Sadly, the death toll continues to rise in Egypt as religious tempers clash between Christians, Egyptian Military and members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Recently, seven Christians were murdered, 17 kidnapped and hundreds injured.
Earlier this month hundreds more were killed when security forces interrupted the protest camps in the capital. Among the victims, was the 17-year-old daughter of Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohammed al-Beltagi.
According to the BBC News, there is word coming out of Egypt that Beltagi was arrested Thursday, while inside a flat on the outskirts of Cairo. Beltagi, secretary-general of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, is accused of inciting violence later carried out by Brotherhood members.
This move comes after Egypt’s military put pressure on Brotherhood leaders for inciting riotous violence following the eviction of former President Mohammed Morsi. It is believed that former labor minister Khaled al-Azhari, along with hundreds of Islamist movement members, are also being held in custody.
As a result of the violence in Egypt, Christian facilities have been targeted; leaving destruction and damage to more than 200 privately owned religious centers and a barrage of homes, churches and orphanages in ruin.
It has long been known that the terrorist group Hezbollah has deep roots in Michigan along with Al-Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood and other known terrorists groups.
Headlines were littered with reports of violence here in Michigan between Muslims and Christians during an annual fair last year. Many remember the anger displayed during the Michigan Arab Festival in Dearborn, Michigan.
The obvious hostility and anger between Christians and Muslims during what was thought to be a celebration, was very clear and disturbing to watch. Those who have already seen the popular video place blame on both sides giving no lenience to either side.
“With so many people being killed because of following the God we serve, why are Christians who are supposed to be acting out in love carrying signs that clearly bring anger not conversation?” K. Jones of Detroit goes on to add, “This thing in Egypt makes me sad but what’s happening in my own backyard makes me want to vomit!”
V. Harris of Detroit says, “The Bible says those who are peacemakers are blessed but I can’t believe the amount of violence that happens in the name of Jesus.”
The unprecedented violence against Christians in Egypt has captured the attention of the world. With the loss of so many lives and friction in the region wreaking havoc on the innocent, most struggle to understand.
‘Open Doors USA’ is a Christian ministry planted directly in the center of the chaos in Egypt and sources from the group have reported witnessing horrendous actions that have left many homeless, severely injured and existing in a constant state of terror.
Open Doors have put the call out to everyone for immediate help with financial support of those hit by the violence while defending personal faith.
“Christians in the West must understand that the rampage against the followers of Jesus is targeted and intentional,” says Open Doors USA President/CEO Dr. David Curry. “Unless we pray, advocate and support those faithful believers who are under attack, the persecution will continue and perhaps widen.”
To help right now with a donation go to http://www.opendoorsusa.org/ and click the “Help Egypt” icon.