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Riot leaves an Egyptian village without Christians
Associated Press ^ | Aug 4, 2012, 3:36 PM EDT | SARAH EL DEEB

Posted on 08/04/2012 1:15:15 PM PDT by Hunton Peck

DAHSHOUR, Egypt (AP) -- When the angry mob was rampaging through town, storming her home and those of other Christians, the 70-year-old woman hid in her cow pen, pushing a rock against the door. There she cowered for hours, at one point passing out from tear gas being fired by police that seeped in.

When Sameeha Wehba emerged just before dawn, she found she was the only Christian left in this small Egyptian village just south of Cairo.

Dahshour's entire Christian community - as many as 100 families some estimate - fled to nearby towns in the violence earlier this week. The flock's priest, cloaked in a white sheet to hide him, was taken out in a police van. At least 16 homes and properties of Christians were pillaged and some torched and a church damaged.

The violence was ultimately rooted in a dispute over a badly ironed shirt that escalated into a fight in which a Christian burned a Muslim to death, in turn sparking the rampage by angry Muslims.

"It was a devil's moment," Wehba said Thursday at the home of her Muslim neighbors, who have taken her in. "Whoever caused this was the devil's son."

The unprecedented exodus underscores how sectarian divisions that festered under decades of Hosni Mubarak's rule are taking a turn to the worse, complicated by the problems of post-revolution Egypt, a country where 10 percent of the population are Christian.

Police forces have been weakened and often don't carry out their duties. Islamists have been emboldened, with rhetoric fanning hatreds. In an atmosphere of lawlessness, Muslims and Christians alike feel freer in unleashing prejudices that in the past were kept barely under the surface.

Most notably in Dahshour, police did nothing as tensions spiraled following the burning of the Muslim man late last...

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: arabspring; christians; egypt; islam; islamistwinter; muslims
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To: Hunton Peck

Egypt was once almost 100% Christian.

Then the muslims appeared on the scene.

They either enslave Cristians, kill them or forceably convert them.

Before Obama’s “Muslim Spring” there were about 6 million Christians left in a population of 82 million but that number has no doubt been reduced since then.

Soon there won’t be any Christians left.

21 posted on 08/04/2012 3:08:31 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: Judge Kovitzky

Here, here, Islame’s koran states that killing non believers is part of the faith, a law unto itself, like the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament, but the Bush’s and others state it’s a religion of peace, what they don’t understand is that it is a peaceful religion until they have the numbers to carry out what’s stated in the koran, kill nonbelievers!

22 posted on 08/04/2012 3:13:53 PM PDT by IslamE (epiphany)
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To: IslamE

People who still think good muslims are the peaceful ones are confused, because peaceful muslims are apostates.

The only “good” muslims are the terrorists, because they obey the Koran.

23 posted on 08/04/2012 4:39:44 PM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: MikeSteelBe

You good Sir, are 100% correct!

24 posted on 08/04/2012 4:57:41 PM PDT by IslamE (epiphany)
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