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Christian Church Firebombed in Alexandria, Creates ‘State of Panic’

Coptic Solidarity Soon after the end of the month of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr, another Christian church in Egypt came under attack. The Fathers Church on Gamal Abdel Nasser Street in eastern Alexandria was attacked Tuesday, July 21 by unknown assailants—some reports indicate three men—using Molotov cocktails and other homemade bombs which were hurled at the church. Egypt’s [...]

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Egypt: Three Christians Accused of Distributing Jesus Pamphlets Arrested for ‘Contempt of Islam’

Coptic Solidarity Three young Christians were arrested last Saturday in Alexandria on charges of “contempt for Islam.” The previous evening, the Christians, reportedly members of the evangelical church, were seen handing out bags of dates to Ramadan fasting Muslims. Some Muslims reported them to authorities, saying that pamphlets containing “the teachings of Christ” were found in the [...]

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‘Incensed’ Muslims Surround Christian Home Accused of Being Turned into Church

Coptic Solidarity Dozens of “incensed” Muslims in Egypt congregated before the house of a Christian on the accusation that was trying to transform his home into a church.  Security arrived in time to disperse angry Muslims before acts of violence were committed. A security source said that clashes between Muslims and Christians were avoided, confirming [...]

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Bomb Placed Alongside Coptic Church Dismantled Before Exploding

Coptic Solidarity A bomb was placed alongside a Coptic Christian church in Egypt, but security was able to dismantle it before it exploded earlier today. The bomb was placed adjacent to the building of the Virgin Mary Church in Helwan city, part of Greater Cairo.  It was reported immediately, and security came, effectively dismantling the [...]

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Islamic State in Egypt: A ‘Fiery Summer’ Awaits ‘Worshippers of the Cross’

Coptic Solidarity After the foiled suicide attack on the ancient temples of Karnak in Luxor, Egypt—a tourist designation—the Islamic State has promised a “fiery summer” for the Christian Copts and Sisi government. The jihadi group vowed to unleash a number of suicide bombers—or “martyrs”—to target both groups. Abu Zayid al-Sudani, a leading member of the group, [...]

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Egyptian School Principal: ‘As long as I am present in the school, no Christian pupils will be accepted’

Coptic Solidarity The principal of a preschool to primary school in Sohag, Egypt, has been openly refusing the enrollment of Christian students, simply on the basis of their religion. When Copts and others protested—the current law of Egypt is on their side—the principal unabashedly declared that “As long as I am present in the school, [...]

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The Return of Child Brides in Libya

The following article was written for by an American teacher in the Muslim world A few months ago, I had an interesting conversation with my manager, Rana, a Libyan in her late twenties.  The discussion began on how she, with many other Libyans, long for the days of peace and tranquility (under the “brutal” [...]

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Turkey: Christian Schools Shut Down for Distributing Bibles to Muslim Refugees from Syria

Turkish authorities recently shut down Christian schools belonging to the Association of Churches of Jerusalem.  Schools in several districts of the southeastern city of Gaziantep, where many refugees from Syria had fled, and in three other regions, were closed.  Although providing much needed humanitarian relief, the Christian schools were found giving Bible and other Christian [...]

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Al Azhar Distributing Free Book Dedicated to Discrediting Christianity, the “Failed Religion”

Al Azhar—arguably the Islamic world’s most prestigious Islamic university—continues to incite Egypt’s Muslims against Christians.  Most recently the university was exposed distributing a free booklet dedicated to discrediting Christianity, shock full of direct attacks on Christianity in general and the nation’s Coptic Christians in particular. Christianity is referred to as a “failed religion,” while Islam  [...]

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Libya: Yet Another Christian Cemetery Desecrated by ‘Salafis’

  Yet another Christian cemetery in post “Arab Spring” Libya was recently desecrated by Muslim militants.   Described by witnesses as “Salafi” Muslims, the grave vandals destroyed crosses and tombstones, and dug up graves in the old Christian section of Tripoli in the early morning hours of June 3.   Security forces charged with protecting the region [...]

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