Tagged with Persecution

A Tale of Three Churches

A Tale of Three Churches

This article was first published in the Summer 2019 print edition of Light magazine, produced by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. In January, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt stood side-by-side with Pope Tawadros II, patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Inaugurating the Cathedral of Nativity, the largest church in the Middle East, he … Continue reading

The Arrogance of Enemy Love: A Poem to ISIS

The Arrogance of Enemy Love: A Poem to ISIS

This article was first published at The Table. Many have been impressed by the forgiveness Coptic Christians have offered to their enemies. Beheaded, ambushed, churches bombed, shot in cold blood – they have not retaliated. Instead, though anger boils, they pray for their persecutors. In the links above you can explore the opportunities I have … Continue reading

The Public Spectacle of a Slain Coptic Priest

The Public Spectacle of a Slain Coptic Priest

This article was first published at World Watch Monitor. The images are horrific. Fr. Samaan Shehata, a 45-year-old Coptic Orthodox priest lay dead on the ground, stabbed and beaten by a young man wielding a meat cleaver. Blood dripped down his face into his long, black beard. Dirt discolored his flowing, black robe. His cross … Continue reading

Copts in Egypt’s Textbooks

Copts in Egypt’s Textbooks

  There is a general understanding that Egypt’s Christians are marginalized in the educational curriculum. An additional idea is that this came during an Islamization period in the 1970s, or perhaps during Nasser’s presidency. A researcher examined this question and described them on Mada Masr. Here is his evaluation: Based on an analysis of Egyptian … Continue reading

Podcast: How the Coptic Christian Church Endures

Podcast: How the Coptic Christian Church Endures

This ‘Quick to Listen‘ podcast was first published at Christianity Today, on December 15, 2016. Egypt’s Coptic Christians are in a state of mourning after a suicide bomber killed at least 25 people at a Cairo church on Sunday. “Egypt always tends to rally around Christians at moments like this,” said Jayson Casper, CT’s Middle … Continue reading

Copts Protest to Deter Aggressors in Upper Egypt

From MidEast Christian News (behind paywall): Dozens of Copts assembled in front of the governorate building, over incidents such as these: Adel Wadie Fahmi said his house was seized by eight thugs, who forged contracts to prove ownership of the house land, and asked him to pay two million Egyptian pounds, roughly 300,000 USD, to … Continue reading