Late in 2017 I travelled through Germany. It was the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
The occasion made the sadness of what I observed more poignant.Read more
The slaughter of dozens of Christians attending Palm Sunday services in Egypt is shocking.
News pictures of splintered pews and blood soaked carpet are so out of place with our conception of church as a sanctuary of peace, love and worship.Read more
When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then a white robe was given to each of them...Read more
The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed its condolences to Coptic Christians following yesterday’s murderous church bombings in the Egyptian cities of Alexandria and Tanta.Read more
The Australian Christian Lobby has denounced the recent attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt which occurred at the epicentre of the international Coptic Orthodox community.Read more
The ABC’s correspondent in China Stephen McDonell reported that “We discovered how seriously the Government is taking this when we tried to make contact with underground churchgoers in Zhejiang Province for tonight's Foreign Correspondent. From the moment we arrived in the South East we were followed by plain clothes agents”.
Foreign Correspondent will screen more on this issue tonight on ABC1 at 8pm.
For release: Monday May 16, 2011
The Australian Christian Lobby is calling on the Federal Government to apply diplomatic pressure to Egypt to ensure religious minorities, such as the Copts are safe and protected under the interim Government.
The ACL is increasingly concerned at the persecution of Christians in Egypt after another clash between Christians and Muslims at the weekend in Cairo.
If follows a clash a week before which left 12 people dead and church buildings destroyed.
“We would hope the Australian Government is bringing strong diplomatic efforts to bear on the interim Egyptian Government and at the United Nations in support of persecuted religious minorities,” ACL Chief of Staff Lyle Shelton said.
“Copts within Australia are watching with concern at the events unfolding in Egypt and the welfare of loved ones.
“It’s clear that since Hosni Mubarak was deposed, violence against Christians has intensified.
“We find no comfort in the news that a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood plans to run for presidency in the September election.
“We are concerned an Islamist leader in Cairo would be a setback for Copts and minorities in Egypt and urge the Government to highlight the need for religious freedom in the new Egypt,” he said.
"One of the dangers of this rhetoric [that contemporary terrorism is not essentially religious in nature] is that it causes the Western media to overlook or 'filter out' incidents of terrorists attacking indigenous Christians (and other religious minorities), because these attacks cannot be accommodated in the category of 'political violence'."
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