Oct. 12, 2011
Caroline Glick of the Jerusalem Post has written a powerful article (The Forgotten Christians of the East) describing the growing danger to Christians living in Muslim countries and most recently in Egypt:
On Sunday night, Egyptian Copts staged what was supposed to be a peaceful vigil at Egypt's state television headquarters in Cairo. The 1,000 Christians represented the ancient Christian community of some 8 million whose presence in Egypt predates the establishment of Islam by several centuries. They gathered in Cairo to protest the recent burning of two churches by Islamic mobs and the rapid escalation of state-supported violent attacks on Christians by Muslim groups since the overthrow of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in February.
According to Coptic sources, the protesters Sunday night were beset by Islamic attackers who were rapidly backed up by military forces. Between 19 and 40 Copts were killed by soldiers and Muslim attackers. They were run over by military vehicles, beaten, shot and dragged through the streets of Cairo.
Maggie Michael of Associated Press wrote an analysis piece from Cairo that was carried in the Washington Times. Michael noted that Mubaraks fall and the subsequent fading of authoritarian rule [in Egypt] empowered Islamist fundamentalists, known here as Salafis, who have special resentment for Christians. This appears to be the general pattern in the countries that have experienced the Arab Spring. As old power structures toppled, the political replacement in contemporary Arab politics tends toward Islamist extremism. It is a dangerous trend for religious minorities that needs to be opposed by the United States government.