The persecution of Christians in the middle east is never really spoken about in the main stream media. Did you know that 7 Coptic Christians were killed by ISIS militants in Church of Saint George in El-Arish, Egypt this month? Did you know that in the southern province of Minya the Egyptian government has closed down 4 churches for NO REASON? It has also been reported that Coptic Christians that have complained about the closures of churches have been harassed and pelted with rocks at churches across the country according to Reuters.
In a statement Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of Minya talks about the closure of the churches and the treatment of Coptic Christians in Egypt.
“What happened within two weeks, hasn’t happen over years; churches are closed, the Coptic Christians are being attacked and their property destroyed, and there is no deterrent. The bargaining and the balance are usually used under the name of peaceful coexistence. The Copts always pay the price of this coexistence, not the aggressors,”
The closures come despite the Egyptian government promising to protect Christians from violent Islamic attacks on a number of occasions.. but it appears the opposite is happening.
In April Pope Francis visited Egypt after two weeks after the Palm Sunday bombing of two Coptic churches, which left at least 45 people dead. During his visit he met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah where promises were made to help Coptic Christians in Egypt… but it is now evident that this was all for show.
A number of families who have been forced to flee North Sinai due to the growing persecution against Christians in the area said in a statement in May:
“We are the families displaced from al-Arish to Port Said in February. We are living inside small rooms inside the youth camps and the aid building. We are suffering and none of the officials or the Port Said governor will listen to us,” going on to add “As time passed, 28 families remained in the camps and aid buildings. Three months passed without any attention from the government or officials in Port Said. The governor then declared that there was a lack of residential houses to transfer the families to, in addition to a lack to jobs, which forced the martyr Nabil Saber to return to Arish, where he was killed — a message to every Copt thinking about returning.”
This statement/plea for help came after an horrific attack by ISIS gunmen on a group of Copts traveling to a monastery in Minya, killed 29 Christians and left 24 others wounded. Unfortunately their pleas are being ignored.
In my opinion one of the biggest reasons as to why Christians get persecuted in countries such as Egypt is because Christianity is the truth and one true religion and they know deep down that it is the biggest threat to their “man made” selfish religions.