The first 21 martyrs of 2011

As I’m sure most of you have heard by now, a bomb exploded outside of a Coptic Orthodox church in Alexandria, Egypt, shortly after a New Year’s Liturgy, martyring 21 Christians and injuring at least 96 others. Though the event has been discussed in the American news media, which small amount of attention is even a change in the right direction given the usual policy of ignoring the plight of Christians in the Middle East, I will not post a link to any of the articles here because of their pro-Islamic bias. Nearly all of the articles that I’ve seen in the mainstream Western media talk about Egypt’s “sectarian divide” and contain longer sections on the “riots” that followed the bombing than on the plain facts: Adherents of Islam, a barbaric pseudo-religion of hatred and violence, are persecuting our Orthodox Christian brothers and sisters in Egypt. That some Muslim bystanders were also injured in the blast, as President Obama’s statement pointed out, does not negate the fact that the attack was specifically planned by Muslims in order to murder Christians while they worshiped. That the Christians of Egypt are angry and that this anger led to clashes with the pro-Islamic police of Egypt after the attacks is understandable and does not negate the fact that it is Muslims attacking Christians, not Christians attacking Muslims. No Coptic Orthodox Christians placed a bomb outside of a mosque to explode after Islamic prayers to their “god.” The talk of a “sectarian divide” is pro-Islamic media propaganda; there is no “sectarian divide” or “civil unrest” — there are Muslims attacking Christians while they worship.

Please keep all of that in mind and please keep the Christians of Egypt in your prayers. May the memory of the 21 New-Martyrs for Christ be eternal and may they intercede for the Christians of Egypt and for all of us before the Throne of God — the One True God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


“The LORD Almighty will bless them, saying, ‘Blessed be Egypt my people…'” – Isaiah 19:25

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