According to recent reports from Egypt, Christian churches and businesses are still being targeted by extremist Muslim groups in retaliation for the belief that Christian groups are at fault for the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi because it is believed by the extremists, that the Christian groups did not show support for the new government. According to the Christian Science Monitor, as early as June 30, 2013, homes, businesses and churches were marked with red graffiti to easily identify them for destruction and burning. There is still rhetoric being spread that the Christians are behind the demonstrations against that led to the removal of President Morsi.
Amira Mikhail at Nile Revolt is a blog that has helped to explain the conditions for Christians and others in Egypt. She reports that the Muslim Brotherhood has stormed over Evangelical Church of Malawi in the province of Minya, by force then released the Christian ministry that worked and worshipped there. The Muslim Brotherhood states the the church will now become a Muslim Mosque. Mikhail’s blog can be found at the following link http://nilerevolt.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/in-photos-and-video-sectarian....
Mikhail has provided a list of over 45 Christian churches and schools that have been destroyed and burned down. It has been reported in The Christian Post, yesterday in Cairo, that after burning down a Francisican school, three nuns were ordered and paraded around the area like “prisoners of war” until a Muslim woman gave them refuge.
Mikhail’s blog lists 45 Christian churches and schools that have been burned down or destroyed. According to the blog they include:( http://nilerevolt.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/in-photos-and-video-sectarian.... )
This is a partial list of churches that have been lost.
1. Church of the Virgin Mary and Father Abram | Delga, Deir Mawas
2. St Mina Church | Abu Hilal Kebly, Beni Hilal
3. Baptist Church | Beni Mazar
4. Monastery | Deir Mawas
5. Delga Church | Attacked (Previously attacked with fire)
6. The Jesuit Fathers Church | Abu Hilal distict
7. St Mark Church | Abu Hilal district
8. St Joseph Nunnery
9. Amir Tadros Church
10. Evangelical Church
11. Anba Moussa al-Aswad Church
12. Apostles Church |
According to the Pew Research Center a survey of the Egyptian Muslims , about a third or 35% believe that Muslims in Egypt are hostile towards Christians. ( Pew Research Center survey)
Turmoil continues between Christians and Muslims as as the new government is being created.