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According the Britain's Minister for Faith Christian communities across the world, particularly in the Middle East, are in danger of becoming extinct due to targeting by Islamic extremists. From Egypt to Syria to Pakistan, Christian communities across the Middle East and South Asia have come under attack as extremists gain influence. In Pakistan, a church of 600 attendants was attacked by two suicide bombers shortly following a Sunday service. Around 130 Christians were killed as a result of this attack. Scenes of destruction like this are being faced by Christian in many of Christianity's ancient homelands. Please pray for these persecuted brothers and sisters.
A committee working on amending Egypt's 2012 constitution recently reported that it will be adopting a measure that would forever end constitutional restrictions against the construction of new churches. Under President Mohammed Morsi, very few churches were given license by the government to even repair damaged the churches sustained in riots. Hopefully this new measured will be the beginning of a new time in Egypt that is more religiously free.
A committee tasked with working on the suspended 2012 Egyptian constitution adopted a measure on Sunday that would bring an end to Constitutional restrictions that regulate the construction of new churches in Egypt. This development would mark a major change on Egypt's historical stance towards the construction of new churches and religious freedom. Please pray that this measure is written into law.
Christians affected by the October 20 drive-by shooting at a wedding in a Cairo suburb continue to recover both physically and emotionally. Several families lost loved ones, including several children that were killed in the attack on the church. Many of the victims have turned to their Christian faith to seek peace and recovery. One man who considered himself only a nominal Christian has found his faith renewed by the attack. Please pray for these persecuted Christians.
Christian communities across the Middle East and South Asia continue to endure ever increasing levels of persecution and religious intolerance. This has lead to the decline of many Christian populations in these countries. In Syria, one of Christianity's oldest homes, the Christian population has declined by 25 %. As the world continues to sit in watch this injustice continue, please remember to pray for these communities.
According to the latest reports, 42 churches have been attacked and dozens have been destroyed as hard-liners within Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood party continue to lash out against the countries minority Coptic Christian population. Homes, schools, businesses and other institutions have also been targeted by extremists. One monastery in Egypt was forced to cancel its weekly mass due to the security threat. This was the first time the monastery canceled Mass in over 1,600 years. Please pray for the persecuted in Egypt.
Attacks against Christians in Egypt have dramatically intensified since the military invaded two protest camps in Cairo, killing hundreds of Morsi supporters in a single day. Enraged mobs of Muslim Brotherhood supporters have turned their fury against Christians living in Egypt, who make up 10% of the population. Seen as supporters of the military's ouster of Morsi, Christians have been scapegoated by hard-liners within the Muslim Brotherhood. Although attacks on churches and other Christian institutions has dramatically escalated in the past week, the military and police have done little to protect Christians. Caught in the middle, Christian in Egypt have been forced to hide as mobs attack their places of worship, businesses and even homes.
Exclusive Report: KABC Radio Interviews ICC President, Jeff King on the latest update from Coptic Christians in EgyptTuesday, August 20th, 2013
A recent expose on trafficking in the Horn of Africa exposes what many thought to be myth—the kidnapping, trafficking, torture, and ransoming of Eritrean refugees. Considered the "North Korea of Africa," Eritrea houses one of the Africa's governments most hostile to the free exercise of religion. Faced with indefinite periods of arbitrary detention, torture, and psychological warfare, Eritrea's Christians have launched an exodus to flee the "most repressive nation on Earth." In doing so, many seek shelter as refugees in Sudan, exposing themselves as targets of Bedouin traffickers intent on kidnapping them to the Egyptian Sinai, where they are then held for ransom while subjected to immense physical and emotional torture.
Blasphemy and defamation of religion laws continue to repress the Christian faith in countries across the world. Known for inciting violence, accusations and prosecutions on the basis of blasphemy or religious defamation have proven detrimental to the free exercise of religion and harmful to minority Christian communities throughout the world. Social hostilities, advanced by cultures of impunity, continue to pose a serious threat to Christians worldwide.
International Christian Concern (ICC) continues to follow the developing situation in Egypt as Mohamed Morsi has been removed from office and an interim government has been put in place to meet the demands of the millions of Egyptians who had called for his departure from office. The head of the Egyptian Armed Forces, along with leaders from Egypt’s religious communities and opposition groups delivered a statement Wednesday night that effectively brought an end to the one-year rule of Mohamed Morsi and laid out what has been called a “road map” for the future.
International Christian Concern (ICC) continues to follow the situation as record numbers of Egyptians protest against Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). In a stunning development, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi—head of the Egyptian military—issued a statement just a few hours ago (Monday evening, July 1) giving Morsi 48 hours to respond to the demands of the people before the armed forces intervene.
International Christian Concern (ICC) continues to monitor the situation in Egypt as millions of Egyptians took to the streets in protest against Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. June 30th marked the one -year anniversary of Morsi’s entrance to office, but the majority of Egyptians feel betrayed due to his dictatorial style, his now apparent radical Islamist agenda, and his economic mismanagement. They are demanding that Morsi step down
“The conclusion of a new report by the US Hudson Institute researcher Lela Gilbert is clear and unequivocal: gender-based violence plays a key strategic role in the plans of those who wish to eradicate Christians and Christian belief from Muslim lands.”
With the rise of discrimination and attack on Christians in Egypt, specifically the Coptic Christians, many have fled Egypt for the country of Georgia searching for reprieve and a place to freely practice their faith. “Around 2,500 Coptic Egyptians currently live in Georgia, according to the Ministry of Justice’s Public Service Development Agency, which manages residence data. Most arrived this year and live in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi; a few hundred have settled a few hours’ drive to the west in the parliamentary seat of Kutaisi.” However, the transition has not been smooth and often, the Christians find continued hardship.
“Coptic Christians in Egypt continue to live with discrimination, oppression and persecution from the Islamic majority. Muslim attacks on Christians, random and unprovoked, are based on jihad and often sanctioned by the state. Coptic victims are often hauled off to jail for the crimes committed against them.” Christians have never received an apology and Muslims rarely are punished for their actions—which has only emboldened radical Muslims to continue persecuting Christians.
A Coptic Christian teacher in Egypt has been convicted of blasphemy—based on three children in her class who said that she “showed disgust” when talking about Islam in class. She will not receive prison time, but has received a fine the equivalent of $14,000 USD.
Two USCIRF members highlight the numerous ways in which the government of Mohammed Morsi over the past 12 months has failed to live up to the hopes many had for him. Particularly in relation to religious freedom the government has not only not improved but has seen a decrease of religious freedom in many respects. Government policies have been part of a culture that has provoked numerous violent attacks against the country’s Christian minority and other religious groups.
Egyptian President Morsi handed down a decision to allow for the building of a Church in northern Egypt. This is the first such decision since he took office in June 2012. It is a small positive step amidst growing abuses being suffered by Egyptians Christian population. Christians are facing persecution through both legal prosecutions and societal violence. The Morsi government may be trying to regain some support ahead of a planned large demonstration.
A string of recent incidents has highlighted the danger that faces Children of Egypt’s Christian minority communities. These kidnappings are motivated both by money but also as a means of threatening, intimidating, and otherwise abusing Christian families. The kidnapping of Christian girls is often accompanied by a forced conversion to Islam and both physical and sexual abuse.
Hundreds of Christians gathered to protest in support of a group of Coptic Christians who were attacked while visiting a monastery in southern Egypt. Father Bakhomious was able to provide refuge for the group inside the monastery, protecting them from the assailants who came with knives and clubs. Details are still developing in this story, but it is another example that the violence faced by Christians throughout Egypt is a cause for great concern.
Egyptian human rights groups speak out to condemn the 1 year prison sentence given to Christian lawyer Romani Murad Saad. Christians are increasingly becoming the target of legal prosecution. “Such lawsuits have become a weapon of sectarian discrimination and oppression of religious minorities,” the joint statement released by 15 Egyptian human rights groups said.
In the latest example of Egypt’s strict blasphemy laws, Christian Coptic lawyer Roman Murad Saad was convicted to one year of hard labor in prison for ridiculing Islam’s holy book. According to the AP report, Saad, a lawyer from southern Egypt, was convicted in absentia and may also be subject to a fine and re-trial. According to a report by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, between Jan. 25 2011 and Dec. 31 2012 forty-one percent of blasphemy cases taken to court were against Egypt’s Christian minority, which only makes up about 10 percent of the population.
It is now painfully clear that the widely acclaimed Arab Spring, which hoped to instill democratic change and greater freedoms throughout the Arab world, has given rebirth to a radical agenda that seeks to Islamize the Middle East. In Egypt, more than 80 Christians have been killed and several churches have been destroyed since the country’s uprising. In Syria, Christians have fled Islamist rebel-controlled cities in the thousands in fear for their lives. The Arab Spring—at one time a commendable, idealistic dream—has now plummeted toward a grave reality: the only freedoms gained were those of Islamists that demand complete submission from Christians.
Since Egypt’s revolution in 2011, more than 80 Christians have been killed and several churches have been destroyed, prompting more than a hundred thousand Christians to seek immigration and leave their homeland permanently. The revolution, which hoped to instill democratic change and greater freedoms, has instead given unprecedented freedoms to Islamists—with the Muslim Brotherhood at the forefront—to impose a radical Islamic agenda over Egyptian society. Raymond Ibrahim writes for The Algemeiner that in post-revolution Egypt Christians are “legally” persecuted.
Egypt’s revolution, which hoped to instill democratic change and greater freedoms, has instead given unprecedented freedoms to Islamists—with the Muslim Brotherhood at the forefront—to impose a radical Islamic agenda over Egyptian society. In addition to escalating anti-Christian violence, Egyptians are increasingly struggling to find work. “For out-of-work Christians, finding a job can be especially tough,” World Watch Monitor reports.
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