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      Coptic Pope Blasts Muslim Brotherhood, US, EU
      Posted GMT 8-18-2013

      (AINA) — Since ex-president Morsy’s ouster on July 3, attacks on
      Egyptian Christians by members of the Muslim Brotherhood have taken
      place in most governorates across Egypt. These attacks have escalated
      since security forces ended the pro-Morsy protests in central Cairo on
      August 14th. During their 6-weeks of protests, Muslim Brotherhood
      leaders explicitly threatened to harm the Copts should they be forced to
      end their protests, which they vowed to prolong until Morsy is restored
      to power.

      “Over the past weeks we have witnessed an increasing trend of
      anti-Christian rhetoric calling for ‘the attack upon and eradication of
      Christians and churches’ in Egypt,” said Coptic Bishop Anba in the
      United Kingdom. “The result of such incitement, at least in part, has
      been the unprecedented attack on fifty two churches and numerous
      Christian homes and businesses across eight governorates in Egypt,
      within the space of twenty four hours.”

      Yesterday Dr. Naguib Gabriel, President of Egyptian Union of Human
      Rights Organization, said “82 churches, many of which were from the 5th
      century, were attacked by pro-Morsy supporters in just two days.”

      Coptic Pope Tawadros II issued a statement yesterday expressing his
      views on the violence which engulfed Egypt, accusing the Muslim
      Brotherhood of fomenting sectarian clashes.

      The Pope said the Church is on “the side of Egyptian law, the armed
      forces and all the Egyptian civil institutions when it comes to
      confronting violent armed organizations and terrorizing forces, either
      within the country or from abroad.” The Pope pointed out that one should
      look beyond the squares where the Muslim Brotherhood have been holding
      their protests, in order to gain a general overview of what has been
      happening for weeks in Egypt. “The attacks on government buildings and
      peaceful churches terrorize everyone, whether they be Copts or Muslims.
      These actions go against any religion, any moral code and any sense of
      humanity.”

      The Coptic Church also criticized the way in which the crisis is
      reported outside of Egypt. It expressly speaks of “false broadcast by
      Western media,” and urges for an “objective” revision to be made of the
      descriptions given to the actions of those “blood-thirsty radical
      organizations.” The Coptic Orthodox Church says that “instead of
      legitimizing them with global support and political coverage while they
      are trying to wreak havoc and destruction upon our beloved land, report
      all events truthfully and accurately.”

      Pope Tawadros reaffirmed his support for “national unity” and rejected
      any form of “international interference in our internal affairs.”

      The Pope is at the top of the Islamists’ assassination list.

      The views of the Coptic church are also held by Copts in general, who
      are angry with the US and EU powers, “who almost daily issue statements
      threatening to take further actions against our interim government and
      army, portraying the Muslim Brotherhood as victims while not even
      mentioning the destruction of over 80 churches, as well monasteries,
      orphanages, businesses and Coptic schools by the Muslim Brotherhood,”
      says Coptic activist Wagih Yacoub who believes that this western
      attitude emboldens them to carry out further violence. “To add insult to
      injury the Muslim Brotherhood this week hoisted the black Al-Qaida flag
      on top of St. George’s church in Sohag. Three churches were turned into
      mosques in Minya and Friday prayers were held inside them.”

      Mary Abdelmassih

      ©2013, Assyrian International News Agency.
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