Sunday, March 5, 2017

Coptic Christians Flee Persecution by Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

by Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt: "After Islamic militants barged into his uncle's house, shot him and his son dead, then looted the place and set it on fire, Said Sameh Adel Fawzy knew it was time to leave," reports AP.

"They're thirsty for the blood of any Christian," said Wafaa Fawzy, the sister-in-law of Saad Hana, the man who was killed along with his son. "They were pretty clear when they said they won't leave any Christian in peace. They want an Islamic state."

"The killings, two of seven brutal slayings in recent weeks, come after a devastating ISIS suicide bombing at a Cairo church in December that killed nearly 30 people. The violence poses a fresh challenge to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's government to put down an ISIS-led insurgency in northern Sinai and prevent spillover that at times has reached the mainland.

"Northern Sinai has for years been the epicenter of an insurgency by Islamic militants, and the area's few Christians have slowly been trickling out. But departures surged after suspected militants again gunned down a Christian man in front of his family two days after Fawzy's uncle and cousin were killed, stoking panic among Christians.

"No militant group claimed has responsibility for the attacks. But the IS affiliate, which is based in northern Sinai, released a video vowing to step up attacks against Christians, who it describes as 'infidels' empowering the West against Muslims.

"Coptic Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population, have always been a favorite target of Islamic extremists. But attacks on churches have increased since the 2013 military overthrow of an Islamist president. Christians overwhelmingly supported the army chief-turned-president, el-Sissi, who led the ouster, and extremists have used their support as a pretext to increase attacks against them."

[Dr. Chaps' comment: International Religious Freedom is under attack, perhaps worst in human history, with routine persecution of religious minorities by state-empowered terrorists bent on genocide of Christians throughout the Middle East. It's time to make a difference.]

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