Egypt’s pig farmers

As one of our commenters said, Egypt’s pig farmers are all Christians, swine being unclean for Muslims. The swine flu scare is being used as a pretext to harm Christians, as Egypt is demanding that all pigs be destroyed, even though the disease is not spread from contact with the animals (much less from eating pork, as some people are imagining). Those Christians are protesting, to the point of rioting. From Egyptian farmers protest mandatory swine slaughter – CNN.com:

Most Egyptian pig farmers are Coptic Christians, a group that makes up about 10 percent of the 80 million people in the mostly Muslim nation. Coptic Christians do not observe the Muslim ban on eating pork, and historically they have coexisted peacefully with the Muslim majority in Egypt.

The farmers also work in the garbage industry and use their daily collections to feed their herds, which number about 300,000 animals in the country.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Why let facts get in the way of persecution. I also wonder if these coptics would see their co existence with the muslims as peaceful.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Why let facts get in the way of persecution. I also wonder if these coptics would see their co existence with the muslims as peaceful.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/wcwirla wcwirla

    "Never let a serious crisis go to waste," as Rahm Emanuel says.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/wcwirla wcwirla

    "Never let a serious crisis go to waste," as Rahm Emanuel says.


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