|For Immediate Release
August 21, 2013
Manassas, VA – Amid the ongoing unrest in Egypt, NRB President & CEO Dr. Frank Wright has sent a letter to U.S Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to stand up on behalf of the country's persecuted Christians.
“I am alarmed by reports of targeted violence against Christians in the midst of the ongoing unrest in Egypt,” wrote Dr. Wright. “Not only have churches been looted and burned, but Christian individuals, homes, and businesses also have been viciously assaulted. Even Christian schools and an orphanage have been attacked in hate.”
According to reports, a wave of attacks on Egypt's Christian minority has washed over the country in recent days as Islamic radicals targeted churches, shops, homes, schools, and at least one orphanage. As Christians were scapegoated for supporting the military ouster of Egypt's deposed President, Mohamed Morsi, authorities have reportedly made no attempt to intervene. Moreover, few Christians expect any investigations to be conducted following the attacks.
"Since August 14, at least 47 church buildings and monasteries have been set ablaze or looted, including one Coptic church that had just been built after 13 years of haggling for construction permits," noted Craig Parshall, NRB's Senior Vice President & General Counsel. "Up to now the Obama Administration has not condemned the anti-Christian persecution that has swept that country. [And the] Congressional response has been muddled."
Earlier this year, the NRB Board of Directors, consisting of approximately 100 leaders from key Christian organizations, unanimously approved a Resolution urging the President and the Secretary of State to denounce "in the strongest terms, violence perpetrated against our embassies and our diplomatic staff as well as the on-going persecution of Christians around the world."
"We find this targeting of Christians in Egypt to be intolerable, and we urge that the United States act expeditiously in their defense," concluded Dr. Wright. text
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