Tuesday, April 09, 2013
For Christians in the Middle East, the practice of their faith is test of physical and spiritual fortitude. Last weekend St. Mark's Cathedral, the seat of the Coptic Church in Cairo was upended by sectarian violence. During a funeral service (ironically commemorating those slain during sectarian clashes), the church was invaded by a mob wielding sticks, rocks, and firebombs. The Egyptian police did nothing to quell the violence. When it was over the police threw tear gas into the church. Now Pope Tawadros is condemning the empty promises of the Egyptian leadership, which had issued assurances that they would protect this endangered community. Surely the international community and the US State Department should do something to intervene at this point. Particularly when just last month the US released $250 million dollars to Egypt as a reward for their "political reforms." President Obama has already promised more than a billion dollars of US aid this year alone. Shouldn't guaranteeing religious freedom and basic human rights for all Egyptians be part of that aid? Nina Shea, a human rights and religious freedom advocate will join me this week on the World Over to discuss.

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