Thursday, September 8, 2011

Islamists Threaten to Destroy Upper Egyptian Church

Controversy has erupted in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Aswan over the reconstruction of St. George's Church in the village of Elmarinab. The originally church was built over a century ago and was recently renovated using plans approved by the local authorities and reopened in June only to face protests from Islamists from neighboring villages who claim that there was never a church on the site and that they will destroy the church and use its remains as a mosque if Elmarinab's Copts do not agree to remove the church's crosses and domes by tomorrow. More here.


  1. Times like this when islamist act so silly, I feel that the letter of Mohammed which is found in Turkey and a copy in St Catherine's be distributed to all mosques around the world.

    The English translations say the Christians are to be left alone.

    Besides one of his wife was a Coptic Christian.

  2. Agreed! I think that they would argue, however, that since so many countries in the Muslim world have abolished the jizya (the head tax) and the Orthodox are striving for equality with Muslims we have abrogated our agreement and are no longer merit Islam's protection :-/.