COREN: Stop the persecution

A Coptic Christian Church in Upper Egypt dating from the fourth century was destroyed last week by the Muslim Brotherhood. It was not of any military significance, it was attacked simply because it was a church.

At the time of writing, 30 churches have been destroyed in Egypt by Muslim mobs. Some of the buildings are ancient; most are modern, however, because it is extremely difficult in Egypt and in most Muslim countries for Christians to get permission to build new churches and repair old ones.

I suppose that compared to the thousands of people killed and wounded in the past week this is insignificant. Yet no matter tragic human suffering is, the deliberate removal of a fourth century church from Egypt is on a different level of sociological violence and ethnic cleansing.

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