Democracy On The March Update:
“Because they have built a mosque five meters away from the church, this means that of course the church, which has been there for twelve years, has to move.” Of course.
“Three Churches Attacked, Egyptian Military Sides With Radical Muslims,” by Mary Abdelmassih forÂ AINA, April 9:
(AINA) — In the last two weeks three attacks on churches were undertaken by Salafis or Islamic Fundamentalists in Egypt. The Salafis demanded churches move to locations outside communities and be forbidden from making repairs, “even if they are so dilapidated that the roofs will collapse over the heads of the congregation,” says Father Estephanos Shehata of Samalut Coptic Diocese. (JW)
Islamic law forbids Christians to build new churches or repair old ones.
Where’s Yilmaz when he’s fellow travelers need him?
(ANSAmed) – ROME, APRIL 8 – People’s committees to defend the Sufi places of worship that were destroyed or attacked by Salafite groups in the past months: this is one of the measures taken by the followers of this mystic movement, after at least twenty sanctuaries, according to their leaders, were attacked, particularly after the revolution of January 25 in which President Mubarak was forced to step down. People in Egypt fear that these incidents are a sign of rising interreligious tensions between the two groups, due to the conviction of Salafis – who explain the religious texts in an extremely traditionalist way – that the Sufi version of Islam is heretic. (thanks to the ROP)