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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.topix.com/religion/orthodox/2013/08/130814N1DFGE Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi supporters torch Egyptian churches By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL 08/15/2013
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      Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi supporters torch Egyptian churches

      Anti-Coptic violence taking place within "a general culture of
      impunity," Canadian MP Irwin Cotler says.

      Islamic supporters of Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi launched on
      Wednesday arson attacks against churches, resulting in the destruction
      of at least three buildings. Muslim Brotherhood supporters wreaked havoc
      on Coptic Christian businesses and property throughout the country.

      There may have been more than 20 incidents of burning of churches and
      attacks on Christian institutions, based on unconfirmed reports on
      Twitter from Coptic leaders and organizations who are closely following
      the outbreak of anti-Christian violence.

      Bishop Anba Suriel, the bishop for the Coptic Orthodox Church in
      Melbourne, wrote on his Twitter micro blog, “over 20 separate attacks on
      churches and Christian institutions all over Egypt.”

      Suriel added, ”These attacks on the Copts is unprecedented in the modern
      era.” He called on the international community not to be passive.

      The Egyptian state news agency Mena reported assaults on three churches,
      including the destruction of the Mar Gergiss church. AFP reported that
      the attackers tossed firebombs at Mar Gergiss in Sohag, on the west bank
      of the Nile. The city of Sohag has a large Coptic community.

      AFP reported two churches were attacked in El-Menia province, causing
      fire damage to both buildings.

      There were reports that one of Egypt’s oldest churches, the fourth
      century Virgin Mary in Minya, was engulfed in flames.

      Speaking with The Jerusalem Post from Ottawa, Irwin Cotler, a former
      Canadian justice minister and current Liberal MP, said the “Army should
      be providing more protection to the Copts.”

      Cotler spearheaded a report – Securing the Human Rights of Coptic
      Christians in Egypt After the Arab Spring – in Canada’s Parliament in
      May to protect the rights of Copts and “hold those responsible for
      attacks on Copts.”

      The anti-Christian violence by radical Islamists and Muslim Brotherhood
      supporters is taking place within “a general culture of impunity,” he said.

      Suriel complained on his Twitter feed that Western media have ignored
      the violent attacks.

      Dexter Van Zile, the Christian media analyst for the Committee for
      Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, told the Post, “The bishop
      has a legitimate beef with people.”

      The “silence is troubling” from “the people charged with promoting human
      rights,” Van Zile said. “Progressive Christianity does not want to
      confront Islamic violence.”

      Van Zile added it is “outrageous” that Copts are being scapegoated for
      ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated president Morsi.

      Writing on the website of the conservative National Review, Andrew C.
      McCarthy, a leading US expert on radical Islam, blamed Western media
      reports for ignoring and distorting the “Islamic supremacist aggression
      against Egypt’s Christians – which was a prominent feature of Muslim
      Brotherhood governance.”

      He blasted Wednesday’s AFP report for exculpating “the Islamic
      supremacists by editorializing, in the report, that these were
      ‘reprisal’ attacks.”

      McCarthy wrote, “The Brotherhood is not ‘retaliating’ against
      Christians. Islamic supremacists are persecuting Christians... which is
      what they do in Muslim-majority countries.”

      The Egyptian news outlet Daily News reported “two churches in the Fayoum
      village of Al-Nazla were set on fire, in addition to the local Christian
      Friendship club.”

      “Mary Mina Church and its services building were set on fire,” said
      Basem Beshay, the media officer of the local Dostour Party branch.

      According to the Daily News, Beshay added, “The Third Apostolic Church,
      its medical center and the house of the priest were set on fire by

      Beshay said arson attacks targeted a Christian-owned pharmacy and an
      interior design store in Minya.

      The violence on Wednesday comes after the shooting of a young Coptic
      girl in Cairo last week. After completing her Bible class at the Ahmed
      Esmat Street Evangelical Church, Jessi Boulus was shot. Her uncle works
      as a pastor at the church.
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