While tensions between Muslims and Christians in Egypt are not new, the recent ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has sparked a rise in attacks on Christians across Egypt. The New York Times reported, “A priest has been shot dead in the street, Islamists have painted black X’s on Christian shops to mark them for arson and mobs have attacked churches and besieged Christians in their homes. Four Christians were reported killed with knives and machetes in one village last week.” Additionally, BBC News has highlighted the beheading of a Christian man.
In December 2011, Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) chaired a hearing before the House of Representatives' Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission focusing on threats to religious freedom in Egypt. He worried then, “[I]n the last 50 plus years, Egypt has effectively been emptied of Jews. And, I fear the same fate may await the Coptic community.”
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: July 19, 2013