Muslims tied to the Muslim Brotherhood are targeting Christians and their buildings in Egypt in an effort at ethnic cleansing, according to an August 19 report on Fox News. And it boils down to their anger over the ouster of Mohamed Morsi, whom they backed, and who was removed from the president's office in early July.
The 90-million populated North African country only has a 10 percent Christian population in the first place, so the spiritual believers are already in the minority. But that didn't stop the tiny Christian community from vocalizing their pleasure at the removal of Morsi from office by the military.
And it is that vocalization that has now made them partially the target of an angry sect of Islamists who championed Morsi's sweeping constitutional changes, which threatened to turn the country more towards Islamist rule.
Secretary of State John Kerry stated less than a week ago that the United States "strongly condemns" the violence and bloodshed across Egypt. He also said that the U.S. called on Egypt's government to "respect basic human rights including freedom of peaceful assembly..."
But former Christian presidential candidate Abel Ezz el-Hariri told MidEast Christian News that "the Muslim Brotherhood continues its attacks on churches to implement their scheme, which includes ethnic cleansing, and the forced displacement of Copts."
So far approximately 50 Christian churches and schools have come under attack from looters, who have also set the buildings ablaze. And in one instance three nuns were paraded around like "prisoners of war" by the Muslim Brotherhood after a Franciscan school was torched.
Not every Muslim living in Egypt is an Islamist belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, of course. And not every Muslim in Egypt is attacking Christians, as evidenced by the Muslim woman coming to the rescue of the three nuns in the aforementioned incident of violence.