by Dr. D ~ January 7th, 2010
Radical Muslims sprayed automatic gunfire into a crowd of Coptic Christians leaving church after a traditional Coptic Christmas Eve Mass last night before midnight leaving 7 dead.
The churchgoers were leaving St. John’s church in town of Nag Hamadi in southern Egypt after a midnight Christmas Mass which is traditionally celebrated by Coptic Christians on January 7th. According to reports, three men drove by the church in a car and opened fire on the crowd killing 7.
The church Bishop said that he had been receiving threats and had expected trouble on Christmas. He even cut short the service hoping to avert an incident.
In November, a Coptic Christian in that community had been accused of raping a 12 year old Muslim girl. There had been riots and attacks upon the church at the time and Christian businesses.
In the last several years, the persecution of Coptic Christians has been an on-going story in Egypt with one serious incident after another. It has now gotten to the point where the Christians are even afraid to celebrate in their own homes.
Meanwhile the Egyptian authorities have actually lead to even greater problems by not only not protecting the Christian community but by turning a blind eye toward the Muslim radicals who continue to carry on their persecution unabated. Coptic authorities complain to the international community that the Egyptian justice system is now stacked against them and in favor of Muslims in nearly every case.
Increasingly the Copts are being made to feel like outsiders in a land where they have lived for nearly 2,000 years. For nearly 1,400 years the Coptic Christians and the Muslims lived side-by-side in peace. However, on the last 20 years or so, Islam has become increasingly more radical in Egypt and persecution of the Coptic community has been on the increase. 2009 was the worst year yet for the Copts and now 2010 starts out this way. *Top