"Incensed by the bloody crackdown that has claimed more than 500 lives, Morsi loyalists orchestrated nationwide assaults on Christian targets Wednesday, wreaking havoc on churches, homes, and Christian-owned businesses throughout the country. Coptic rights group the Maspero Youth Union (MYU) estimated that as many as 36 churches were "completely" devastated by fire across nine Egyptian governorates, including Minya, Sohag and Assiut — home to large Coptic communities. The group, alongside media reports, said that many other churches were looted or stormed in ensuing street violence Wednesday. Egypt's interior ministry told reporters in Cairo Wednesday that at least seven churches had been vandalised or torched by suspected Islamists" Ahram on line
On the tube yesterday an MB man told an interviewer that "no matter what happens Egypt will remain Islamic." IMO most Americns will not understand what he was saying. Egypt is about 90% Muslim, so the possibility that Egypt would not be a majority Muslim country in the future is rather unlikely. So, what was he saying? IMO he meant that the Mursi/MB government had effectively seized power at the bsllot box and was embarked on creating a Sharia law state that would ensure that secular influences would be largely eliminated from Egyptin life. This would be for all Egyptians not just those Muslims who want to live by salafist rules. The interviewee was saying that he and his fellows will not allow the cancellation of that prospect.
The Coptic minority has always been a prime target for the MB and other salafists. In this case the Copts serve nicely for the fanatics as surrogates for all the non-Salafists who are thought to be a threat to the "purification" of Egypt. pl