Egypt’s Pogrom

The Simon Wiesenthal Center, known for relentless observation and investigation of anti-Semitism and marking out explicit intolerances, has called the Egyptian persecutions a pogrom:

The Simon Wiesenthal Center expressed its horror and outrage over the Muslim Brotherhood’s (MB) pogrom thathas destroyed at least 50 Coptic Christian Churches in Egypt. “While we do not condone the deaths of any innocent protesters in Egypt —nothing can justify such attacks,” charged Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper the founder and dean and associate dean of the International Jewish Human Rights NGO.

“This pogrom against Egypt’s historic Christian community provides more bloody proof that the Muslim Brotherhood is not a fit partner for a future democratic Egypt but an avowed enemy of the values of democracy, equality and freedom. The violent targeting of an entire religious community comprising millions of fellow citizens, its longstanding hatred for the Jewish people, its intolerance of any Muslim who does not share their theology or world view, confirms to the world what the MB really is— an extremist hate group.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center reiterates our call to the Obama Administration and the European Union to publicly denounce the Muslim Brotherhood for what it is, and to redouble international efforts to work with any and all Egyptians truly committed to a future society based on peaceful coexistence, and mutual respect,” Rabbis Hier and Cooper concluded.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • Matt Erickson

    Thanks for bringing this forward, Scot. Of course, we all want peace for everyone in Egypt, whether Christian or Muslim. That being said, there was not much initial media attention to the reprisals against Christian sites, whether Coptic or Evangelical. I’d encourage you to take a look at these sites as well from the Egyptian Bible Society (http://rameza.wordpress.com/) and SAT-7 (https://www.sat7usa.org/understanding-the-present-situation-in-egypt).

  • JoeyS

    This is a mess. On one hand, the MB is proving over and over again that they are not fit to lead democratically. On the other, even the peaceful protesters are being killed. Lord have mercy as our world tries to sort out this hate and violence.

  • http://lotharson.wordpress.com/ Lothars Sohn

    Hello Scot, such news are terrible.

    In a book of Brother Andrew (OpenDoors), I read the testimony of a former Muslim Brother converted to Christianity. He plundered Christian shops with his fellow believers in order to fulfill his Jihad and serve Allah.

    Loving those folks like ourselves is far from being an easy task…

    Lovely greetings from Germany
    Liebe Grüße aus Deutschland

    Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son
    http://lotharlorraine.wordpress.com

  • Matt Erickson

    Andrew over at tallskinnykiwi.com raises some questions about this as well (http://tallskinnykiwi.com/2013/08/seeking-the-peace-of-egypt/) then offers a blog post with actual details, including names, of Christians who have lost their lives and the impact on church property as well (http://nilerevolt.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/1198/). This requires great discernment and prayer.


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