Scholar: Attacks on Egyptian churches worst in centuries
WASHINGTON (AP) — Egyptian scholar Samuel Tadros says Islamists enraged by the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi have attacked more than 50 churches, destroying at least 20 and setting many of them on fire.
Tadros, a Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, says Wednesday appears to have been the worst single day of violence against Egypt's Coptic church since the 14th century.
He says the Muslim Brotherhood blames Christians for ousting Morsi so it can paint the military-backed government as anti-Islamic.
Tadros says the Coptic pope has gone into hiding, and many surviving churches have canceled Sunday services as Christians huddle in their homes, fearing for their lives.
284-a-07-(Samuel Tadros, an Egyptian scholar at the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, in AP interview)-"year 1350 maybe"-Samuel Tadros, an Egyptian scholar at the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, says more than 50 churches were attacked in Egypt on Wednesday. ((cut used in wrap)) (15 Aug 2013)
Created: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 04:14:54 EST
Updated: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 04:14:54 EST