I had the privilege this last week of seeing a short interview with Cynthia Farahat, an Egyptian political activist and pretty savvy analyst, as well. She appeared before the Human Rights Commission in the House of Representatives, and what she had to say to our honorable Congressmen was chilling. A Coptic Christian, she gave this commentary on the state of her home country.
And that's why none of the people that committed crimes (in the recent reprisals) against the Copts were prosecuted in any way. Because it is against shariah law (and that's a fact; it's not an opinion) to persecute someone (a Muslim) for killing, raping, torturing, or vandalizing the property of a non-Muslim. So this is our legal status. And this has been happening under the Mubarak's so-called moderate regime, an ally of the West, and it's happening now. It was only inevitable that they take their radicalism a step further and start killing Copts in the street in front of TV cameras with live ammunition and running them over with armored military vehicles they probably got from the United States of America."
But lest you think this post is all doomsday, Cynthia still has hope. She proudly announces that the average Egyptian Muslim citizen is not the problem. They actually helped protect the Coptic Christians and Churches during the recent atrocities. She fears for her safety for speaking out against the Egyptian State, and is unable to return to her homeland. She also fears for the future of religious freedom in Egypt. But I'm praying that her final parting comments are accurate and foretelling:
"Even if the near future belongs to the enemies of freedom, something profound has changed among Egyptians; none of them will be the same again. Freedom may look like a distant dream, but it is still closer than ever imagined prior to 2011."
Galatians 5:1 "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."