Egyptian police stop repairs of church damaged by muslim mob

by Kal El on August 25, 2008 · View Comments

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The tolerance continues. Tolerance for persecution of infidels, that is. And Egypt is supposedly a moderate islamic country.

Egypt police prevent Copts from repairing church:rights group

CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian police used violence earlier this month to prevent villagers from repairing the only church in their area, a rights group said on Monday, warning of a rise in sectarian tension as a result.

On August 17, “a policeman assigned to guard the Archangel Michael Church in Deshasha (Beni Soueif province south of Cairo) hit three women while they were taking sand into the church to fix the floor which was cracked as result of water collection underneath,” the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) said in a statement.

After the incident rumours spread in the village that Copts had locked up the policeman inside the church, beat him up and tore his clothes, leading to the brief arrests of several Copts and to threats of retaliation from Muslim villagers, the group said.

“The worrying rise in sectarian tension that we have seen in Deshasha is a direct result of violations committed by the police,” EIPR director Hossam Bahgat said.

“This incident must be investigated and those responsible held accountable.”

In Sunni Muslim-dominated Egypt, the law allows the repair of churches without a prior permit but church officials must give written notice to the provincial authorities, the EIPR said.

But according to officials from the Archangel Michael Church, the state security intelligence has prevented repair from being carried out at the church for the past 11 years.

Clerics said the church is the oldest in the region, was built in 1895. It was last renovated in 1930 and serves 100 Christian families in the Deshasha village.

“The Archangel Michael Church in Deshasha is but one example of the futility of any efforts to reform and unify construction and renovation laws for places of worship so long as security agents continue to violate existing laws in a discriminatory manner and with complete impunity,” EIPR said.

Egypt’s Copts — the largest Christian community in the Middle East — account for an estimated six to 10 percent of the country’s 76 million inhabitants and complain of systematic discrimination and harassment.

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  • http://tangentspace.net/cz Alex

    Why did I have to read all the way to the end to figure out that the Copts are a group instead of a person? Bad writing (or maybe it’s common knowledge and I’m incredibly ignorant)

    Anyhooo, darn those bad Muslims!

  • http://infidelsarecool.com Philip Saenz

    Copts are actually Catholic but belong to the Eastern Rite.  The pope of Rome is also their Supreme Pontiff.  Copts differ only in liturgy.  They have the same faith as Catholics and the same laws in morals or morality.

    But like everybody complains, “damn those Muslims.”  Their so-called religion, Islam,  is the most deceptive and the cruelest in the world.  Islam is more like an ideology than a religion.  It is more like Nazism and Communism.  However, the cruelty of Islam has lasted for about 1,400 years, much longer than Nazism and Communism.

    The Muslims are mistaken when they say they are Abrahamic.  Islam rejects The Ten Commandments.  So how can they be Abrahamic?

    Here are some examples from the filthy, violent Qur’an, The Muslim War Manual:

    “I will instil terror into the hearts of the unbelievers; smite ye above the necks (behead) and smite all their fingertips,” (Sura 8 Verse 12). 

    “Infidels are your sworn enemies,” (Sura 4 Verse 101).

    “Make war on the infidels around you,” (Sura 9 Verse 123 and Sura 66 Verse 9 ).

    Does that sound Abrahamic to you? 

    Beware the evil Muslims. They are some of the biggest liars in the world.  But Muslims do make “progress.”  Muslims have come a long way from the sword to bombs strapped to their backs as they explode them in the middle of a crowd of innocent people.

  • Storm-Rider

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” — Thomas Jefferson

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” — American Bill of Rights

    “Among the features peculiar to the political system of the United
    States, is the perfect equality of rights which it secures to
    every religious sect. ” — James Madison

  • Kal

    Alex, read the excerpt on the main page next time. The beauty of being ignorant, is that one can cure it through education ;) As for bad writing, again, see the post headline and it mentions Copts being Christian.

  • Storm-Rider

    “Among the features peculiar to the political system of the United States, is the perfect equality of rights which it secures to every religious sect. ” — James Madison

    Don’t be confused, there is no right by any religious sect to destroy American God-given Liberty; no right to pervert or overthrow our Declaration of Independence or our Constitution. Only religious sects which defend our God-given Liberty, our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution have equality of rights.

  • jennyjen

    dirty cops combined with a creeping Sharia law equals Christian Victims

  • Frances

    “Among the features peculiar to the political system of the United States, is the perfect equality of rights which it secures to every religious sect. ” — James Madison

    What the US constitution  guarantees is religious freedom for all and equality for  all before the eyes of the law. It is not peculiar to the US only, but a feature in all developed democracies. Sedition is a threat to the rights that guarantees freedoms including the freedom of religion.

  • Storm-Rider

    Islam as practiced by hundreds of millions of people is sedition precisely because it is a threat to religious freedom of non-Muslims. In point of fact, Islam has passed the point of just threatening the religious freedom of non-Muslims; it is actively destructive of the religious liberty of non-Muslims.

  • Storm-Rider

    No religious sect, such as Political Islam, has a right to overthrow our Declaration of Independence: 

    “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

    No religious sect, such as Political Islam, has a right to overthrow our Constitution: 
    Amendment I:  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
    Amendment II:  “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

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