September 27, 2013
A RELIGIOUS minority is being persecuted, driven from their homes, robbed, raped, murdered. From all the faux Islamophobia hysteria, you'd think it was Muslims. It's Christians, under a death sentence in parts of the Muslim world. Not in every Muslim country, but in too many. The world remains remarkably, willfully blind and mute as the faithful of the world's largest religion are blown apart by followers of the world's second-largest religion. Precise Christian persecution "figures are hard to come by," says Kiri Kankhwende, spokesman for Christian Solidarity Worldwide, in the United Kingdom.
June 18, 2013 |
LUXOR, Egypt - Angry tourism workers and activists in Luxor threatened Monday to block a newly appointed Islamist governor from his office because of his links to a former militant group that killed scores of people in a 1997 attack in the ancient city and devastated Egypt's sightseeing industry. Adel el-Khayat was named to the provincial governor's post Sunday by President Mohammed Morsi, causing the outrage. Khayat is a member of the Construction and Development party, the political arm of Gamaa Islamiya, which waged an armed insurgency against the state starting in 1992 and attacked police, Coptic Christians, and tourists.
September 14, 2012 |
NOW THAT the inflammatory film "Innocence of Muslims" has led to rioting and death, the story of the man behind the film is becoming more twisted and sickening. Federal authorities have identified Nakoula Basseley Nakoula , a southern California man once convicted of financial crimes, as the key figure behind the anti-Muslim film, a U.S. law-enforcement official said Thursday. Attorney General Eric Holder said that Justice Department officials had opened a criminal investigation into the deaths of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other diplomats killed during an attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.
July 22, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - In a summer camp playroom at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Fairfax, Va., several dozen teenagers shrieked and giggled as they scrambled for musical chairs. Then they gathered for a patriotic hymn in their native Arabic. Despite the upbeat camp spirit, the mood last month at St. Mark, a spiritual and political nerve center for the region's large Egyptian Christian community, was one of deepening gloom and rising panic in the wake of elections in Egypt that propelled a member of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Morsi, to the presidency.
May 23, 2012
CAIRO - As Egyptians prepare to vote Wednesday and Thursday, Coptic Christians are especially nervous. The Coptic Church dates back 19 centuries and is based on the teachings of St. Mark, who brought Christianity to Egypt in the first century. Copts are about 10 percent of the Egyptian population, but the rise of Islamist parties since the revolution has created great insecurity. "At the beginning, there were a lot of hopes [in the revolution]," I was told by Samia Sidhom, managing editor of Watani, a newspaper started by her father and now edited by her brother.
March 19, 2012 |
CAIRO - Tens of thousands of Coptic Christians lined up outside a cathedral in the Egyptian capital Sunday to pay their final respects to the spiritual leader of their ancient church, whose body was seated inside on an ornate throne. The grief of the faithful filing past Pope Shenouda, who died Saturday at 88, may also reflect the uncertainty felt by the country's Christian minority after the recent rise of Islamists to power. In his death, Egypt's 10 million Christians have lost a seasoned protector at a bad time.
October 13, 2011 |
CAIRO - Egypt's military rulers blamed Christian protesters and "enemies of the revolution" on Wednesday for triggering the clashes that left 26 dead, almost all of them Christians. The accusation was sure to enflame the fury within and beyond the Christian community over the worst violence since Hosni Mubarak's ouster. At a lengthy news conference to present their version of the events, generals from the Supreme Council of Armed Forces showed footage of priests and a Coptic Christian activist they accused of "instigating" the violence on Sunday night with calls for demonstrations and storming the state television building.
October 13, 2011
Hostage taking pays off Taking hostages is paying off for Iran and its client Hamas. Somebody recently paid Iran for the release of two American hostages, and now Israel is releasing murderers to get back a hostage, Gilad Schalit, from Hamas ("Israel, Hamas OK swap: Soldier for 1,000 prisoners," Wednesday). The silence of the so-called human-rights community is deafening. Eugen Tarnow, Fair Lawn Egypt must protect Christians The recent violent attack on Coptic Christians in Cairo by Islamic extremists, joined by the Egyptian military, brings out the real ugly side of the Arab Spring ("U.S.
May 9, 2011 |
CAIRO - Relations between Egypt's Muslims and Christians degenerated to a new low Sunday after riots overnight left 12 people dead and a church burned, adding to the disorder of the country's postrevolution transition to democracy. The attack on the Virgin Mary Church was the latest sign of assertiveness by an ultraconservative movement of Muslims known as Salafis. Their increasing hostility toward Egypt's Coptic Christians in the last few months has met with little interference from the armed-forces council, which took temporary control of the country after President Hosni Mubarak was deposed Feb. 11. After the overnight violence in the slum of Imbaba, some residents said the military and the police had done almost nothing to intervene in the five-hour frenzy.
February 6, 2011 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Down the street from Dar el-Eiman, a travel agency specializing in package deals for Muslims visiting Mecca, the voices of young Egyptian men gathered around a kebab cart echoed off surrounding buildings. Inside, Ahmed Shedeed and his friend Emad Attaalla flipped among news channels covering the protests in Cairo. They were excited to see the imminent end of President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule and comforted that the violence that entered the protests earlier in the week had not escalated.