Egypt: Islamists hit Christian churches
CAIRO (AP) — In the days since security forces assaulted two sit-in camps of supporters of Egypt's ousted president, Islamists have attacked dozens of Coptic churches along with homes and businesses owned by the Christian minority.
Christians, including Catholics and evangelicals, have long suffered from discrimination and violence in Muslim majority Egypt. Butt attacks increased after the Islamists rose to power in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. Christians have come further under greater fire since President Mohammed Morsi was ousted on July 3.
Nearly 40 churches have been looted and torched, while about two dozen others have been attacked and heavily damaged since the government's move against the protest sites.
Hudson Institute religious freedom scholar Nina Shea (shay) says the attacks on Christians are nothing more than a "scapegoating siege." Shea says anti-Christian sentiments which have long existed are being fanned online by the Muslim Brotherhood, and by other Islamist groups and jihadists. Shea says Egypt's military, with encouragement from the U.S., should make sure religious minorities are protected.
200-a-07-(Nina Shea, director, Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, in AP interview)-"christians, Coptic Christians"-Hudson Institute religious freedom scholar Nina Shea says religious minorities in Egypt are being unfairly targeted. (18 Aug 2013)
Created: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 04:14:49 EST
Updated: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 04:14:49 EST