CAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife)– Native Christian missionaries in Egypt remained concerned Saturday, June 30, saying at least two fellow believers were killed by suspected Islamists since Mohammed Morsi was declared the country’s president.
Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood “announced they would destroy the country if Morsi didn’t win, but they also said they will take revenge from all those who voted for [his opponent Ahmed] Shafiq, especially the Christians as they are sure we did vote for Shafiq,” am Egyptian missionary leader said in a letter distributed by Christian Aid Mission (CAM) group.
“Yesterday they began by killing two believers in [the area of] el Sharqiya because of this,” the missionary added, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The names of the two Christians known to the missionaries were not immediately released.
These latest reported killings came just weeks after video footage of a convert from Islam to Christianity being murdered by Muslims was shown on on Egyptian television.
That graphic incident, which was reported to have taken place in Tunisia, was aired on the Egypt Today program. That footage showed a young man being held down by masked men with a knife to his throat.
One man was heard chanting a number of Muslim prayers in Arabic, mostly condemning Christianity.
The man holding the knife to the Christian convert’s throat began to cut, slowly severing the head amid cries of “Allahu Akbar” (“Allah is great”), according to transcripts.
The Egypt Today presenter was reportedly distressed by the scenes and openly wondered what direction his nation would go under the influential Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis groups.
Native missionaries and other Christians said the footage of the brutal beheading was the latest indication of what they called “the violent threat to religious freedom” in the post-Arab Spring revolution-era….
However “Liberal Muslims are also afraid,” the missionary leader acknowledged in the letter, adding that, “They also do not want the country to be turned from a civil one to a religious one like Iran.”…