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Marginalized, Isolated: Post-Revolution Egyptian Christians Subjected To More Brutality By Islamists


RT – “Egypt’s Christian minority has been marginalized by the ruling Muslim Brotherhood, says Coptic Pope Tawadros II. His statement comes amid increased religious tensions and allegations of brutal repressions by the Islamist party.

‘There is a sense of marginalization and rejection, which we can call social isolation,’ of the 15 percent Christian population in Egypt, the pope told Reuters.

The pontiff’s statement coincided with increased Christian-Muslim tension on Friday in a small Egyptian town in Beni Suef province, where police used tear gas to disperse stone-throwing Muslim crowd after they had encircled a Coptic church to protest inter-faith relationships.

The angry mob accuses the church authorities of helping 21-year-old female Rana el-Shazli, who has allegedly converted to Christianity, elope to Turkey with a Coptic Christian man.

The tension over this modern day Romeo and Juliet romance has lasted for almost two months with Christian places of worship and local Christian shops being attacked.

The Christian man’s family has also been detained, after being accused of collaborating in hiding the woman. El-Shazli’s family issued an ultimatum for the church to return her early this month, but when it didn’t, violence started again.

Also on Friday, a Christian woman vanished in the city of Luxor. A complaint was filed with the police by the victim’s family accusing a Muslim man of abducting their daughter…

Meanwhile, an Egyptian Christian activist revealed that he was tortured in a mosque in suburban Cairo back in March.

Amir Ayad claims that he was en route to join a crowd of protesters near the headquarters of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party in suburban Cairo on March 22 when he was kidnapped.

‘I mistakenly thought they were police,’ Ayad told International Christian Concern (ICC).

‘When they saw my ID card they found out that I am a Christian. At that moment, they hit me on the head from behind and I lost consciousness. I woke up to find myself lying down on the floor of Belal Ibn Rabah mosque in Al-Moqattam.’ Ayad claims that the mosque was used to torture non-conformists with the Muslim Brotherhood politics.” Read more.

Egyptian Police Refuse To Protect Coptic Christians During Gun And Machete Attack On Mourners At Cathedral – “A shocking video has emerged that appears to show Egyptian police standing idly by as an anti-Christian mob launch a frenzied attack on a cathedral filled with mourners. Two worshippers were left dead and 84 injured, including 11 police officers, as men shooting guns, wielding machetes and hurling stones laid siege to the walled Coptic cathedral compound in Cairo earlier this month.” Read more.

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