Just days after St. George’s Church in Egypt was burned to the ground, thousands of Egyptian Christians are now left to deal with the aftermath of last Sunday’s riots that killed at least 24 believers and injured 200 others.
More than 1,000 Christians, who were protesting the church burning by staging a peaceful demonstration in front of a TV station in Cairo, were violently assaulted when attackers began throwing stones and firing pellets at them. Although security forces arrived on the scene when the confrontation escalated, eyewitness reports claim that… Read more
“The Copts, their lives and their churches are in danger.” It was the gist of an urgent message sent days ago to a governmental authority by Dr. Naguib Gabriel, head of the Egyptian Union of Human Rights Organizations.
Gabriel had good reason to be alarmed. In the village of Merinab in the Aswan province, the 100-year-old St. George’s Church was being demolished and burned to the ground by thousands of angry Muslims. After setting fire to the church building, which had been in the process of renovation, the crowd proceeded… Read more
INDONESIA – The prosecution wanted 10 months of prison time — a light sentence for the crimes committed — but the court sentenced 17 men to less than five months.
Last February a 1500-strong mob of angry Muslims set several churches on fire and destroyed another in the Central Java town of Temanggung. The mob also demanded that a Christian man be sentenced to death for “insulting Islam.”
Four panels of judges at Semarang district court convicted a total of 17 Muslims in connection with the violence, sentencing 16 of… Read more