Muslim Mob Attacks Church Built To Honor Egyptian Christians Beheaded By ISIS
As the American hegemony continues to recede across the world, the status of non-Muslims in Muslim countries continues to deteriorate. And the West continues to struggle to suppress speech and criticism of the most brutal and extreme ideology on the face of the earth.
Christians in the Egyptian village of Al Our are looking to build a new church in honor of the Coptic Christians beheaded by ISIS in Libya, a mass-murder outrage captured in a viral video circulated by the Islamic State. Thirteen of the 21 Christians slaughtered in the video hailed from Al Our; they had gone to Libya in search of employment. A church in their hometown would seem like a fine way to remember them.
Building churches is rarely a simple proposition in the Muslim world, even in the Copt’s ancient home of Egypt, where the current president is an outspoken opponent of Islamist extremism. As Fox News reports, church construction is possible in Egypt, but it requires special permission from the government, a permit not necessary for the construction of mosques. The Copts of Al Our dutifully secured the necessary permission from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
This prompted an angry Muslim mob to materialize at the current church of Al Our and stage a violent riot, vowing to prevent the construction of a new church by any means necessary. After the sun went down, the mob was no longer content with chanting slogans. “Things turned far uglier after nightfall, the witnesses said, as a smaller number of individuals threw Molotov cocktails and stones at the church, injuring several people, and setting cars ablaze, including one that belonged to a relative of one of the victims of the Libyan massacre,” Fox News writes.
Word reached the Egyptian Christian community in America, which has pointed to Internet posts showing damage and injuries from the riot, and relayed complaints that the local police did nothing to halt the attack, and the few people they arrested afterward were swiftly released. On the contrary, the Copts are fearful that permission to build their new church will be withdrawn, because it has provoked such a violent reaction. It looks as if they might be “asked” (in an offer-you-can’t-refuse way) to relocate the church to land outside the village. More