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Egyptian Christians Killed for Not Paying 'Jizya' Tax

  • Religion Today
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2013 Sep 17
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Muslims in southern Egypt killed two Christian men for failing to pay them protection money, CBN News reports. Muslims in the area are demanding that Christians pay them "jizya," a kind of tax that Islamic law requires religious minorities to pay Muslims, but the tax is so high many Christians simply can't afford it. Voice of the Martyrs reported that a Muslim man demanded a Christian in a village in Assiut pay him nearly $1,500. The Christian sought help from local police but to no avail; when he failed to come up with the money, several Muslims went to his home and shot him and his cousin to death.