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

In Egypt, officials incite — and then cite — Muslim violence as reason not to renovate or build churches

Security forces in Upper Egypt recently arrested 10 Coptic Christians for trying to build a wall around a piece of vacant land in order to expand their current church into the territory or possibly even build a church.

A church already exists in the village of Abu Hannas in Samalout, Minya; but, according to Father Stephanous Shehata, the current church, named after the martyr, Saint Abu Maqqar, is too small to serve the large Christian population of the village. So the church purchased an unused piece of land next to it in the hopes of expanding the current church or building another. The 10 Christians were arrested while attempting to build the wall, pending an investigation.

  • Hard Little Machine

    If a meteor hit Egypt the world would, at worst, be no worse off than before. Make it a smallish one though as Israel is close by.

  • canminuteman

    The Christian population of Egypt will go the same way as the Christian population in every other muslim country. If we were smart we would act accordingly.

  • ontario john

    Gee, do you think Trudeau will go visit that church?

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      He prefers mosques. More votes to be whored for. They breed like vermin, oh, wait …

      • Gary

        Plus it reduces the risks of a beheading or having his home fire-bombed .

  • Gary

    Justin wants to import more of the death-cult to wipe out the jews and christians so he secures the muslims vote.
    He’ll even toss his wife and daughters to the rapefugees for a few more years in power. Our first pro-rape PM .