Christians flee Egypt town after threats

2012-09-27 22:32

Cairo - A Coptic Christian priest in Egypt says Christians have fled their homes in a northern Sinai town after receiving threats from suspected Islamic militants.

Father Youssef Sobhi says Islamic militants have verbally threatened seven Christian families in the town of Rafah on the Egypt-Gaza-Israel border. One shop owner came under fire by masked militants, Sobhi told the AP on the phone Thursday.

The families sought refuge in the town of El-Arish.

He said local authorities have not adequately protected Christians on the Sinai Peninsula, where Islamic radicals have gained influence after the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising last year.

Sobhi also said militants fired at The Holy Family Church in the northern Sinai. The church is built on the site where Christians believe the Holy Family first stopped to rest after crossing into Egypt.

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-09-27 23:57

    In our faces 1 You see, religiots, when we unbelievers comment here we don't do it all for fun. The reality is looking us in the face. Like the 100 lashes or canings of the 16 yo girl because a f...ckn cleric said so. Reported on this very N24 just yesterday.

  • zaatheist - 2012-09-28 04:23

    More proof that this god is useless and never actually does anything. The people are fighting and killing each other over which gang of sky daddy believers knows better than the other gang of sky daddy believers as to the best methods of flattering the invisible sky daddy. And the sky daddy. Does nothing to protect any of them. There is no point in arguing with Abraham's deluded children, any more than convincing drunks alcohol is harmful. They need their fix. That is all there is to it. Looking for reason in the whole thing is absurd.

  • juannepierre - 2012-09-28 05:19

    Religion is like the most magical fairytale ever told. I love fairytales, although I never threaten or kill over these cute children stories. Religion is a mans excuse to be a murderer.

      charlie.elford.5 - 2012-09-28 07:53

      Religion is the most DANGEROUS fairytale ever told and yet so many follow it...

  • tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-09-28 08:19

    So much compassion from our atheists friends here.

      cathy.dejongh.5 - 2012-09-28 09:34

      What is, is.

      cathy.dejongh.5 - 2012-09-28 09:37

      Self inflicted punishment needs psychiatric help not more praying

  • richard.bosmano - 2012-09-28 08:52

    And to think that Egypt was a Coptic Xtian nation for 600 years before these peaceful lot came and out bred and suppressed the original/indigenous Egyptians. Disgraceful

  • hugh.fowles - 2012-09-28 09:20

    I feel very sorry about what is happening to these Christians. May they get the vindication (from God), help, comfort and support that they need.

      zaatheist - 2012-09-28 12:13

      Which god? Perhaps the Muslim god is the right one because the Christian god sure ain't doing anything to protect his sheeple.

  • brandon.vanderventel.7 - 2012-09-28 14:09

    @DelusionBuster and other atheists: Don't forget to add the deaths caused by atheistic regimes: 50 million (Hitler), 20 million (Stalin), 40 million (Mao) etc... In contrast to Christianity, atheism has contributed nothing to the world except, mass murder and bloodshed. Don't also forget the charitable work down by Christian missionaries in places all over the world. More proof that atheism is useless and those who have their little "atheistic faith" are totally deluded.

      zaatheist - 2012-09-28 15:39

      Boring - none of those dictators killed because they were atheists. They killed for power. And, because you don't know what you are talking about - Hitler was a Catholic Christian who killed in the name of his god. Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord." -Adolf Hitler, Christian Mass Murderer I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord" --Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

      zaatheist - 2012-09-28 15:40

      "As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice". - Adolf Hitler, 12 April 1922 "We were convinced that the people need and require this faith. We have therefore undertaken the fight against the atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical declarations: we have stamped it out." - Adolf Hitler, 1933 speech in Berlin "I may not be a light of the church, a pulpiteer, but deep down I am a pious man, and believe that whoever fights bravely in defense of the natural laws framed by God and never capitulates will never be deserted by the Lawgiver, but will, in the end, receive the blessings of Providence." —Adolf Hitler, 1944 Now instead of reading silly books of scripture run along now and learn some real history. PAH! Pathetic

  • jans.opresser - 2012-09-29 20:24

    aahhh,the good ol western arab spring!now you are beginning to see with your own eyes that there was no "DEMOCRATIC ARAB SPRING" the radical muslims used democracy to drive out the so called dictators that kept them in place!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-29 22:56

      thatsickdisturbedbrotherfromnewyork, Keep your American hatred on your site of the ocean. Africans, black and white despice you!!!!

  • brandon.vanderventel.7 - 2012-10-01 21:15

    @DelusionBuster and other atheists. The idea that Hitler was somehow a Christian is one of the many myths that atheists have to (desperately) hang onto, in order to bolster their faith. It is common knowledge that Hitler's racist ideas and policies were in no way motivated by Christian principles. How any one can still believe in the "Hitler was a Christian" myth is beyond me. It is impossible to simultaneously believe that one should love your neighbour as oneself, and yet order the destruction of an entire race. By the way, for those atheists who make statements concerning the Bible, yet never read it, it was the Lord Jesus Christ who said "Love thy neighbor" (Mark 12:31). The genocides committed by the Nazi's were a result of their atheistic beliefs..."we have sinned against natural selection" etc... Please enlighten yourself by reading "The swastika and the cross" by Bruce Walker. By the way, true Christians like, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, paid the ultimate price in opposing the Nazi's.

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