Christians Persecuted for Trying to Rebuild Their Church
by Ava Dixon
Mission Network News
This is a reality for Coptic Orthodox Christians in Egypt.Open Doors USA reports that Muslim leaders are requiring them to agree to certain conditions before they can rebuild their church.
When construction started on the new church, Muslim extremists in the village stirred up a group to stop the work. Eventually, the Samalout police department called for a meeting between leaders from the church and more than 100 Muslims from the village who didn’t want the church rebuilt. Police attempted to persuade the angry crowd to allow the construction of the church to take place with without opposition.
After the meeting ended with no resolution, the angry Muslims returned to the village. They took to the streets, shouting: “Egypt will become an Islamic State.” They also chanted hostile slogans against Christians and stoned the houses of some Christians. That brought fear to the hearts of peaceful Christians of the village...