Egypt: Christian beheaded amid Islamist backlash

July 17, 2013 by  
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Another Christian has been killed in Egypt as the minority community continues to bear the brunt of Islamist anger following the removal of Mohammad Morsi.

Many Christians were involved in the Tamarod ("Rebel") campaign

Many Christians were involved in the Tamarod ("Rebel") campaign

Egypt, July 16, 2013: Magdy Habashi (60) was found decapitated in the Sinai Peninsula on Thursday (11 July), five days after he was kidnapped by gunmen. The shopkeeper’s hands and feet were bound.

He had been captured in Sheikh Zuweid on the same day that church minister Mina Aboud Sharween (39) was shot dead by Islamist militants, also in north Sinai.

In another anti-Christian incident, gunmen opened fire at a church in al-Manakh, Port Said, last Tuesday (9 July).Barnabas Fund reported last week on a number of other attacks against the Christian community in the days immediately after Morsi’s removal.

The ousted Muslim Brotherhood had depicted Christians as enemies of Islam and claimed that the protests against Morsi were dominated by Christians, making hard-liners even more hostile towards the community.Many Christians were involved in the Tamarod (“Rebel”) movement that brought down the Islamist president. Their plight substantially worsened under his rule as the authorities allowed, and were even complicit in, attacks and abuses against them.

Since Morsi’s removal, Christians have been expressing determination to seek better political representation for their community, having been discriminated against and marginalised for too long.

There have been a couple of encouraging developments to give them hope in this regard. On Sunday (14 July), Egypt’s army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said that no group would be barred from participating in politics:

Every political force without exception and without exclusion must realise that an opportunity is available for everyone in political life and no ideological movement is prevented from participating.

And the interim prime minister, Hazem el-Beblawi, who is putting together a temporary cabinet to see the country through to parliamentary elections in around six months, is expected to offer the finance ministry to Hany Kadri, a Christian. But there are concerns about the interim constitutional declaration, which Christian opponents say establishes a theocratic state. The first article combines three from the suspended constitution, which had been rushed through by the ousted Islamist regime. It says that Islam is the religion of the state and that the principles of sharia law derived from established Sunni canons are its main source of legislation.

Church leaders have called for amendments and for Christian representatives to be named on the legal committee that will formulate the changes.

– barnabas team

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