Christians Live in Fear
By Micah Halpern
Friday February 22, 2013
I've Been Thinking:
Since the Muslim Brotherhood rose to power in Egypt, the Christians there have been living in a precarious and especially dangerous situation.
And we only know half the story, because most anti-Christian attacks in Egypt go unreported.
This week Al Balad news service covered threats made to Coptic Christian religious leaders. The Coptic Christians were told to convert to Islam or die. These threats were issued in the city of Safaga, near the Red Sea. They were made by a new group called Jihad al Kufr which means "the holy war against the heretics."
In Islam, the punishment for heretics is death.
In Fayoum this week the church was attacked - twice. Last week two boys, one nine years old and the other ten years old were arrested for desecrating the Koran. They were playing on a garbage heap and in the heap there happened to be some remains of a Koran.
On a subway in Cairo Muslim in hijabs and burkahs grabbed two Coptic Christians and forcibly cut their hair. That is the third time something an incident like this has been perpetrated.
The situation is not getting better for the Christians of Egypt. Of the 85 million people who live in Egypt, 9 million are Christians.
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