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Egyptian Christians Live in Fear as Islamic Government Takes Control

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  • 2012 Mar 18
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March 18, 2012

As Muslim extremists have seized control in the Arab Spring revolution that ousted longtime president Hosni Mubarak, thousands of Egypt's Coptic Christians have fled the country -- but those who remain say conditions have steadily gotten worse, The Blaze reports. The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, an activist group tracking attacks on Egypt's religious minorities says Christians in Egypt are being targeted, as evident in recent mob attacks on churches and Christian neighborhoods and Christians being jailed for "insulting" the Islamic prophet Mohammed or performing illegal church repairs. Additionally, under sharia (Islamic law), non-Muslims in Egypt have been denied many basic rights and legal equalities, forcing Christians to take jobs shunned by Muslims, such as collecting garbage, repairing sewers and scavenging in trash dumps.