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Egyptian Christians under assault from the Brotherhood

Coptic church burntThe Coptic Christians, who have been in Egypt since the very earliest days – firm tradition linking the evangelist Mark in AD 33 to the founding of the church in Alexandria, peaking in the golden era of the fourth century with Origen and Clement – are now being terrorised and their churches destroyed by the Muslim Brotherhood. Islam did not exist until the seventh century, but Christians are considered by the more orthodox Muslims to be infidels and inferior citizens in their own land.

Fairfax press today reports:

At least 32 churches and monasteries as well as countless schools, homes and  businesses in nine cities around Egypt have been targeted by Islamists on a  rampage following the downfall of their president, Mohamed Mursi, Human Rights  Watch has found.

It is not difficult to find burnt-out buildings in Minya, where an estimated  35-40 per cent of the population is Christian. In one street, the remains of an  old building that housed a clothing shop owned by a Christian family is still  smouldering; in another, a large Christian orphanage has been destroyed.

We pass  firebombed cars, while the nearby Good Shepherd School and convent  next to it have been destroyed by fire.

Most of the attacks occurred on Wednesday, as the Egyptian Army and riot  police were carrying out their operation to clear the Muslim Brotherhood protest  camps at the Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque in Nasr City and al-Nahda Square in  Giza.

As always, there are decent Muslim people who stand with their Christian neighbours, but they are no match for the blood-thirsty Brotherhood:

It is with a heavy heart that caretaker Ashraf Makram unlocks the doors to  the Good Shepherd School, his home for 45 years. His living quarters have been  totally destroyed and the courtyard is filled with the remains of burnt  furniture and destroyed cars.

“We called and called for the police to help but they would not come,” he  says. “I have never seen anything like this in all my time here – the neighbours  all gathered, both Muslim and Christian, to try to contain the blaze but we  could not.”

As we are talking, Domadios Samir, who teaches computer sciences, arrives at  the school. Along with other locals, he confronted the gang of hundreds of Brotherhood  supporters who were first looting and then burning the buildings and cars.

Samir asked them why they were attacking the school. “This is a school for  the unbelievers,” they answered.

One Christian observer, Dr Terrence Ascott, notes the residual signs of hope between these two ancient communities:

It is also important and encouraging to note that some Muslims went to protect churches and that, in return, many Christians then sent messages to their fellow Muslim citizens saying, “Buildings can be rebuilt again, but you are priceless, so stay safe, and don’t worry about the churches”. And the Egyptian government also announced today that the State would take the financial responsibility for the rebuilding of damaged churches.

The Muslim Brotherhood have been, and remain very effective in portraying themselves as the victims to the media, pointing to how Morsi had been “democratically” elected and that the army “coup” was a major setback to the country’s democratic progress. They have known what buttons to push with the Western press and this seems to be the version that most of the World is hearing – but it is not a version of truth that resonates with the vast majority of Egyptians.

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