ICC: Egypt's Christians not 'second-class citizens'

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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Bill Bumpas, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

VP Pence and al-IsisiChristians are not welcome in the ancient country of Egypt, where they are treated as second-class citizens according to a persecution watchdog group.

"They're not second-class citizens," declares Claire Evans with International Christian Concern, "and they need to be treated fully and given the protection that all other citizens get to enjoy."

Evans and ICC report that Christians and other religious minorities in Egypt are thrown from their homes, face job discrimination, and are often the victim of lethal attacks by Muslims.

Control of Egypt's government was wrestled from radical Islamists in 2014 by military leader Abdel al-Sisi, who has repeatedly pledged to protect the country's churches from Islamist attackers. 

Vice President Mike Pence visited al-Sisi (pictured above) Jan. 21 during his Middle East trip, urging Egypt's leader to adhere to his stated commitment to protect Christians.  

Egypt is home to the largest Christian-minority population in the Middle East.

In a story picked up by The Christian Post, ICC reported in June that authorities chained the doors to a Coptic Christian church in the village of Saft Al-Kharsa, where there is an ongoing fight over legally recognizing the building as a church.

The same village is where Muslims attacked Christians in their homes over reports they were using their homes as a house church.

A month before the church incident, gunmen fired on a bus carrying Coptic Christians, killing at least 28 and wounded at least 25 others.

Evans says that nearly one year after ISIS terrorists displaced Christians from the city el-Arish, extremists are once again sending a message.

"Christians are not welcome in Egypt.  That's what ISIS is trying to say," she says. "They view Christians as outside of Islam and because of that, they have no tolerance for religious diversity or respect for individuals who may think differently."

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