Islamists Torch Franciscan School – Parade Nuns Like “War Criminals”
Islamists torched a Franciscan School in Egypt this week.
Then they paraded the nuns down the street “like war criminals.”
Islamists torched at least 30 churches this week across Egypt.
The AP reported:
After torching a Franciscan school, Islamists paraded three nuns on the streets like “prisoners of war” before a Muslim woman offered them refuge. Two other women working at the school were sexually harassed and abused as they fought their way through a mob.
In the four days since security forces cleared two sit-in camps by supporters of Egypt’s ousted president, Islamists have attacked dozens of Coptic churches along with homes and businesses owned by the Christian minority. The campaign of intimidation appears to be a warning to Christians outside Cairo to stand down from political activism.
Christians have long suffered from discrimination and violence in Muslim majority Egypt, where they make up 10 percent of the population of 90 million. Attacks increased after the Islamists rose to power in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising that drove Hosni Mubarak from power, emboldening extremists. But Christians have come further under fire since President Mohammed Morsi was ousted on July 3, sparking a wave of Islamist anger led by Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.
Nearly 40 churches have been looted and torched, while 23 others have been attacked and heavily damaged since Wednesday, when chaos erupted after Egypt’s military-backed interim administration moved in to clear two camps packed with protesters calling for Morsi’s reinstatement, killing scores of protesters and sparking deadly clashes nationwide.
The congregation at Virgin Mary Church in Fayoum help mass today in the burned out ruins.
Torched Virgin Mary church in Fayoum. They had mass this morning in burned out building pic.twitter.com/MfBsnKsGAB
— Kristen Chick (@kristenchick) August 18, 2013