The International Christian Concern (ICC) (www.persecution.org) a Washington D.C based Christian advocacy organization is petitioning the interim government to take immediate steps to ensure the safety of Coptic Christians, and to repeal current laws that stifle religious freedom for all Egyptians.
This indication is contained in a statement by its president,adding that this has been a historical year for Egypt where a 30-year dictator has been overthrown and its citizens are seeking to create a new government and identity.
He observed that amidst this turbulent change, Coptic Christians are facing increasing persecution and attacks. “We are continually receiving reports of Christians being killed and attacked, of churches being burned down, and of communities fearing for their safety. The blood of innumerable Christians is soaking Egyptian soil.”
He said that the Egyptian government is not responding and that currently Egypt is being controlled by an interim government, set to be dismantled by parliamentary and presidential elections this coming September.
King noted that most experts agree that these elections will instate a government controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood, who has historically persecuted those outside of the Islamic faith, particularly Christians.
He stated: “We have an unprecedented opportunity to pressure the Egyptian government to change its laws regarding religious freedom, before a more permanent governing force rules out all opportunities for lasting change.”
He continued: “ICC is petitioning the interim government to take immediate steps to ensure the safety of Coptic Christians, and to repeal current laws that stifle religious freedom for all Egyptians. Please join ICC in demanding legislative reform in Egypt in the coming months.