Christians in Egypt in fear after blasphemy appeal rejected

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
 | 
Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

Coptic Christian church in EgyptChristian believers in Egypt are on high alert after a Coptic Christian lost his appeal to a blasphemy charge.

Just before Christmas an appeals court in Upper Egypt upheld a three-year prison sentence against Abd Adel Bebawy. He was arrested last summer for a Facebook post that allegedly insulted Islam.  The day after the arrest, a mob attacked the village.

Claire Evans with International Christian Concern says this latest verdict has instilled fear among Christians in Egypt.

"Because something as simple as a Facebook post would land him in jail for three years on blasphemy charges and create a mob attack," she warns, "it's really concerning because nobody knows how safe they are."

Evans tells OneNewsNow that Christians worry about collective punishment, too, which she says is "quite common" among churches in Egypt.

"In almost every incident we track it's usually the community who is suffering," she advises, "because of a perceived wrong of one individual."

The ruling is also a huge setback for Bebawy's family as his wife and kids have been forced to move to another village.

 

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What word(s) do you expect to hear spoken most often during the two nights of Democratic presidential debates?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

  Senate OKs bipartisan bill to care for detained illegals
Trump: China needs to reach a trade deal more than he does
  Defense presents testimony in Navy SEAL murder case
Victims question Kamala Harris' record on clergy abuse
Louisiana passes a minimum marrying age: 16 with parents' OK

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Clint Eastwood defies Hollywood, plans to film new movie in Georgia
Why Islam is incompatible with rest of the world
Anti-Trump crafters: A decade-long unraveling
Tampons for men: Numerous schools have installed menstrual products in men’s restrooms
Why do they hate children? AOC, Wayfair employees blast Trump for ordering comfy beds for migrant children

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Economic pressure behind Pakistan's decision on Bibi?

Asia Bibi releasedMoney and trade status may have been factors in the acquittal of Aasia Bibi in Pakistan.