Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Things do not go better in Egypt

Ethan Cole reports for the Christian Post The divide between Egypt’s Coptic Christian community and the Muslim majority is growing bigger as an increasing number of Christians are cutting ties with Muslim neighbors and turning to the Church for all their social needs.

Many Christians in Egypt are now sending their children to schools run by the Church, letting their children play on all-Christian soccer teams, and moving to all-Christian neighborhoods. The trend is in part a reaction to increased persecution by Muslim extremist groups that have grown in Egypt in recent years.

“When we all go together as Christians on those things (vacations to holy sites), we feel like we’re one,” said Ayad Labid Faleh, a Coptic Christian living in a Christian neighborhood in Cairo, to The Washington Post. “We’re secure, and we’re able to relax,” he said.


Abu Daoud said...

Sounds like the Turkish millet system, while sad, is totally understandable.

John Stringer said...

Indeed, social life in many of our Arab countries is still based on the dhimmi system. That is, I think, one of the greatest problems of the Churches in the Arab world. And the 'western' legislation is not upheld strongly by the arab authorities. They often follow social mores.