Roland Unger, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons All throughout last week, some five or six Coptic churches in Egypt have “caught fire”—the worst occurring on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, at the Church of Abu Seifein (named after Saint Mercurius of Caesarea, who is revered by the Copts). At least 41 Christians — 18 of whom were children — were either burned alive, killed by asphyxiation, or during the subsequent stampede. Along with the officiating priest, five-year-old triplets, their mother, grandmother, and an aunt were among those killed.
Considering that Muslims have torched or bombed hundreds of Coptic churches over the decades in Egypt — and often when churches are packed — it is, of course, difficult to resist that explanation. Moreover, this last week was the “anniversary” of when Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers torched 62 Coptic churches in Egypt in 2013, suggesting that the same elements may have been “commemorating” those events by burning more churches and Christians.
Even so, Egyptian officials, followed by media, Egyptian and Western, were quick to blame “faulty electric wiring” for the fire that killed 41 Christians. As many observers have noted, however, this explanation is suspect if for no other reason than that it was offered up literally minutes after the fire broke out, and, as is well known, it takes a serious, prolonged investigation before such a determination can be made — not minutes.
Here one is reminded of the torching of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, a nation which, not unlike Egypt, has also witnessed countless attacks on churches. In the days before the Notre Dame fire, for example, it was revealed that, on average, two churches a day were attacked in France — a country that holds one of Europe’s largest Muslim populations — some with human fecal matter smeared […]
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