Monday, March 07, 2011

COPTIC EGYPT

"Go, go after your master"

Another quick Egypt update: in the state of Minya Ahmed Dia-el-Din, Egypt, the governor is demolishing homes of Coptic Christians. The governor has scheduled the destruction of their community center:
The 5-storey community center, which cost four million Egyptian pounds, belongs to the Coptic diocese of Mallawi and serves children and youth with special needs from 75 villages all over Minya governorate. It has a workshop to teach them a suitable vocation, as well as a free day clinic.

The Governor wanted to demolish the services building in January 2011, but could not because of the Coptic anger and demonstrations all over Egypt after the massacre of the Two Saints Church in Alexandria on New Year's Eve, where a bomb killed 25 Copts and injured nearly 100.
Why do this? Well its the same reason he's wiping out Christians' homes:
In another incident in the series of continued provocation of the Copts, the Governor of Minya ordered the demotion of ten newly built homes belonging to three Coptic families in the village of Saeed Abdelmassih, 30 km from Minya, without any reason.

Villagers said that the Governor asked the families to pay one million pounds as a voluntary contribution to the governorate in order not to pull down the houses and when they refused they were asked to donate one-fifth of the land to build a mosque near St. Demiana Church. The owners also denied his request as all inhabitants of the village are Copts and no Muslims live there. This prompted the governor to carry out the demolition of the homes on February 28 by the police and army forces.
The villagers call it bribes, but I am sure the governor has another word for it: dhimmitude. Non Muslims have to pay a tax to live in a Muslim controlled country, by Islamic law in the Koran.

This and many other incidents of persecution against Coptic Christians has been reported to the UN and other sources by The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), an NGO that monitors the situation of religious freedoms in Egypt. Good luck finding any mention of it in more mainstream news sources or any statement of condemnation from any government.

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