CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – A judge in Upper Egypt found a Christian teacher guilty of defaming Islam today and levied a massive fine against her after prohibiting her lawyers from presenting a single witness during the trial. Dimyana Obeid Abd Al-Nour escaped jail time, but she was fined 100,000 Egyptian pounds (US$14,270), far beyond [...]
Christian fined beyond ability to pay; civil trial looms.
Investigation continues even though school, government found no wrongdoing.
CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – A Coptic Christian teacher in Egypt accused of committing blasphemy and evangelizing in school was released yesterday after posting nearly $3,000 in bail. A judge reversed a May 11 order that elementary social studies teacher Dimyana Obeid Abd Al-Nour remain in jail for 15 days after she posted bail of [...]
Study shows Christians disproportionately accused, sentenced.
CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – A judge in Egypt on Saturday (May 11) ordered 15 days of additional incarceration for a Coptic Christian teacher jailed last week on accusations of blasphemy and evangelism. Three elementary schoolchildren and some teachers in the village of Al-Edisat, Luxor Province had complained on April 10 about social studies teacher [...]
Rocks, fire bombs, gunfire greet mourners leaving funeral of four slain Christians.
CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – Coptic Christians attending a funeral service here today for four Copts killed two days earlier in an anti-Christian rampage were in turn attacked themselves by at least 200 Muslim rioters. The incident, which started with a few dozen men pelting the mourners with stones, quickly escalated into a massive attack [...]
Judge quietly sends Coptic Christian children home; appeal denied.
CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – A court in Egypt has quietly found two Coptic Christian boys guilty of “showing contempt for Islam” but only remanded them to the custody of their parents, an attorney for one of the children said. In a case of alleged blasphemy that inflamed passions in provincial Egypt, a judge [...]
Second assault on Christian properties in province in less than five weeks.
CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – Muslim villagers in Egypt’s Fayoum Province attacked a church this weekend – pelting four Christians with rocks, setting parts of the church building on fire and tearing down a cross atop the structure, witnesses said. The second assault on property of the province’s Coptic Christians in a little over [...]
Two children to be tried for insulting Islam; family imprisoned for reconverting.
JERUSALEM (Morning Star News) – Among files on arrested converts from Islam, kidnapped Christian girls and beaten monks piling up on the desk of a noted lawyer in Egypt, on top is the case of two boys about to be tried for allegedly showing contempt of Islam. Attorney Karam Gabriel said anti-Christian hostilities in the [...]
Bill would create special envoy for religious minorities in the Middle East/South Central Asia.
(Morning Star News) – Christians worldwide just celebrated the birth of Jesus. For many in the West this was a festive season marked by worship services, gift-giving and time with family and friends. But for the church in the Middle East, fear of persecution cast a long, dark shadow over the Christmas holiday. Oppression [...]
Christian communities under attack in the region.
(Morning Star News) When Iran’s holocaust-denying President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proclaims, “Israel must be wiped off the map,” the United States rightly takes the threat of genocide seriously. President Obama, like his predecessor, is committed to preventing the eradication of the people of Israel. Conservative U.S. Christian leadership, as reflected by Christians United for Israel, has [...]
After assaults by covered women, is it better to risk harassment on mixed-gender cars?
CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – Coptic girls and women are wary about boarding Cairo subway cars – or are too fearful to enter them at all – after a series of attacks on female Christians on the transit system. In three separate incidents in the past month, women wearing the niqab – a [...]