ICC Note: A first look at Egypt today would show that the Coptic community is living in peaceful accord with the Muslim community. President el-Sisi has made it a point to have a good relationship with Coptic Pope Tawadros II and has called out to Islam to reform itself. But a closer look at the individual lives of Coptic families in Egypt would prove things aren’t as good as we thought. John L Allen Jr., author of “The Global War On Christians” has sought out and recorded the individual stories of Copts suffering at the hands of Muslim kidnappers and neighbors, issues that ICC regularly documents.
07-10-2015 Egypt (BosNewLife): Recently it might appear that conditions have not been too bad for the Coptic Christians of Egypt.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi made a point of visiting the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo on Christmas Eve, and he has worked to foster good relations with Coptic Pope Tawadros II. He has spoken out on the need for Islam to reform itself.
Meanwhile, the horrific massacre in February of 21 Coptic Christians on a beach in Libya, by the barbarians of Islamic State, appeared to have outraged Egypt’s Christians and Muslims alike.
But look more closely and a different picture emerges. And looking more closely is exactly what John L. Allen Jr., author of “The Global War On Christians,” has just done, during a visit to Egypt.
In a report this month at the Boston Globe Media website “Crux,” he stated that his aim was to “reverse-engineer Stalin’s famous dictum that one death is a tragedy, while a million is a statistic.”
In other words, he was seeking out individual stories on the lives of the Coptic Christians in Egypt today. What he found was heart-rending.
For example, he met a Christian doctor who was kidnapped in Egypt’s Sinai region and held for 92 days, blindfolded and handcuffed, until his family paid a ransom.