The war against Copts in Egypt escalates

According to this Associated Press report, 40 Coptic Christian churches in Egypt have been either torched or severely damaged just since Wednesday. Most of the attacks have occured away from Cairo and the watchful eyes of the western press. In other provinces, it is clear that Islamists control the streets and police have, if not facilitated some of these attacks by standing by and doing nothing, are powerless to intercede because they, too, are under assault. After torching a Franciscan school, Islamists paraded three nuns on the streets like "prisoners of war" before a Muslim woman offered them refuge. Two other women working at the school were sexually harassed and abused as they fought their way through a mob. In the four days since security forces cleared two sit-in camps by supporters of Egypt's ousted president, Islamists have attacked dozens of Coptic churches along with homes and businesses owned by the Christian minority. The campaign of intimidation appears to be a...(Read Full Post)