the face of an unprecedented wave of violence directed against Coptic
Christians amid the turmoil in Egypt that has left hundred’s dead, the church’s
leadership issued a statement condemning the Western media’s biased coverage of
the events in Egypt.
“We strongly denounce the
fallacies broadcasted by the Western media and invite them to review the facts
objectively regarding these bloody radical organizations and their affiliates
instead of legitimizing them with global support and political protection while
they attempt to spread devastation and destruction in our dear land,” reads the
statement, according to a Google translation.
“We request that the
international and western media adhere to providing a comprehensive account of
all events with truth, accuracy, and honesty,” the statement added.
The Coptic Church also
reaffirmed its support for the military-backed government, calling on the army
and security forces to continue their fight against the “armed violent groups
and black terrorism.”
One of the oldest
communities in Christianity, Coptic Christians have survived numerous
persecutions in the past. But the recent violence is unprecedented. The
Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), an independent human rights
organization, has documented 39 attacks against Coptic Christian churches,
schools, monasteries and businesses since late last week, NPR reported.
constituted a majority of Egypt’s population until the Middle Ages, when Islam,
introduced by the Arab invasions in the 7th century, eclipsed their religion.
Today, Coptic Christianity comprises nearly 10 percent of Egypt’s 85 million
people, making it the largest single Christian community remaining in the