Coptic Priest Killed Following Pro-Mursi Protests
Cairo, Egypt – in the Northern Sinai this past Saturday, a Coptic Christian priest was shot dead in what police believe was likely a sectarian attack against the minority religion of Egypt.
In this Muslim country, Coptics make up ten percent of the population. Father Mina Aboud Sharween was killed as he was taking an afternoon stroll in the neighborhood in the city of El Arish.
The Muslim Brotherhood, who has shown animosity to the Christian Church in the past, had expressed anger over the Coptic Pope Tawadros for throwing his support behind the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood’s President Mursi.
When armed forces commander General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that the military had deposed the unpopular president and suspended the controversial constitution the Muslim Brotherhood had pushed through the parliament, Pope Tawadros was by his side as a show of popular support.
The military promised free elections would be coming soon and that a basic respect of all religions would be maintained. The Muslim Brotherhood may be angered that Coptics celebrated Mursi’s downfall, but they should not be surprised.
The organization had shown it was indifferent if not supportive of the oppression many Coptics experienced since the Muslim Brotherhood took power.
Coptic Christian Priest Killed In Egypt, Mina Aboud Sharween Shot In Northern Sinai