Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reportedly issued a decree over the weekend to create a panel to fight “sectarian incidents” in the wake of a wave of Islamic extremist attacks targeting the country’s Christian minority this year. Sisi’s decision is expected to take effect Monday, ahead of the Coptic Christian Christmas celebrations on January 7.Citing Egypt’s state-run gazette on Sunday, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency reported that ex-Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar, Sisi’s security and counterterrorism advisor, will chair the committee. “The new committee, tasked with ‘developing a general strategy to prevent and confront sectarian incidents,’ will include representatives from security and intelligence agencies as well as the country’s top anti-corruption body,” AFP noted. Father Boulos Halim, a spokesperson for the Coptic Orthodox Church, reportedly welcomed the move, saying it is a … [Read more...] about Egypt Creates Agency to Combat ‘Sectarian Incidents’ Following Wave of Attacks Against Christians
The president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) urged members of the religious minority in the African country to rise and defend themselves, arguing that the capabilities of Boko Haram, herdsmen, and other groups that target followers of Christ exceed that of the nation’s security forces. According to the Vanguard newspaper, Rev. Ayokunle Olasupo, who also serves as the president of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, declared:It is common sense that you defend yourself from danger that is coming, but if you think it is not good to defend yourself, good luck. Don’t’ be naive. If these marauders appear to be more powerful than the government and they cannot save you from them, then we save ourselves For about nine years now, these people have continued to kill, and it appears like they have more guns and tactics than the security agents. … If I allow them to take my life, I will be responsible for my foolishness. Vanguard reports that the reverend was … [Read more...] about Nigerian Group Urges Christians to Defend Themselves Against Boko Haram, Herdsmen: ‘Don’t Be Naive’
POLITICS 05/23/2018 06:58 pm ET Updated 1 hour ago The Babylon Brigade is led by a Christian but is tied to the brutal Iranian-backed Muslim paramilitary Badr Organization. By Akbar Shahid Ahmed WASHINGTON ― A mostly non-Christian militia linked to a brutal Iranian-backed paramilitary group secured two of the five seats in Iraq’s parliament reserved for Christians, according to official election results announced Saturday. The militia, known as the Babylon Brigade, doesn’t represent Christians at all, local leaders and international advocates for Iraqi Christians warn. They say the militia’s candidates, though Christian, won only because of help from Shiite Muslims. And Iraqi Christians are calling on President Donald Trump to live up to his statements of concern for Middle East Christians by pressuring Iraqi authorities to invalidate the results. But so far, the Trump administration has said nothing on the issue. Rayan al-Kildani, a Christian … [Read more...] about A Mostly Non-Christian Militia Won 2 Of Iraqi Christians’ Parliamentary Seats. Now Christians Want Trump To Intervene.
The British government has admitted that no Christians were taken among the Syrian refugees flown into Britain recently, with the Home Office rejected the handful of non-Muslims selected for resettlement by the United Nations. Despite the persecution of Christians at the hands of Islamic extremists in Syria having been declared genocide by the U.S., the European Union (EU) and even British MPs themselves in a 2016 parliamentary vote, the 1,112 Syrians that Britain resettled in the first three months of 2018 consisted only of Muslims.The Barnabas Fund, an aid agency which supports Christians persecuted for their faith, obtained the figures via Freedom of Information requests after “a protracted tussle with the Home Office”, The Sunday Times reports. According to the data, 1,226 (90 percent) of the 1,358 individuals recommended by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for resettlement in the United Kingdom during the first three months of this year were … [Read more...] about ‘National Disgrace’ – UK Home Office Rejects Syrian Christians, Refugee Intake 100 Percent Muslim
World International Affairs Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif shared a Christmas message commemorating the birth of Jesus to Twitter on Monday, as the Islamic Republic continues to crack down on Christian converts. Quoting a verse from the Islamic holy book the Quran, Zarif wrote: “The angels said, ‘Mary, God gives you good tidings of a Word from Him whose name is Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary; high honored shall he be in this world and the next, near stationed to God.’ (QURAN 2:45) May the blessings of the birth of Jesus usher peace and joy to all in 2019.” Although Islam does not consider Jesus to be God as do Christians, it recognizes him as an important prophet. While Christmas is not traditionally celebrated in Islam, many Muslims around the world commemorate the holiday in remembrance of Jesus's birth. Iran is also home to an estimated 300,000 to 500,000 Christians, primarily of Armenian and Assyrian descent. This Christian minority is … [Read more...] about Iran’s Foreign Minister Hails Birth of Jesus in Christmas Tweet As Islamic Republic Cracks Down on Christians