2268860 08/21/2013 Inside a burned and destroyed Coptic Christian church in the Minya province. About 50 churches were destroyed or burned during unrest following dispersal of Muslim Brotherhood camps and ousted Islamist President Morsi supporters by the police and the army. Andrey Stenin/RIA Novosti

‘You are a target’: Muslims e̶x̶t̶r̶e̶m̶i̶s̶t̶s̶ terrorize Egypt’s Coptic Christians

“…A recent incident saw Muslim mobs in the Minya village of Nasreya descend on the homes of five Coptic students, chanting they had “insulted” Islam in a video that was circulating showing the youths praying with their Coptic teacher.

In fact, the students had been making fun of ISIS, according to Coptic activists. While police arrested the teacher and detained him for questioning over four days, the Muslim mobs threw rocks at the homes of the youths in a bid to force their parents to hand their children over to the authorities, Coptic media reports say.

Blasphemy is a crime in Egypt, but human rights activists say the authorities have traditionally used the law to persecute minorities, among them Christians.”