Christian 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.