Christian.

Dardery was asked about the torture and violence that had been visited on the Copts by Brotherhood supporters during Morsi’s year in power, but Dardery deflected the question. Read more…

28 comments on “Dark Day for Egypt’s Christians

  1. […] No sooner did security forces, backed by armored cars and …read more […]

  2. Mike says:

    Thank you for stating the simple truth about Islamist fascism. It is one (very bad) thing, when reading of such events, to demand an eye for an eye in vengeful rage; it is another (even worse) thing to throw support behind those who deny that such events are happening.

    • Yes, the Copts are heroic witnesses to refusing to invoke the “lex talonis” in the face of such unmasked hatred. They’s long been a church of martyrs. I rec reading Mark Gruber’s ‘Journey Back to Eden’

  3. Dreams Mellici says:

    Why isn’t this type of information on the news? Why do I feel like I am living in the new USSR but I am physically in NYC?

  4. Thomas Lewis says:

    To sit by and watch this massacre take place is a human cry for God’s Justice. Please Lord don’t let this happen, inspired by you Goodness and Mercy, have mercy on these Coptic people. If it be your will that they are murdered by the Muslims of Egypt, may you show us your mighty power and stop this before they are all killed. Amen.

    • Gordis57 says:

      I am sad by all that is happening as well but I am going to keep praying for all of our Christian brothers and sister in the MIddle East and in Africa. I can’t help but think how much suffering is going on while many of us are so comfortable in our own homes. I will heed Pope Francis’s call to pray for our neighbor who suffers persecution and neglect. I will pray the rosary asking our Lady to keep her little ones close.
      Pope Francis has asked us all to pray,” Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!”

  5. Betty Chipma says:

    Been to Egypt twice in the past five yeares. This just proves to me how bad Morsi’s supporters are and their level of creating destuction and killings.

  6. greg c says:

    WW3 coming soon – Christians vs. Muslims – they’re asking for trouble they will soon be very sorry they started this one.

    • Vicky Hernandez says:

      Indeed. St. Bernadette Soubirous warned of the conflict between Muslims and Christians.
      May Egypt, the land where the Holy Family found shelter, be healed through the intersession of Our Lady of Zeitoun.

  7. Ayad says:

    I am a devout catholic and it saddens me to hear and see the persecution of our brothers and sisters in Christ all over the middle east, Africa, and some other parts of the world, every year about 100.000 Christian are killed, churches burned, and the western world just watching.
    This persecution of Christian will not stop at the middle east and Africa it will spread thou out to whole world, and I mean it is on its way to other nations and no country will be exempt.
    Get on you tube and check the pale rider of the apocalypse, then open your holy bible, the Apocalypse Ch. 6. V.8 .
    Then check Isaiah Ch. 19. V2.

  8. What we are witnessing in Egypt is the unmasked face of Islamist extremism, and what they would do to any Christian churches if they wielded absolute power. Just another reason to resist them.

  9. AbortionProphecy.wordpress.com says:

    All this blood is on the hands of ‘president’ Mohama. He overthrew Mubarak and Ghaddafi which started the fuse to WW3. I believe that he is working to establish a worldwide muslim caliphate.

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  11. Al Qaeda is the face of the anti-christ. Unless they sincerely repent, woe unto them when they will have to account for their abominations. Woe unto those who have the authority to speak out on such atrocities and say nothing. Woe unto those who call evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20).

  12. MFB says:

    The Elders of Islam have to stop this insane behavior instead of feeding more fuel into the fire. Them and only them can stop this fraticide carnage that is taking place all around the world, there, here an everywhere. God is a patient but to a limit.

  13. frances vincent says:

    pray,pray the Rosary for God’s intervention to stop this persecution.

  14. Grace T. says:

    The Muslim Brotherhood conveniently forget that Grand Mufti Ahmed al-Tayeb of al-Azhar University and other Muslim leaders ALSO went on TV along with the Coptic Pope.

    http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/2013/08/muslim-brotherhood-supporters-burning-coptic-christian-churches-in-egypt/

  15. We must all pray that God will stand between the human race and the devil. All Christians must turn back to God and be faithful to His commandments. God help us all.

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