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Bomb Placed by Coptic Church Dismantled Before Exploding

Coptic Solidarity A bomb was placed by 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 RaymondIbrahim.com 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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Egypt: Masked Men Open Fire on Evangelical Church

On Sunday morning, May 31 in Senoras city, Fayum, masked men on motorbikes opened fire on an Evangelical church.  Security forces guarding the church briefly exchanged fire with the assailants before the masked men fled on their motorbikes.  No one was reported hurt.

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“It Is Permissible for the Mujahid to Enjoy Young Boys in the Absence of Women”

Recently a number of Arabic language websites posted the following picture which is attributed to the official Twitter account of Caliph Abu Bakr of the Islamic State. The Arabic writing reads: “It is permissible for the mujahid [jihadi] to enjoy young boys in the absence of women.” The purported fatwa then justifies this position by [...]

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Graphic: The Carnage Committed in the Name of Allah

The picture below is one of many appearing on Arabic social media concerning the Islamic State’s barbarism and sadism, where those deemed “infidels” are treated as pieces of meat to be carved up for “fun.” The Arabic writing behind the masked savage reads, “One umma, one state.” Similarly, in a new report based on eyewitness [...]

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