Middle East Christians Facing ‘Extremist Atrocities’

Screen shot 2011-06-15 at 11.19.51 AM We have discussed the persecution happening in Egypt for quite some time, and today I wanted to share with you an article from the BBC where the Archbishop of Cantebury discusses the ethnic cleansing of Christians in that region.

Dr Rowan Williams told the BBC that the vacuum left by the end of autocratic regimes was being filled by extremists.

 

He claimed there had been more killings of Christians and burnings of churches in Egypt than people were aware of.

“There is no doubt at all that it is a very anxious time for Christian communities. There have been extremist atrocities already, especially in Egypt,” he said.

 

“It is a fairly consistent pattern over a number of months. Although at leadership level in the Muslim community in Egypt there is clear condemnation of this, it’s evident that there are other forces at work which of course may not be native Egyptian,” he added.

 

He suggested outside elements had entered Egypt from “more traditional sites of extremism”, such as Saudi Arabia and northern Sudan, and did not rule out activity by al-Qaeda.

 

Dr Williams said violent extremism had made life unsustainable for Christians in northern Iraq, in a way that amounted to ethnic cleansing.

 

“The level of violence has been extreme,” he said.

 

“More and more there is the talk of an ‘enclave solution’ to the problem in Iraq – that is a sort of safe territory for Christians, which Christians and their leaders don’t particularly want, but many would think is the only practical outcome now.”

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