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Gad and Arshad: A tale of two young men from two different worlds

What would happen if Gad and Arshad switched places? If Gad, the Coptic Christian, were to live and work in London, while Arshad, the Pakistani Muslim man, were to live and work in Upper Egypt? The question arises, would both experience the same problems and rewards as they do today? My answer is that they clearly would not, since it is the community with its values and ideals that makes all the difference. Continue reading

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Christian Persecution ‘Not’ the Center Point of Obama’s Vatican Meeting with Pope Francis

President Barack Obama’s meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican on March 27 revealed that the topic of Christian persecution, particularly in the Middle East, where it is most acute and is the deliberate target of fundamentalist Islamist militants, was not a White House priority.

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Egyptians say “Yes” to post-Morsi Constitution, and more, in national referendum

On the 14th and 15th of January, the people of Egypt voted overwhelmingly in a national referendum for a new Constitution to replace the pro-Muslim Brotherhood Constitution of 2012. The new 2014 Constitution was approved by an unprecedented majority of 98.1%, 19.1 million out of 20.6 million voted “yes”… Continue reading

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Egypt’s New Draft Constitution Raises Concerns Over Defining Islamic Sharia Law

A new Constitution for Egypt has just been drafted and sent to the interim president Adly Mansour for his approval before putting it to a popular referendum. A committee of fifty representing various factions of Egyptian society, as well as ten specialists in constitutional law, worked on the project that ultimately produced the final draft containing 247 articles. If approved, the 2013 Constitution would replace the 2012 Constitution known as the Brotherhood Pro- Islamic Constitution enacted during the rule of ousted President Mohammed Morsi (June 30, 2012 to July 3, 2013).

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Where is Obama’s red line in Egypt?

In the aftermath of President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster in Cairo by the military on July 3, Christian shops have been marked with red graffiti just before being attacked, a reminder of the infamous time in biblical history when the Israelites had to mark their doors with the blood of lambs in order to be spared the wrath of God manifested through the Angel of Death. This time, Christian doors are marked in this way as a sign of condemnation and vengeance.

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