I tried to tell you. “Christians face waves of persecution: Arab Spring has partly fuelled rise of discrimination and violence against Jesus’s followers,” by Harry Sterling for the Vancouver Sun, January 2:
…According to reports, Christians are being increasingly harassed, intimidated and even subjected to persecution and violence, including murder, in a number of foreign countries.
Paradoxically, one development which has unexpectedly worsened the situation for some Christian communities in the Middle East has been the dramatic Arab Spring revolutions which, while welcomed by many for overthrowing or weakening repressive and corrupt regimes, have also unleashed anti-Christian actions and violence against Christian communities.
In Egypt, following the forced resignation of former president Hosni Mubarak, numerous Muslim leaders and aspiring politicians began openly calling for restrictions to be imposed on Coptic Christians (and Jews), including no further construction of churches or repairing already existing churches. Several churches have been attacked, as well as businesses and homes belonging to Christians. Many Muslim clergy have called for Christians to be given a lower status than Muslims in accordance with the Koran, the Muslim holy book.
A number of candidates for the two political parties that did best during recent elections, representing the religious views of the Muslim Brother-hood and ultra-fundamentalist Salafi movement, have called for alcohol to be banned, women to wear mandatory head coverings and to sit separately from men.
A Muslim Brotherhood leader purportedly asserted that only “drunks, druggies and adulterers” oppose the implementation of Shariah law….