Egypt’s Christians

Steve Inskeep has a fine look at the issues and problems facing Egypt’s Christians since the ousting of Mubarak.  Give it a listen when the audio comes up or read it here.  Here’s a snippet-

Historically, Christians have faced discrimination in Egypt. The Christian minority joined the protest against President Hosni Mubarak, but when Mubarak left, and the army proposed changing the constitution, nobody touched the article declaring Islam to be the religion of the state.  Christians often feel like second-class citizens, though many Muslims do support them now, like the one who showed up at the protest, declaring the two religions “friends.” A leading Muslim scholar also denounced the church burning, and the army promised to rebuild the church. Yet tensions increased.  People from a largely Christian neighborhood staged a demonstration. Muslims confronted them. Soldiers appeared, and someone opened fire.