A viral photo showing Muslim men standing in front of a Catholic church in Egypt, protecting its congregants while they attend mass, serves as juxtaposition to recent reports indicating the growing attacks on Christians by Muslims in the North African country.
The photo, which has been circulated around the internet, shows over 20 Islamic men, wearing traditional Islamic dress, holding hands in a line in front of a large Catholic cathedral. The men are reportedly protecting the Catholic Church from vandalism and attacks while Christian congregants attend mass inside.
The picture has gained a wide amount of media attention after it was tweeted by the Rev. James Martin, S.J., a Jesuit priest and the author and editor-at-large of America, a national Catholic magazine. Martin, who has 30,000 followers, tweeted the image, and it was then retweeted by his followers more than 600 times and made a "favorite" nearly 300 times. more >>
U.S. Christian evangelist Scott Lively has failed in his attempt to have a lawsuit brought against him by a gay and lesbian advocacy group in Uganda dismissed. A Massachusetts federal judge said this week he was not persuaded by Lively's arguments against allegations that he was partly responsible for inciting persecution against the country's homosexual, bisexual and intersex residents.
"We are disappointed with the decision because we believe SMUG's (Sexual Minorities Uganda) claims are firmly foreclosed, not only by the First Amendment right to free speech, but also by the Supreme Court's recent decision in (Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum), which eliminated Alien Tort Statute claims for events that allegedly occurred in foreign nations," said Lively's Liberty Counsel attorney Horatio Mihet, according to WorldNetDaily.
Mihet added that he and his team were still reviewing the court's ruling "and will continue to vigorously defend Mr. Lively's constitutional rights, with confidence that he will ultimately be vindicated." more >>
Christians in the U.S. and Britain need to "grow up" and stop equating being "mildly uncomfortable" with persecution, says former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.
"When you've had any contact with real persecuted minorities you learn to use the word very chastely," Williams noted in a report in The Guardian. "Persecution is not being made to feel mildly uncomfortable. 'For goodness sake, grow up,' I want to say."
Williams describes true persecution as "systematic brutality and often murderous hostility that means that every morning you wonder if you and your children are going to live through the day." more >>
The recent barrage of attacks on Christians in Egypt, including on members and churches of the nation's Coptic denomination, are of a scale unseen in modern times and being described as satanic, according to sources living in the country. The persecution watchdog group, Open Doors USA, says Egypt is engulfed in a furnace of fire and Christians are taking on the brunt force of the attacks.
"The attack against the Christians of Egypt is nothing less than a furious satanic attack that aims at terrorizing Christians, imprisoning them at their homes helplessly with no guarantee of protection so their love, peace, hope and testimony may be neutralized," stated an anonymous Christian leader, whose name is being withheld for security reasons, in a commentary obtained by The Christian Post.
"We, Christians of Egypt, are facing a severe time of persecution and suffering that we may have not witnessed since the Roman times!" the source explained. more >>
The parents of a 10-year-old Christian Coptic girl who was gunned down in Cairo while walking home from bible study class at the local evangelical church where her uncle serves as a pastor have spoken out regarding their daughter's death.
Jessica Boulous, 10, was killed last Tuesday after attending bible class at the Ahmed Esmat Street Evangelical Church, where her uncle, Nasr Allah Zakaria, is lead pastor. Although the tragedy took place last week, the girl's family only spoke with the media yesterday after police failed to pursue the case. No shooter has taken responsibility for the shooting, but the girl's family argues that the death of their daughter is a result of the continued violence against Christians following the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, in June.
"Jessi was everything to us. Her killers didn't know that Jessi was my life, my future. They killed our future. I lived for her," Jessi's father told BBC News of the tragedy. "I'm telling you in the West that your taxes and government money go towards supporting the killing here - by funding Islamist political parties." more >>
American Pastor Saeed Abedini's health has taken a turn for the worse and he is fainting from severe amounts of pain, according to his family in Iran who were able to visit him in Evin Prison, where he is serving an eight year sentence.
"Unfortunately, we have learned that Pastor Saeed's internal injuries are causing him increased pain," the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which represents Abedini's wife and two children in the U.S., revealed in a post on Monday.
"Pastor Saeed has been suffering from internal bleeding – the results of intense beatings he has sustained in prison for his faith." more >>