Reports from Egypt indicate that attacks against Egypt’s Coptic Christians have increased since former President Mohamed Morsi was forced from power on July 3. Copts claim that they have been targeted by Islamic radicals as retribution for their opposition to Morsi, who was backed by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Fox News, citing a report in the Financial Times, reported that nine Christians have recently been killed in Egypt, including a Coptic priest, Father Mina Aboud Sharween, in the Sinai Peninsula. Following Sharween’s murder, many other Coptic clergy have gone into hiding.
Magdy Lamei, identified as a Christian salesman, was also found murdered in the Sinai on July 4, a few days after he was kidnapped and held for a ransom equivalent to $70,000.
The Times noted that acts of violence against Copts have been reported ever since Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood took power last year.
Furthermore, noted the report, more than a dozen Christian churches have been attacked and damaged and Coptic-owned businesses have been vandalized.
Fox also reported a statement made by Jordan Sekulow — son of Jay Sekulow, the founder of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) — executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based ACLJ, who said, “The Muslim Brotherhood’s allegation that Coptic Christians in Egypt are in some way responsible for the coup that ousted former President Morsi reeks of ignorance and sectarian intolerance.”
Sekulow noted that the Brotherhood’s claim that Copts are responsible for Morsi’s fall from power “is not only factually inaccurate, but not even possible. One religious minority simply does not overthrow an Islamic government in a predominantly Muslim country.”
Sekulow noted that the Muslim Brotherhood fails to admit that it was Muslims — who comprise a majority of the population in Egypt—who led the movement to remove Morsi.
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