by Dr. D ~ March 1st, 2013
(Coptic cross: Wikipedia)
We recently posted about 4 Christians who were arrested and facing a possible death sentence for proselytizing. Now 48 more Christians have been arrested in Libya bringing the total to around 100.
From the Blaze:
It is no surprise that violence against Christians in Islamic has been growing exponentially, with countries like Egypt and Libya heading the list of aggressors. Now another 48 Egyptian Christians suspected of trying to convert Muslims to Christianity have been arrested in Benghazi, bringing the total of detained Copts to around 100.
“Forty-eight Egyptian traders who worked in the Benghazi municipal market have been arrested based on reports of suspect activities,” an unnamed source told AFP.
The man, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the additional men arrested were in possession of Bibles and texts bearing images of Christ and the late Coptic Christian Pope Shenuda, urging conversion to Christianity.
Response: This story will not only have ramifications in Libya but also in Egypt since many of these folks are Egyptian Coptic Christians. Coptic authorities have contacted the Arab League for help in resolving this problem.
The Coptic leaders have major doubts that these Christians were actually involved in proselytizing since they really went to Libya for work and business opportunities. According to a Coptic rights spokesman they were not involved in proselytizing at the time of their arrest:
“When arrested, they were not engaged in proselytism. They were just having pictures of the Christ and the (late Coptic) Pope Shenouda, things always carried by Christians to invoke blessings.”
Meanwhile the Egyptian Foreign Ministry which is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood is not going out of their way to help their own citizens probably because they’re Coptic Christians. *Top