‘Incensed’ Muslims Surround Christian Home Accused of Being Turned into Church

Dozens of “incensed” Muslims in Egypt congregated before the house of a Christian on the accusation that was trying to transform his home into a church.  Security arrived in time to disperse angry Muslims before acts of violence were committed.

 

 

 

 

Bomb Placed by Coptic Church Dismantled Before Exploding

A bomb was placed by a Coptic Christian church in Egypt, but security was able to dismantle it before it exploded earlier today.

 

The bomb was placed adjacent to the building of the Virgin Mary Church in Helwan city, part of Greater Cairo.  It was reported immediately, and security came, effectively dismantling the explosive.

 

Islamic State in Egypt: A ‘Fiery Summer’ Awaits ‘Worshippers of the Cross’

After the foiled suicide attack on the ancient temples of Karnak in Luxor, Egypt—a tourist designation—the Islamic State promised a “fiery summer” to the Christian Copts and Sisi government.  The jihadi group vowed to unleash a number of suicide bombers—or “martyrs”—each to target the groups IS deem its enemies. 

 

 

Egyptian School Principal: ‘As long as I am present in the school, no Christian pupils will be accepted’

The principal of a preschool and primary school in Sohag, Egypt, has been openly refusing the registration of Christian students, simply on the basis of their religion.

 

When Copts and others protested—the current law of Egypt is on their side—the openly principal declared that “As long as I am present in the school, no Christian pupils will be accepted in this school.”

 

Retrieving Coptic Identity

Identity formation is a topic that is as wide as the width of each individual life. Identity shapers are everything that an individual comes in contact with  since conception  and until death; it encompasses name, genetics, place, history, family, friends, school, society, religion etc Language is of course a bedrock element in the establishment of group identity. Spolsky, in the context of second language learning, has noted the central role of language in identity formation and has demonstrated that speakers of a language can infer much more than regional affiliation when hearing someone speak: they can often correctly define gender, education level, age, place of origin, and sometimes even the profession of the speaker. He concludes that this ability to infer so much from phonemes themselves explains, at least in part, why language is such a powerful symbol of national and ethnic identity (181). The late Mexican-American activist Gloria Anzaldúa summed up language-identity fusion when she wrote in La Frontera that ―Ethnic identity is twin skin to linguistic identity—I am my language‖ (81). And certainly, colonial powers have long realized that the language of those they colonize provides a potent space of resistance through which national (or group) identity is formed and reproduced and that’s why they target it.

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