There are those who protest that [the Egyptian President] Morsi should not have been overthrown because he was democratically elected. But in these arguments I often find confusion between an election (even if fairly held) and a democratic society -- complete with civil rights and an open, liberal environment. What Morsi was instituting was anything but. He was in process of putting his people in place everywhere, and had adjusted the constitution to suit his goals.
Since the military action of the last couple of days, Brotherhood supporters of Morsi have been targeting Christians in Egypt. Writes John Rossomando of The Investigative Project on Terrorism:
"Egypt's Coptic Christian minority has become a favorite target for Muslim Brotherhood supporters and other radical Islamists across the country in the wake of the military's decision to clear supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi from their Cairo sit-ins this morning.
"No sooner did security forces, backed by armored cars and bulldozers, clear encampments in the city's Nadha and Raba'a al Adiwiya squares did the Islamists turn to targeting Christian churches. Approximately 1,000 Muslim Brotherhood supporters set fire to the Churches of Abraham and the Virgin Mary in Menya.
"Angry mobs also targeted churches, monasteries and other church properties in Alexandria, Suez and a number of other cities in Upper Egypt, according to Egypt's Al-Ahram.
"Muslim Brotherhood members also firebombed Mar Geergiss Church, the main Coptic church in the southern Egyptian city of Sohag, burning it to the ground. Islamists had previously raised an al-Qaida flag over the church. St. Theresa Church in Assiut in Upper Egypt was also burned.
"'It is a climate of violence...and the people are scared,' Father Rafic Greiche, a Catholic Church spokesman in Egypt, told Vatican Radio.
"Sixteen Coptic churches had been torched by pro-Morsi mobs, including several ancient ones, the Egyptian blogger 'Big Pharoah' wrote in a Twitter post."
Original Report at investigativeproject.org
To read more about attacks against Christians and their churches see the August 15, 2013 report.
- This article was first published in Arlene Kushner's August 15, 2013 report.