The episodes, one by one, are horrifying. Connected as evidence of organized hate against Christians, they are stunning.
And they’re prompting Christians in Egypt to demand of their government fair treatment.
The announcement comes from Coptic Solidarity, which has cited cases that have developed just recently.
For example, Soad Thabet, a 70-year-old Christian woman, was stripped naked and dragged through the streets of a town near Minya following “trumped-up rumors” about an affair between her son and a Muslim woman. She was “pressured” into a “reconciliation” meeting in order to avoid charges against the culprits.
Then, in a village called Amereya, near Alexandria, mobs attacked a house that they thought was being used for Christian prayer. Officers arrested several Christians and accused them of “praying without permit.” “Here, too, victims have been pressured by the authorities to hold a ‘reconciliation meeting,'” the report said.
And Mina Thabet, a Coptic researcher and rights activist, was arrested in the middle of the night from his home without a warrant. He was accused of attacking police stations, then was beaten and released.
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In one case, “Coptic pharmacist Magdy Attia was stabbed to death and then decapitated by a group of fanatical Muslims at an apartment complex. Although security cameras in the area captured clear images of the perpetrators who were covered in blood, no one has been arrested for the heinous crime.”
And an attack on three nuns near Cairo, which killed Sister Athanasea, happened, authorities said, because they were “caught in a cross-fire.”
“We urgently call on Egyptian authorities, led by President Sisi, to translate into action the government’s positive rhetoric of an equitable and tolerant Egypt,” said George Guirguis, the organization’s president.
“The growing climate of impunity of violence against Copts is detrimental to the lives and well-being not only of Copts, but to all Egyptians.”
The group, which works to help minorities such at Coptic Christians in Egypt, pursuing democracy, freedom and fundamental rights, wants authorities to protect all citizens and obtain equal treatment for them.
Importantly, it wants to end what it has described as “the climate of hatred and institutionalized discrimination against Christians.”
Cases that have arisen in just the last few weeks reveal that Christians are being targeted for violence and murder, the group said.
“These episodes are not isolated events, but rather symptoms of the systematic discrimination against Copts in Egypt. As Coptic Solidarity’s recent 7th annual conference highlighted, Copts are second class citizens. Discrimination is evidenced in every aspect of life, from indifference to attacks targeting Christians, to state-backed cultural and educational marginalization, to the use of ‘anti-blasphemy’ laws to placate religious bigotry, to the lack of Copts in positions of prominence in government, the armed forces, the judiciary or in academia, to the inability to obtain permits to build or repair churches and the closure of churches due to Islamist threats,” the group said.
WND reported only weeks ago Christian girls and women were being snatched off the streets and from inside their homes in Egypt and forced to marry Muslims against their will after converting to Islam.
At the time, the London Mirror cited an International Christian Concern evaluation that Upper Egypt was “paralyzed” by the “monstrous actions” of radical Islamists and a surge in kidnappings in recent months. The missing girls later turn up in online videos claiming they chose to run away, but family members say they are being beaten and raped into submission.
Egypt is the 22nd most dangerous country in the world for Christians, according to the Christian charity Open Doors U.K.
Only last year, a group of Coptic Christians related to the men beheaded by ISIS terrorists in Libya came under attack by Muslim radicals after they tried to build a new church in the Egyptian village of Al Our.
Al Our was where 13 of the 21 Christians beheaded in the mass murder on a Mediterranean beach had lived.
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The new church was intended to be a memorial to those who were beheaded, Fox News reported. But an angry mob of Muslims flocked to the site of the Coptic Christians’ existing church during a service and warned them: You’ll never build that building, Fox News said.
The confrontation turned ugly, and several of the Muslims began throwing Molotov cocktails and stones at the existing church, injuring several.
The Copts, Egypt’s native Christians, make up about 10 percent of the country’s population.