Apr. 20, 2015 - 5:24 - Coptic Solidarity's Lindsay Vessey reacts to latest attacks on Christians
The Islamic State has just released another video where it executes more Christians, this time for not paying jizya — the tribute demanded of Christians according to Koran 9:29 in order to live under Islam as Christians.
In light of several alarming attacks against Coptic and Assyrian Christians during the first few months of the year, Senator Blunt agreed to lead a bipartisan, bicameral letter (enclosed) to President Obama raising the issue of the vacant position of Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia.
Due to the difficulties Egypt’s Coptic Christians experience in trying to build—or even repair—churches in their homeland, some end up meeting in Coptic homes to worship (and often are attacked for it), while others worship out in the open.
On April 12, Easter Sunday according to the Orthodox calendar, the churches of Egypt’s Christian minorities—Coptic Orthodox to Protestants—were, as usual, under attack. According to Egyptian media, three explosions took place in Zagazig vicinity on Sunday to coincide with Easter celebrations.
Coptic Solidarity 2015 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 11-13, 2015.