Attacks on Christians and other religious minorities in some Muslim countries by extremists have become terribly common. These same radicals who would kill over a YouTube movie as an affront to Islam often see nothing wrong in destroying churches and killing people of other faiths. That is why this story of the destruction of a Coptic Christian church in Egypt seemed like just another outrage until I notice one detail. The priest escaped with the help of his Muslim neighbors.
There has been a series of attacks on Christians in Egypt since Mohammed Morsi was forced from office. The latest occurred in Dalga where Muslims looted and destroyed the church. The priest, Father Ayoub Youssef said that he was certain to be killed when Muslim neighbors found him and helped him escape from the roof of his house.
As with our recent blog on a gifted budding civil libertarian in Egypt, these neighbors reaffirm that most Muslims detest this extremism and violence. Out of the ashes of this church, there is a shining example of hope for people of all faiths and non-faith alike.