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After Military Kills 500 Protesters, Islamists Take Out Anger on Egyptian Christians

(UPDATED) Bible Society director: 'Most Egyptians expected the violence. Nevertheless, it is heartbreaking to watch on TV this bloodshed between fellow Egyptians unfolding before our eyes.'
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Update (Aug. 19): As the death toll in Egypt approaches 1,000, a senior advisor to the nation's top Islamic leader, the Grand Mufti, explains the 'most reliable narrative' of events and decries violence on both sides.

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Jim Ricker

August 16, 2013  10:18pm

Although this is FAR from an endorsement of violence, the Christian community (we know it isn't everyone in the community) has endorsed the military deposing Morsi which makes those in the Xian community targets. They would be scapegoats anyway but, one should not be surprised at this outcome.

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CHARLES P EDWARDS

August 15, 2013  6:12pm

I should have been clearer. My dispute is not with the numbers but the cause. The article states that the military is the cause as if they are the ones doing al the killing. Egypt needs our prayers, the Christians definitely need our prayers. In upper Egypt Bible stores were burned and Christian communities are under attack. Unfortunately there is a segment of the Egyptian population that is placing blame for the uprising that removed Morsi on the Christians and they are getting their revenge by these atrocious acts.

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Sarah Smith

August 15, 2013  3:59pm

Charles, the BBC is also reporting at least 525 dead and over 3000 injured. The other facts in this article seem to fall in line with the journalistic consensus. While your friend may be doing relatively well, it does seem that many in Egypt are suffering greatly and deserve our sympathies and prayer.

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CHARLES P EDWARDS

August 15, 2013  2:42pm

Who published this article? Where are the facts to substantiate the "fact" that the military killed 500? Yes, the Christian community in Egypt is under attack and as we publish, they are sealed in their homes for protection. But verify facts before publishing inflammatory articles such as the one above. Having just spoken today with a Christian friend in Egypt, the story relayed to me was quite different, specifically, the MB is firing weapons at the others and are attacking defenseless people including children. Though this column is "gleanings", shouldn't there be some attempt to publish accurately referenced articles?

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robert puharic

August 15, 2013  11:54am

Although I'm an atheist and have considerable doubts about religion, this continued vendetta across the Muslim world against Christians is truly despicable. Christians are MINORITIES in many of these places and it's apparent Islam lacks the ability to develop a true, democratic, pluralistic understanding of human rights. Totally reprehensible.

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Sarah Smith

August 15, 2013  8:38am

Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ that they would have the courage to stay in Egypt and would be witnesses their Muslim neighbors.

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William Halverson

July 22, 2013  4:26am

It would be good for the new Pope of the Catholic church to meet with the new Pope of the Coptic Church. They have a common enemy. And the Protestants could learn from such a sign of unity. John 16:13 However,when He,the Spirit of truth,has come,He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority,but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Romans 8:16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. Psalm 51:11 Do not put me away from before you, or take your holy spirit from me. 2Ch 16:9 For the eyes of Jehovah run to and fro in all the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him.

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