December 29, 2011

EGYPT’S EMBATTLED CHRISTIANS seek room in America. “This year, mobs have looted and attacked Coptic churches, homes and shops throughout Egypt. Churches have been burned down, and one Copt had his ear cut off by a Muslim cleric invoking Islamic law. Strong gains by Islamist parties in the recent elections have further raised fears among the Christian minority that they won’t have a place in the new Egypt. The plight of the nation’s roughly eight million Copts poses a quandary for the U.S. The pivotal Middle East ally receives $1.3 billion annually in military aid, and the administration has riled some critics who say it has failed to strongly rebuke the transitional rulers amid recent violence against women, Copts and other minorities. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a federal advisory agency, asked the State Department to place Egypt on its list of ‘countries of particular concern’—egregious violators of religious freedoms. The department declined, saying that its goal is to work with the Egyptian government to improve conditions for Christians.” Don’t worry, folks — “smart diplomacy” is coming to your aid . . .

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