2011 February 03 Thursday
Coptic Christians Fear Mubarak Ouster

Christian George W. Bush's foolish invasion of Iraq led to large scale persecution, killing, and flight of Iraqi Christians. Bush's push for Middle Eastern democracy now threatens the Coptic Christians in Egypt.

Weeks before anti-Mubarak demonstrators in Cairo began their occupation of Tahrir Square, Copt protesters in Alexandria were choking on tear gas as they faced down government police.

But now, many say they're rethinking their opposition to Mubarak's government, fearing its collapse might spur an anti-Christian backlash if the Muslim Brotherhood or other Islamist groups gain a foothold.

"He's the best of the worst," said Sameh Joseph, a church worker at the Patriarch of the Orthodox Christians Church in Alexandria. "Whoever comes after him might want to destroy us."

The West should let all the Christians leave the Middle East and with proper financial incentives Christians and Muslims could swap places.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2011 February 03 10:33 PM  MidEast Religious Persecutions


Comments
Wolf-Dog said at February 4, 2011 1:06 AM:

Yes, it seems that the Coptic Christians in Egypt are in the process of jumping from the frying pan into the fire. If there is a democracy in the Middle East, usually the majority will vote to decimate the minority. Similar to 2 wolves and a sheep voting to decide what to eat for lunch.

Tareq Aziz, as a Christian, was one of the most trusted deputies of Saddam Hussein, but in an Islamic Iraq, Christian Arab nationalists will become a distant memory.

WJ said at February 4, 2011 12:30 PM:

Let the Christians leave the Middle East and settle where?

Let millions of refugees come here merely by claiming to be Christian? Hell no.

Better we bomb any country that persecutes its Christian minority, and then carve out a Christian country from part of its land, preferably a part with lots of oil. Barbarism and intolerance should be punished, not rewarded.

Check It Out said at February 4, 2011 2:25 PM:

You wrote -The West should let all the Christians leave the Middle East and with proper financial incentives Christians and Muslims could swap places-


Well, wouldn't that solve the problems of the world, but I suppose that would have to be extended not only to religious people, but also to nationals, ethnicities, and everybody. So the above idea seems pretty dreamworld to me.

Check It Out said at February 4, 2011 2:28 PM:

You wrote -Christian George W. Bush's foolish invasion of Iraq led to large scale persecution, killing, and flight of Iraqi Christians-


It now seems that nobody agreed with Bush's invation of Iraq. I'm sure you were not one more Bush supporters in 2003, right?????

Check It Out said at February 4, 2011 2:33 PM:

WJ, you wrote -Better we bomb any country that persecutes its Christian minority, and then carve out a Christian country from part of its land, preferably a part with lots of oil. Barbarism and intolerance should be punished, not rewarded-

I think that is really funny how you talk about punishing barbarism and intolerance, by bombing other countries. lol

Bombing somebody else's country is just so tolerant and civilized.

Sycamore said at February 5, 2011 5:05 AM:

> Christian George W. Bush's foolish invasion of Iraq led to large scale persecution, killing, and flight of Iraqi Christians. Bush's push for Middle Eastern democracy now threatens the Coptic Christians in Egypt.

Whatever! It will probably never be above the fold in the NYT - or if so, only once. So it doesn't exist!


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