Sunday, May 24, 2015

Despite support from their president, Egypt's Christians are attacked by their neighbors

Despite support from their president, Egypt's Christians are attacked by their neighbors
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http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/despite-support-from-their-president-egypts-christians-are-attacked-by-their-neighbors-60096/
Christians are attacked by their neighbors








St. Teresa parish in Assiut, Egypt, attacked by Muslim Brotherhood members in August, 2013. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need.
St. Teresa parish in Assiut, Egypt, attacked by Muslim Brotherhood members in August, 2013. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need.
 .- Egypt’s Christians continue to face worrisome persecution, despite the words and actions of its president to show goodwill to the community, an expert in religious freedom testified to the US Congress on Wednesday.

Egypt has historically has been more tolerant and  relaxed towards Christians than its Middle Eastern neighbors, said Samuel Tadros, an Egyptian native and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C.

Although Copts – Egypt's ethnic Christian group – have been bullied under previous regimes, the persecution there has recently become more personal, Tadros warned.

“What worries me is not just that a government does not allow a church to be built. What really worries me is the fact that normal people – not Islamists, not terrorists – just normal Muslim guys, would form a mob and attack their neighbors. Not people they don’t know: their very neighbors.”

Mob violence against neighbors is especially alarming in a country with a history of Christians and Muslims living together.


Read the full article here.
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/despite-support-from-their-president-egypts-christians-are-attacked-by-their-neighbors-60096/

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