Militants destroyed large parts of the Evangelical Church in Samalout, converted it into a mosque and held Islamic prayers inside.
Prayers in Delga Minya Egypt after the burning and the destruction of the church by Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi supporters:
A Nation on Fire: Tragic Losses for Egyptian Christians
Asianews reports the toll from violence in Egypt over a mere three day period. Hundreds have been killed, but there is little doubt that Christian churches, businesses, and organizations have been targeted. Here is what Asianews is calling a representative list:
[size=16]Catholic churches and convents
1. Franciscan church and school (road 23) burned (Suez)
2. Monastery of the Holy Shepherd and hospital burned (Suez)
3. Church of the Good Shepherd, Monastery of the Good Shepherd burned in molotov attack (Asuit)
4. Coptic Catholic Church of St. George burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)
5. Church of the Jesuits burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)
6. Fatima Basilica attacked Heliopolis
7. Coptic Catholic Church of St. Mark burned (Minya Upper Egypt)
8. Franciscan convent (Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary) burned (Beni Suef, Upper Egypt)
9. Church of St. Teresa burned (Asuit, Upper Egypt)
10. Franciscan Church and School burned (Asuit, Upper Egypt)
11. Convent of St Joseph and school burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)
12. Coptic Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart torched (Minya, Upper Egypt)
13 Convent of the Sisters of Saint Mary attacked (Cairo)
14. School of the Holy Shepherd attacked (Minya, Upper Egypt)
Orthodox and Evangelical Churches
1. Anglican Church of St. Saviour burned (Suez)
2. Evangelical Church of St Michael surrounded and sacked (Asuit, Upper Egypt)
3. Coptic Orthodox Church of St. George Burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)
4. Church of Al-Esla burned (Asuit, Upper Egypt)
5. Adventist Church burned, the pastor and his wife abducted (Asuit, Upper Egypt)
6. Church of the Apostles burned (Asuit, Upper Egypt)
7. Church of the Holy renewal burned (Asuit, Upper Egypt)
8. Diocesan Centre Coptic Orthodox Qusiya burned (Asuit, Upper Egypt)
9. Church of St. George burned (Arish, North Egypt)
10. Church of St. George in al-Wasta burned (Beni Suef, Upper Egypt)
11. Church of the Virgin Mary attacked (Maadi, Cairo)
12. Church of the Virgin Mary attacked (Mostorod, Cairo)
13. Coptic Orthodox Church of St. George attacked (Helwan, Cairo)
14. Church of St. Mary of El Naziah burned (Fayoum, Upper Egypt)
15. Church of Santa Damiana sacked and burned (Fayoum, Upper Egypt)
16. Church of St. Theodore burned (Fayoum, Upper Egypt)
17. Evangelical Church of al-Zorby Sacked and destroyed (Fayoum, Upper Egypt)
18. Church of St. Joseph burned (Fayoum, Upper Egypt)
19. Franciscan School burned (Fayoum, Upper Egypt)
20. Coptic Orthodox Diocesan Center of St. Paul burned (Gharbiya, Delta)
21. Coptic Orthodox Church of St. Anthony burned (Giza)
22. Coptic Church of St. George burned (Atfeeh, Giza)
23. Church of the Virgin Mary and father Abraham burned (Delga, Deir Mawas, Minya, Upper Egypt)
24. Church of St. Mina Abu Hilal Kebly burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)
25. Baptist Church in Beni Mazar burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)
26. Church of Amir Tawadros burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)
27. Evangelical Church burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)
28. Church of Anba Moussa al-Aswad- burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)
29. Church of the Apostles burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)
30. Church of St Mary arson attempt (Qena, Upper Egypt)
31. Coptic Church of St. George burned (Sohag, Upper Egypt)
32. Church of Santa Damiana Attacked and burned (Sohag, Upper Egypt)
33. Church of the Virgin Mary burned (Sohag, Upper Egypt)
34. Church of St. Mark and community center burned (Sohag, Upper Egypt)
35. Church of Anba Abram destroyed and burned (Sohag, Upper Egypt)
1. House of Fr. Angelos (pastor of the church of the Virgin Mary and Father Abraham) burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)
2. Properties and shops of Christians Burnt (Arish, North Egypt)
3. 17 Christian homes attacked and looted (Minya, Upper Egypt)
4. Christian homes Attach (Asuit, Upper Egypt)
5. Offices of the Evangelical Foundation burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)
6. Stores, pharmacies, hotels owned by Christians attacked and looted (Luxor, Upper Egypt)
7. Library of the Bible Society burned (Cairo)
8. Bible Society burned (Fayoum, Upper Egypt)
9. Bible Society- burned (Asuit, North Egypt)
While it is clearly the nation of Egypts role to determine its own future, there is pressure on the White House (according to the Wall Street Journal) to reconsider the $1.5 billion in aid that the U.S. annually provides Egypt, primarily for its military. Regardless, we are seeing a tragic situation with clear religious overtones, led by the Muslim Brotherhood.[/size]
I know I'm an atheist but I am angered at this, Islam professes to be a peaceful religion, no doubt it's the "no true Scotsman" fallacy. This kind of destruction wouldn't be happening without sanction from leaders of this "peaceful" religion.
Sorry to be so blunt - But Islam is a blight on, not only society, but humanity..
How can we rejoice the death of Christianity when the barbaric beliefs of Islam follow on, with impunity...
The problem with Islam is the followers are even less educated than those of Christian, at the 'grass roots' level..
All I need to add is Jihad - an Islamic term, which means the religious duty of Muslims...
Seriously, the religious duty of Muslims is to behead fellow Muslims?
How fucked up is that?
Two Christians Murdered in Egypt for Refusing to Pay Jizya to Muslims
Posted GMT 9-13-2013 19:37:3
(AINA) -- Two Coptic Christians government employees were shot dead yesterday for refusing to pay Jizya, the Muslim poll tax on Christians. Emad Damian, 50, and his cousin Medhat Damian, 37, from the village of Sahel Selim in Assuit Province, were contacted two days before their murder by the leader of a Muslim gang, who was identified by Watany Coptic Newspaper as Ashraf Ahmed Mohammed Khalajah, a registered criminal from the village.
Accoring to Emad's brother Dr. Samy Damian, Emad was contacted about 9:30 PM by a member of the gang, who demanded 10,000 Egyptian pounds so that he could buy weapons. "My brother said that he had no problems with anyone, does not require services from anyone, and does not have the money."
In an interview on Al Nahar TV Channel on September 12, Ahmed Fawzi, secretary for the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, said the two murdered Copts, who were members of his political party, reported the matter to the police in Sahel Selim and asked for police protection, but the police did nothing.
"A couple of days later the gang surprised the two Copts by going to their home in the morning and showering them with bullets, leaving both dead," Fawzi said. "The police know who the killers are but are doing nothing to arrest them."
The districts of Sahel Selim and Ghanayem are the most unsafe areas in Assuit and their police stations were heavily shelled by the Muslim Brotherhood on August 14.
Meanwhile, the security situation remains tense in the village of Delga, Deir Mawas, 160 miles south of Cairo in Minya, where Muslim Brotherhood gangs completely control the village after the ouster of ex-president Morsy. They target the 20,000 Coptic inhabitants by imposing Jizya on them allegedly to "safeguard" them from acts of violence and vandalism to their homes and shops. Despite the arrival last week of a new director of security in the province, the scene is still grim for many.
Rev. Youannas Shawky, Pastor of the monastery of Our Lady and Saint Ephrem in Delga, which was completely destroyed on 3rd July by pro-Morsy supporters (AINA 7-6-2013), said the practice of collecting Jizya from Copts started after the departure of Morsy and continues to be imposed on all Copts in the village without exception, pointing out that the value of the tribute and methods of payment vary from one place to another within the village. The amount varies from 200-500 Egyptian pounds daily, which are exorbitant amounts to many villagers. Rev. Youannas estimates 50 families have left the village so far.
Many Egyptian activists have sounded the alarm on what is happening to Christians. In an open letter to the Egyptian provisional government prominent journalist Fatma Nahoot said "Where is the government, the Interior Minister and General al-Sisi on what is happening to the Copts in Minya, including harassment, murder, intimidation, displacement and imposing Jizya on them?"