In Pictures: Christian Copts Stand Firm in Midst of Persecution

By on September 7, 2013

Below are some pictures of Egypt’s Christian Copts, still attending and holding worship services in their churches that were recently destroyed, desecrated and/or torched by the Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters.  According to one Egyptian human rights lawyer, as of August 18, “82 churches, many of which were from the 5th century, were attacked by pro-Morsi supporters in just two days.”  Here’s a video of one of these churches ablaze.

The perseverance of Egypt’s Christian Copts is a testimony to their heritage — for they have seen tens of thousands of their churches destroyed since the 7th century, when Islam invaded Egypt with the sword — and yet they still stand firm in their faith.

Coptic Church Set Aflame by Muslim Brotherhood Supporters

One week ago, I wrote,

anti-Christian fury [from the Brotherhood and its supporters] is far from sated and has taken on genocidal proportions.  While Al Jazeera was covering (and distorting) events in Egypt, a Libyan man named Tamar Rashad called in and said “I want to offer the good news to [Pope] Tawadros that, Allah willing, the day is coming when no Copt will ever again tread the ground of Egypt—and no churches.  We will no longer allow churches to exist.”When the TV host appeared to protest, Rashad interrupted him saying, “It’s already decided, take your cameras and go to the churches and you’ll see what’s going to happen soon, Allah willing.”

True to these threats, in the last two days, since the Brotherhood was dispersed from their terrorist camps on August 14, they have been attacking and in some cases slaughtering Egypt’s Christians — including women and children — and attacking dozens of Coptic churches, and many hundreds of Christian homes and businesses.

As news of assaults on Coptic churches in Egypt becomes commonplace — in the last two days, nearly 70 churches and even ancient monasteries have been attacked and/or torched — and readers possibly become desensitized to such news, the above video of the burning of the Amba Musa church in al-Minya from hours ago is a reminder of how horrific and hate-filled these attacks truly are.  As if the torching of the church was not enough, around the 2-minute mark, the pro-Morsi Brotherhood supporters can also be seen destroying church property and hurling objects at the flaming building.

Imagine if that was your church — set aflame because you dared reject oppressive Muslim Brotherhood rule.

It’s so appallingly uncivilized one can’t find wording to match the total devastation and destruction of a people who’ve lived there for thousands of years. Murdering and beheading innocent people, burning down ancient Churches and Monasteries – stealing anything they can sell, forcing people to convert or they’ll kill them, kidnapping and raping women and children, and now they’re being forced to pay jizya…

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