By Walid Shoebat And Theodore Shoebat
In the Minya province of Egypt, Christians built a church in dedication to the twenty-one Christian Copts who were beheaded by ISIS. The construction of the church was accepted by Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi, but this did not stop a mob of Muslims from surrounding the church, threatening with death the families of the twenty-one Copts. Muslims youths tossed molotov cocktails into the church and burned it down. According to one Egyptian report:
On Friday, scores of mostly young Muslims gathered in the Minya governorate after midday prayer, demonstrating in front of a church under construction there. They chanted that there is no way the church would be built.
After a while, the crowd vanished, but later in the night a smaller number of anonymous militants attacked the church with Molotov cocktails. In the attack, seven people were injured, and one car was left burning.
In February, Copts in Minya’s Our Village called for a church to be established in the village honouring 20 Coptic Egyptian workers beheaded in Libya. They died at the hands of Islamic State militants in Libya, according to religious freedoms researcher at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) Ishak Ibrahim.
Thirteen of the beheaded Coptic workers were from the village. Ibrahim told Daily News Egypt that, during their funeral, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb said President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi agreed for the church to be built.
Coptic residents bought land and started the church’s construction, sparking protests from Muslim residents who were angered by the church. The Muslim residents were unhappy at the church’s proposed presence and its position at the entrance to the village.
Here is a video showing the mob, and also testimonies of the relatives of the 21 beheaded Copts:
The first part of the video is a witness testimony who video taped Muslim mobs crying out “by our soul and blood we sacrifice to Islam”. Then the wife of Samuel, the wife of one of the 21 martyred Copts testified that Muslims told her “we want to destroy you” she asked “destroy us why. What is between us and you?” “I am a wife who is suffering for her beloved [husband”.
Attacking churches and properties belonging to Christians marked the aftermath of the violent dispersal of pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in August 2013. “Crowds of men attacked at least 42 churches, burning or damaging 37, as well as dozens of other Christian religious institutions” throughout the country in protest against the support of Christians to the military’s power takeover, according to Human Rights Watch.
In the same village of Minya, Muslims revere a “holy camel,” and drink its urine, believing that it has sacred healing powers. They mix its urine with milk and drink it. Here is a video (start at 2:50 to see the insanity of them mixing the urine with milk)
While people are allowed to venerate a came and consume its urine, in this same village you are now allowed to build a church. It is no wonder that the earliest Christians were said to “have turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6), Christianity turns the world from its insanity to civilization. Muslims will argue that these church burnings are isolated incidences. What then do they have to say about all of the churches in Egypt that have been burned in one year alone. Click here to see all of the photos of these sacked churches.