Egyptian Christians murdered in their churches on Palm Sunday. And ISIS claims the “credit.” Is evil ever uglier than when it acts in the name of God?
The Islamic State labels Christianity a “western” religion. Yet Christians have lived in Egypt since the time of the Apostles (the Coptic Church was founded by John-Mark, author of the Gospel of Mark and “spiritual son” of the Apostle Paul)–600 years before Islam.
Yes, ISIS is trying to stir religious strife. Their hope is to generate protest among Egypt’s Christians, resulting in a violent backlash by Egyptian Muslims, leading to the collapse of government–and annexation by the Islamic State.
The plan is failing.
Ironically, ISIS chose to attack the Church of St. George, named for a Syrian-born defender of the innocent–a figure revered by both Christians and Muslims (there’s even a joint St. George church/mosque in Palestine). As a result, the vast majority of Egypt’s Muslims have come to the defense of the Coptic Christians and are taking a stand against ISIS.
Can we do any less?