Tagged with Terrorism

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Base, Council

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Base, Council

God, Terrorism is defeated neither by force nor ideology. Yet they dare not be neglected. Egypt took a step in both directions this week. God, give her success. A military base was inaugurated toward the Libyan border. And the president formalized an anti-extremism council, with representatives also from the Azhar and Orthodox church. May the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Death and Cancelation

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Death and Cancelation

God, Five more policemen were killed today. Several high-profile militants were killed this week. And to avoid adding their number to the roll, Egypt’s churches canceled summer activities for the next three weeks. The intelligence services are finding material – warning the Christians and raiding the hideouts. Yet extremist elements are finding recruits – threatening … Continue reading

How the Egyptian Church Secures Itself

How the Egyptian Church Secures Itself

This article was first published at TIMEP. This past Palm Sunday two suicide bombers killed over 45 people at two churches in northern Egypt. One made his way all the way to the altar at St. George’s Cathedral in the Nile Delta city of Tanta, while the other was stopped at the gate outside St. … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Judges, Tribes

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Judges, Tribes

God, Two feuds escalated this week. One reached a preliminary conclusion, the other a concerning jolt. It may not be proper to pray mend the fences, but rather in wisdom to put all things right. After months of debate and clear judicial opposition, the president signed a parliament-ratified bill to select the chief judge of … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Aya, Easter

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Aya, Easter

God, Easter passed peacefully, but not Egypt. Though there were no troubles on the holiday, others sandwiched. A few days earlier Copts praying in a village were pelted with stones, as police looked on. A few days later terrorism struck at St. Catherine’s Monastery in the southern Sinai, as police responded. One officer died, a … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Palm Sunday

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Palm Sunday

God, Easter is coming. May it be safe for Egyptian Christians. Sunday is coming, and Monday after that, and Tuesday… May it be safe for Egyptians. Forty-five people are dead after twin suicide bombings at churches on the start of Holy Week. Among them are Muslims, though only one faith was targeted. This time. Some … Continue reading

Arabs: Disproportionate Troublemakers or Victims?

Arabs: Disproportionate Troublemakers or Victims?

Here is a sobering stat related by the Economist. Interpret it as you will: Horrifyingly, although home to only 5% of the world’s population, in 2014 the Arab world accounted for 45% of the world’s terrorism, 68% of its battle-related deaths, 47% of its internally displaced and 58% of its refugees. Surely there is no … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Assassination, Funeral

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Assassination, Funeral

God, Egypt witnessed a frightful return, disturbing a relative quiet. The pattern subsided but not that long ago was a viable threat. May it not be a portent of things to come. A car bomb detonated in an upper class neighborhood, injuring one bystander but missing the deputy prosecutor-general. Fifteen months ago, his positional superior … Continue reading

Arab Christians and the Marrakesh Declaration

Arab Christians and the Marrakesh Declaration

This article was first published at Christianity Today in the April print edition. With the lilt characteristic of a Southern megachurch pastor, Bob Roberts Jr. introduced the most significant Muslim statement on religious freedom in 1,400 years. “I am a Texan, an evangelical, and a Baptist,” the NorthWood Church leader told the crowd of more … Continue reading

Egypt and the Agony of Ongoing Tragedy

Egypt and the Agony of Ongoing Tragedy

This article was first published at Providence Magazine: 6am in Cairo, May 19, I woke to the news of another disaster. EgyptAir flight 804 fell out of the sky en route from Paris, France. The world wondered terrorism. Egypt pondered the same, but the cause almost didn’t matter. With many Egyptians I exhaled deeply, sighing … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Fire in Cairo

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Fire in Cairo

God, Once before, Cairo burned. With fire true and abstract, she is threatened again. The incidents are curious, God, and in the sequential diversity conspiracy spins. Familiar foes blame each other, while official authorities blame faulty wiring. Settle the cause of every and all, holding accountable for each liability. Connect the dots or prove them … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Christmas, Terror

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Christmas, Terror

God, As Egypt receives echoes of both hope and horror, make true the promise and put down the threat. Help the people live in peace. The president once again visited the papal cathedral for Christmas mass. He esteemed the unity of the nation and assured all destroyed churches would be repaired this year. But terrorists … Continue reading