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Egyptian Christians

Reader comment on item: Rethinking the Egypt-Israel "Peace" Treaty

Submitted by Sameh (Egypt), Feb 21, 2007 at 08:42

Egypt has embraced Christianity in the first century AC.

Egypt has been invaded 1400 years ago by the Muslim Arabs and spread Islam by the sword and pushed millions of Egyptian to convert to Islam by different financial or criminal ways.

Currently, Christians (Copts) in Egypt represent around 20% of the Egyptian population, totaling around 15.000.000 citizens.

The Christians of Egypt are suffering from large scale discrimination in jobs, salaries and basic human rights.

Christians in Egypt are prevented from any important post or position in the universities, Army, Police or Intelligence. Many what so-called Islamic companies do not allow Christians to work in these companies or to buy the companies shares.

We had suffered enough of hearing the insults every day in TV, newspapers and in the streets. Recently books published by Islamic theologists and financed by the Egyptian government said that according to Islam, Christians has to be killed; the Christian women and moneys are the right of Muslims and can be taken by Muslims, according to their holy book (Quran).

Lately in the street someone had insulted me as a pig because I am Christian. Last year someone in the street insulted my wife as a prostitute because she is not veiled (hair cover).

Several abuse cases and kidnapping of Christian women and islamization had been reported in Egypt lately.

The Egyptian constitution shall be amended next month to confirm and legalize the discrimination against the Christians by stressing on the Islamic law as the base of Egyptian constitution.

Kindly take an action against this new fascism/racism and discrimination from the Egyptian government and other Islamic groups in the country.

* Radical Islamic groups, like the Muslim Brothers, are free in Egypt to harass, intimidate, and threaten Christians.

* The Egyptian government fails to protect the Christian citizens. In many cases, the Egyptian government even cooperates with radicals against Christians.

Egyptian Christians (Copts) believe that Israel has the right to exist and to live in peace.


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