THE TELEGRAPH-Tens of thousands of Egyptian Christians are leaving the country in the wake of the Egyptian revolution and subsequent Islamist takeover of politics, priests and community leaders say.
Coptic Christian churches in the United States say they are having to expand to cope with new arrivals, as priests in cities like Cairo and Alexandria talk of a new climate of fear and uncertainty.
"Most of our people are afraid," Father Mina Adel, a priest at the Church of Two Saints in Alexandria said. "Not a few are leaving - for America, Canada and Australia. Dozens of families from this church alone are trying to go too."
Father Mina's church has an important place in the history of the Arab Spring. It was struck by a car bomb on New Year's Eve 2010, Egypt's worst sectarian attack in recent decades, in which 23 people were killed.
After the bombing, liberal Muslim groups staged protests in support of Christians, printing posters showing the cross and the crescent interlinked which then went on to be symbols of inter-faith unity during the Tahrir Square protests three weeks later.
But the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood in parliamentary and presidential elections has changed the mood - particularly as the biggest opposition party is the even more hardline Salafist movement which wants strict Sharia law implemented. (Continue Reading.)
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Christians Fleeing Egypt
Coptic Christians were living in Egypt long before Muslims. But many Copts are so fearful of recent changes in their country that they are fleeing to the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Unfortunately, when Copts arrive in the West, they'll be informed (by the media and countless politicians) that they are Islamophobic bigots for not believing that Islam is a religion of peace, tolerance, and candy-coated raindrops.