Coptic Christians, Planning Church to Honor Martyrs, Attacked by Muslims
Fox News reports:
Relatives of the Coptic Christians beheaded last month by jihadists in Libya – their deaths immortalized in a gory video set against the backdrop of a Mediterranean beach – are facing new extremist-Muslim violence as they seek to build a church to honor their murdered loved ones.
An angry mob in the Upper Egyptian village of Al Our – the proposed site of the church because it was home to 13 of the 21 Christians murdered in the mass “beachfront” decapitation – descended on the community’s current church after the midday Islamic prayer Friday and chanted that they’d never allow construction of the new place of worship to begin, witnesses told Egyptian activists in the U.S.
Things turned far uglier after nightfall, the witnesses said, as a smaller number of individuals threw Molotov cocktails and stones at the church, injuring several people, and setting cars ablaze, including one that belonged to a relative of one of the victims of the Libyan massacre…
Some protesters also appeared at the family home of massacre victim Samuel Alham Wilson, but, in a gesture that provided some hope, were chased off by Muslim neighbors when the protesters started throwing stones.
In related news, Christians in the US are wearing orange and participating in the #orangejumpsuit campaign to highlight Christian persecution and martyrdom.
“We call on people to wear orange daily,” O’Leary told FoxNews.com. It says “we’re standing with you on this—you’re not alone.”
Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Pastor of Church on the Hill and Director of the Christian Defense Coalition in Washington, D.C., states;
“Across the globe today, millions of Christians are facing brutality, violence and persecution for their faith. Last year alone, reports state that over 100,000 Christians were killed for the simple fact of following and loving Christ.
“Hebrews 13:3 challenges the faith community to remember those who are in prison and being mistreated as if we were suffering and in prison with them.
“That’s what the #orangejumpsuit campaign is all about. We are sending a powerful and public global message that we are praying and standing in solidarity with the persecuted church and they will never be forgotten.