Militants Kill Christians for Ramadan

Will the “holy month” inspire more violent Islamists to kill Christians in greater numbers?

Will the coming month-long Muslim religious celebration bring with it an energized effort to kill Christians? Even mainstream media sources are admitting that this might happen. Already, Muslim militants have slaughtered a group of Christians, reportedly including some children. The Washington Post reports, “Gunmen kill at least 28 Coptic Christians in central Egypt.

Militants in military-style uniforms opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in central Egypt on Friday, killing at least 28 people in the latest bloodshed targeting the country’s Christian minority, officials said.

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But the Islamic State has claimed links to previous attacks against Egypt’s Christians, who make up about 10 percent of the population.

The attack also took place on the eve of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, a time when some militant factions have stepped up attacks in the past.

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The Minya governor, Maj. Gen. Essam el-Bedewey, said [….] at least 25 were wounded when the attackers fired on the bus…

An attack on unarmed people leaving 28 dead and at least 25 wounded is a horrific massacre. But what if it is only the beginning?

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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