Long described as "moderate" country, ethnic cleansing of Christians was going on long before the recent uprising removed Hosni Mubarak from office and hasn't stopped with the new regime. On New Year's eve there was a horrible scene outside an Alexandria Church when when a car bomb exploded, killing 21 Christians and wounding another eight Christians in Egypt were celebrating Mass.
This past Friday in the village of Sool about 22 miles outside of Cairo, local imam Sheik Ahmed Abu Al-Dahab, issued the call for local Muslims to kill the Christians because they had no right to live in the village. A few hours later the mob attacked the Church and set it afire.
The Rev. Hoshea Abd Al-Missieh, a parish priest who narrowly escaped death in the fire, said the clamor of the church being torn apart sounded like hatred.
I was in the attack, but I cant describe it, he said. The sound of the church being destroyed that I heard I cant describe it, how horrible it was.
According to villagers, the mob broke into the Church of the Two Martyrs St. George and St. Mina, and as they chanted Allahu Akbar [God is greater], looted it, demolished the walls with sledgehammers and set a fire that burned itself out the next morning. Looters removed anything valuable, including several containers holding the remains of venerated Copts most of whom were killed in other waves of persecution then stomped and kicked the containers like soccer balls, witnesses said.
After the fire went out, the mob tore down what little remained of the church structure. The group of Muslims then held prayers at the site and began collecting money to build a mosque where the church building once stood, said the assistant bishop of Giza the Rev. Balamoun Youaqeem.
Being a Christian in Egypt is not a safe thing to do. For example, there was the attack at the Abu Fana Monastery in January 2008, the Coptic News Network was in direct, nonstop contact over the phone with the monks in Abu Fana Monastery, 190 miles south of Cairo, listening to the barbaric criminal attack by more than 60 Muslims. Over the phone, they could hear automatic weapons gun fire not one major news network covered the assault.
The thugs, the followers of the butcher of nations, the laughing killer (this is one of Muhammad famous name) attacked the peaceful, harmless, and unarmed monks in their desert Monastery of Abu Fana that existed 300 years before the curse of islam reached Egypt, and again spread their butchery and desolation for the second time this year. We reported the last attack in January 13, 2008, and a similar incident took place in Minya in October, resulting in 20 people receiving injuries. In total, this is the eighteenth attack in the last four years by the same neighboring Muslim gang lead by a well known ex-police informer, and not one of these Muslim thugs were ever arrested or prosecuted.
One church was set on fire; another one was destroyed to the ground, Bibles, crosses, Icons, holy utensils of the Altars were desecrated, spit at, thrown to the ground, stepped and urinated on.
Four of the monks were shot and wounded. One was beaten with iron bars. (Father Bakhom ,Father Saweris , Father Veni , Father Micheal , And a fifth monk )
Three monks and a Christian that was visiting the Monastery (Father Maximous, Father Yoanas, Father Andrawes, and the brother of Father Mina who was visiting the monastery at the time of the attack) were kidnapped. The three monks were freed from the hands of the Muslim attackers and brought to the monastery the next day by the police, after thousands of angry Copts gathered at the diocese of El Minya, being aware of the extreme gravity of the kidnapping of symbols of the church, and the catastrophe it could cause in Egypt, and internationally due to the immediate reactions, and monitoring from all the Coptic organizations in the Western world. The condition of the three monks was extremely critical, they were barely alive, not able to walk or stand on their feet after they suffered indescribable torture for refusing to say the shahada ( Islamic profession of faith) and to spit on the cross. Every time they refused to recite the shahada they were stoned and even muslim women were spitting on them, putting sands in their eyes, ears, and mouth. They were lynched, lashed with electric cables, buried to their waist and stoned again, blind folded and attached to palm trees and beaten with wooden bats that crushed their back, arms, and leg bones.
In December of that same year a group of 20,000 Muslims attacked a different Church St Mary and Anba Abraam church in Cairo) and on and on.
Truth is even Egypt supposedly a "moderate" state is not moderate when it comes to religion.