Building Memorials is Not Enough, Egyptian Government Should Fight for Religious Freedom

ICC Note: When the Egyptian government paid for a memorial to remember the 21 Coptic Egyptians who were executed 3 years ago, it was a touching gesture. It is not enough, however, to only remember religious minorities after their death. It is imperative that religious minorities have freedom and safety to practice their faith every day without experiencing persecution from both the government and terrorist organizations.

02/21/2018 Egypt (Newsmax) – A touching news story surfaced a few days ago, briefly casting a flicker of light across Egypt’s shadowy heartland.

The report applauded the Egyptian government’s recent efforts to provide solace and a sense of solidarity to Egypt’s long-suffering Coptic Christians.

It described a new cathedral that has been constructed and consecrated — at the state’s expense — as a memorial to 21 Coptic Egyptians who were slaughtered by ISIS on a Libyan beach just three years ago.

Asia News explained: “Three years after the massacre of the 21 young Copts, a cathedral for the ‘martyrs of the faith’ was built and consecrated in Al Ur, in Upper Egypt. The remains of the victims, found in a cave in Sirte, after DNA testing, will be on display on the ground floor of the building…

“The Cathedral of the Martyrs of the Faith was built by a group of engineers of the Egyptian Armed Forces, paid for by the government, on an area of 4 thousand square meters, at a cost of about 10 million Egyptian pounds (about 45,700). It was built on two floors: a ground floor, where the remains of the martyrs will be housed…The upper floor instead is a chapel.”

Who could forget the horrifying images that ISIS broadcast across the world, propagandizing the last, gruesome moments of those young men’s lives? They were faithful believers who died with a prayer on their lips.

The president of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, upon hearing about the massacre, sent jet fighters to bombard jihadi strongholds where the terrorists were believed to be hiding.

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