Eye on the world: Protecting all people against religious persecution

In “Copts attacked: Can Egypt resist ISIS incitement of sectarian strife?” The Christian Science Monitor reported on the ISIS attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt back in April. The Monitor wrote, “The ISIS bombing attacks against Coptic churches is testing a fault line in Egyptian society. … After several years of largely escaping the sectarian violence and jihadist insurgencies sweeping much of the Middle East, Egypt’s heartland is now squarely in ISIS’s crosshairs as the group attempts to inflame long-simmering tensions between Muslims and the Copts, the largest Christian population in the region.” Ten days ago the Monitor published an Associated Press report on the most recent attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt. The article, “Militants attack bus of Coptic Christians in Egypt,” reported that “masked militants riding in three SUVs opened fire [on May 26] on a bus packed with Coptic Christians, including many children, south of the Egyptian capital, killing at least 26 and wounding 25.” As both articles report, political and religious leaders are working to end the targeted religious violence.

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