Christians still being killed in Egypt

Ethel C. Fenig
While the urban masses in Cairo, Egypt protest against their president Hosni Mubarek, ostensibly for their version of freedom and democracy, some things there never change: Killing Christians for instance.

Far away from the made for television visuals of chanting crowds, charging camels and horses, roughed up spectators, including delicate news personnel, flaring Molotov cocktails and dramatic flames at night are other ignored events; important and significant but not directly linked to the ongoing urban drama. The restoration of internet service has brought news of the massacre of eleven Coptic Christians by their Muslim neighbors in a small town far away from the international reporters in Cairo. The article has the horrifying details. According to the local bishop

"The massacre has nothing to do with the mayhem in Egypt," the bishop said, "but the murderers took advantage of the lack of police protection and thought they could commit their crime and no one would notice."

"Why have those Islamists chosen those two Coptic families and not Muslim ones to slaughter and rob? I believe it is because they know that with Copts they can literally get away with murder," accused Coptic activist Dr. Hanna Hanna.

Meanwhile, in athe Egyptian town of Rafah, where terrorists smuggle weapons into bordering Gaza, an empty church was bombed, http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2011/02/egypt-church-bombed.html religious symbols, such as a cross, removed.

This current anti Christian terror continues the Christmas massacres of just a few weeks ago and the ongoing harassment of Egypt's estimated more than 10% Christian minority.

Since all this doesn't quite fit the theme of Egyptians' deep desire for democracy and freedom and is happening far from the center of the urban action in small towns where life for foreign correspondents would be even more dangerous, there is little reporting on these incidents. But they're happening.
While the urban masses in Cairo, Egypt protest against their president Hosni Mubarek, ostensibly for their version of freedom and democracy, some things there never change: Killing Christians for instance.

Far away from the made for television visuals of chanting crowds, charging camels and horses, roughed up spectators, including delicate news personnel, flaring Molotov cocktails and dramatic flames at night are other ignored events; important and significant but not directly linked to the ongoing urban drama. The restoration of internet service has brought news of the massacre of eleven Coptic Christians by their Muslim neighbors in a small town far away from the international reporters in Cairo. The article has the horrifying details. According to the local bishop

"The massacre has nothing to do with the mayhem in Egypt," the bishop said, "but the murderers took advantage of the lack of police protection and thought they could commit their crime and no one would notice."

"Why have those Islamists chosen those two Coptic families and not Muslim ones to slaughter and rob? I believe it is because they know that with Copts they can literally get away with murder," accused Coptic activist Dr. Hanna Hanna.

Meanwhile, in athe Egyptian town of Rafah, where terrorists smuggle weapons into bordering Gaza, an empty church was bombed, http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2011/02/egypt-church-bombed.html religious symbols, such as a cross, removed.

This current anti Christian terror continues the Christmas massacres of just a few weeks ago and the ongoing harassment of Egypt's estimated more than 10% Christian minority.

Since all this doesn't quite fit the theme of Egyptians' deep desire for democracy and freedom and is happening far from the center of the urban action in small towns where life for foreign correspondents would be even more dangerous, there is little reporting on these incidents. But they're happening.