Persecution of Christians is rampant throughout the Middle East, particularly under the brutal terror of the Islamic State. A report out of Egypt shows just how extreme the climate against Christians is, with persecution against them extending beyond just terrorist groups.
Fox News reported an angry mob of 300 Muslim men, fueled by rumors that a Christian man had an affair with a Muslim woman, “ransacked and torched” seven Christian homes in the town of Karama, in the Minya province South of Cairo, Egypt. According to the local Orthodox Coptic Church, the attack occurred May 20. The Christian man who allegedly had the affair fled the town, but the mob found his mother, stripped her of her clothes, and forced her to parade naked down the streets while a mob hurled insults, and beat her.
Minya’s top cleric Anba Makarios issued a statement saying the police was notified the day before the attack took place, yet did nothing to prevent it. “No one did anything and the police took no preemptive or security measures in anticipation of the attacks,” Makarios said. While the police did eventually arrive on the scene, they came two hours after the attack took place, and arrested only six men, but are reportedly looking for 12 more.
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“We are not living in a jungle or a tribal society. It’s incorrect for anyone to declare himself judge, police and ruler,” Makarios said in a television interview, adding, “It is a disgrace for honest men to remain silent while accepting, seeing or hearing this.”
A horrific story of sectarian violence and humiliation out of Minya, Egypt with police indifference playing big role https://t.co/zTGlxsuT5l
— Tamer El-Ghobashy (@TamerELG) May 26, 2016
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Makarios concluded if the roles were reversed, and a Muslim man was having an affair with a Christian woman, the result would not have been a violent one.
According to the Associated Press, authorities turning a blind eye to Christian persecution in Egypt is not a new phenomenon. “Criminal gangs have often targeted wealthy Christian families south of Cairo in recent years, kidnapping their children for ransom. There have also been scores of cases in recent years of underage Christian girls lured away from their families by Muslim men who force them to convert and keep them in hiding until they reach adulthood. Christians often complain that police don’t do enough to pursue the Muslim perpetrators,” wrote Hamza Hendawi for the Associated Press.
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