Tuesday, May 31, 2011

What Has Pakistan in Common with Egypt?

Anti-Christian violence.


Anti-Christian violence continues in Pakistan and police are not pursuing the perpetrators, according to news reports.  A May 26 article in AsiaNews.it described the gang-rape of a Christian woman and the desecration of Christian tombs in the Pakistani city of Faisalabad. The publication called it “ordinary violence visited upon Pakistan’s Christian minority.”

In Egypt:

The last couple of months since the revolution have seen several explosions of anti-Coptic violence. In the grim, run-down, religiously mixed district of Imbaba in central Cairo, construction workers are busily rebuilding the Virgin Church on el-Wahda street, which was set alight by petrol bombs on 8 May in riots in which 15 people were killed and 242 injured.

And there's this opinion:

Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said Sunday that Christians in the Middle East were at all times the victims of conflicts and disputes which others provoke...Rai prayed for God to safeguard people in the Middle East and help Christians in particular to overcome difficulties.

“Christians have always been the victims of conflicts and disputes just because [of their religious identity] despite the fact that they are innocent. We ask God to help them and give a meaning to their difficult life,” Rai said addressing members of the “Christ is my Joy” foundation. Rai voiced hope that Lebanon would surmount the problems and crises it is facing, which raise serious concerns among its population.

Is there a problem Islam has with other religions?


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