How Christians are identified in Egypt

The Arab Spring in Egypt is resulting in riots and persecution targeting Coptic Christians, who make up some 10% of the population. This weekend some 17 were killed.  See  this.

So how can Egyptians tell if one of their countrymen is a Christian?  Well, in an act of defiance and self-identity and so everyone will know their religion, the Copts wear their faith on their sleeve, as it were.  They tattoo a Coptic Cross on their wrists.  (We blogged about this before, but I found a picture.)

Coptic tattoo

 

 

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.

  • Kirk
  • Kirk
  • Jonathan

    Was thinking of getting one of those myself, until I saw Kirk’s pic. Now I don’t know.

  • Jonathan

    Was thinking of getting one of those myself, until I saw Kirk’s pic. Now I don’t know.

  • DonS

    God bless those who have the courage to stand for Christ when it means potential death. In the words of Jim Elliot: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose”.

  • DonS

    God bless those who have the courage to stand for Christ when it means potential death. In the words of Jim Elliot: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose”.

  • CRB

    Another interpretation of what is going on there:
    http://www.victorhanson.com/articles/ibrahim101111.html

  • CRB

    Another interpretation of what is going on there:
    http://www.victorhanson.com/articles/ibrahim101111.html

  • Helen K.

    DonS @ 3. So nice to read my favorite quote from Jim Elliot. To this day I have never lost touch with the Elliot family and have followed their legacy over the years. I well remember that morning in January 1956 (yes, I am that aged) that the news bulletin came over our little radio in Oregon announcing the massacre of the five brave, and dedicated missionaries to the Aucas. I was a teen-ager and -they were my heroes.
    I hope that 1956 is accurate. I could have the dates confused.

  • Helen K.

    DonS @ 3. So nice to read my favorite quote from Jim Elliot. To this day I have never lost touch with the Elliot family and have followed their legacy over the years. I well remember that morning in January 1956 (yes, I am that aged) that the news bulletin came over our little radio in Oregon announcing the massacre of the five brave, and dedicated missionaries to the Aucas. I was a teen-ager and -they were my heroes.
    I hope that 1956 is accurate. I could have the dates confused.

  • DonS

    Thank you, Helen. Yes, 1956 is the correct year. The story of the Aucas, and what ultimately came out of that brave sacrifice of five young Christians is a highlight of modern missions, to be sure.

  • DonS

    Thank you, Helen. Yes, 1956 is the correct year. The story of the Aucas, and what ultimately came out of that brave sacrifice of five young Christians is a highlight of modern missions, to be sure.

  • Helen K.

    Don@ @ 6

    Thanks, Don. I guess I’m not totally gone yet. (: Shadow of the Almighty, Gates of Splendor and others, including the writings of Elisabeth Elliot (since re-married) have been my companions. Years ago we had one of the Auca tribe members who had become a Christian, speak at our church. I believe Heaven will be full of many, wonderful surprises!

  • Helen K.

    Don@ @ 6

    Thanks, Don. I guess I’m not totally gone yet. (: Shadow of the Almighty, Gates of Splendor and others, including the writings of Elisabeth Elliot (since re-married) have been my companions. Years ago we had one of the Auca tribe members who had become a Christian, speak at our church. I believe Heaven will be full of many, wonderful surprises!

  • Gary

    This is the first tattoo I could ever see myself getting. Awesome!

    Now I want to point out something (even as I contemplate getting two of these, one for each wrist), in short order someone will make the claim that in America, getting tattooed like this does not make one a REAL Christian…. and that criticism would be on the money. Someone else will hastily have to add that NOT getting tattooed in such manner doesn’t detract from the reality of one’s Christian faith….. and also be entirely correct.

    Tattoos are not what is important. But Jesus bore the real marks for the whole world. I kinda like identifying with that.

  • Gary

    This is the first tattoo I could ever see myself getting. Awesome!

    Now I want to point out something (even as I contemplate getting two of these, one for each wrist), in short order someone will make the claim that in America, getting tattooed like this does not make one a REAL Christian…. and that criticism would be on the money. Someone else will hastily have to add that NOT getting tattooed in such manner doesn’t detract from the reality of one’s Christian faith….. and also be entirely correct.

    Tattoos are not what is important. But Jesus bore the real marks for the whole world. I kinda like identifying with that.


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