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    Egypt: Coptic Cathedral Bombed During Mass, At Least 25 Dead

    Egypt: Coptic Cathedral Bombed During Mass, At Least 25 Dead

    Most of the victims are thought to be women and children

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    Just six days after a bombing in Cairo killed six policemen, another bomb explodes at Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, killing 25 and wounding another 35 people.  The victims are believed to be mostly women and children.

    Hasam, a terrorist group linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, claimed responsibility for the first Cairo bombing, but no one has yet claimed responsibility for Sunday’s bombing Saint Mark’s.

    CBS News reports:

    A bombing at Egypt’s main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people and wounded another 35 on Sunday, in one of the deadliest attacks carried out against the religious minority in recent memory.

    The attack came two days after a bomb elsewhere in Cairo killed six policemen, an assault claimed by a shadowy group that authorities say is linked to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Islamic militants have targeted Christians in the past, including a New Year’s Day bombing at a church in Alexandria in 2011 that killed at least 21 people.

    Egypt’s official MENA news agency said an assailant lobbed a bomb into a chapel close to the outer wall of St Mark’s Cathedral, seat of Egypt’s Orthodox Christian church and home to the office of its spiritual leader, Pope Tawadros II. Egyptian state TV gave the casualty toll.

    Witnesses said the explosion may have been caused by an explosive device planted inside the chapel. Conflicting accounts are common in the immediate aftermath of attacks.

    The blast took place as a Sunday mass being held in the chapel was about to end and coincided with a national holiday in Egypt marking the birth of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Most of the victims are thought to be women and children.

    Witnesses describe the horrific scene.

    CBS News continues:

    An Associated Press reporter who arrived at the scene shortly after the blast saw blood-stained pews and shards of glass scattered across the chapel’s floor. Men and women wailed and cried outside.

    “I found bodies, many of them women, lying on the pews. It was a horrible scene,” said cathedral worker Attiya Mahrous, who rushed to the chapel after he heard the blast. His clothes and hands were stained with blood and his hair matted with dust.

    “I saw a headless woman being carried away,” Mariam Shenouda said as she pounded her chest in grief. “Everyone was in a state of shock. We were scooping up people’s flesh off the floor,” she said.

    “There were children. What have they done to deserve this? I wish I had died with them instead of seeing these scenes,” she added.

    Although details are conflicting, the bomb may have been set in or near the women’s section of the cathedral.

    The Times of Israel has more:

    Egypt’s official MENA news agency said an assailant lobbed a bomb into a chapel close to the outer wall of the cathedral.

    However, witnesses said the explosion may have been caused by an explosive device planted inside the chapel. Conflicting accounts are common in the immediate aftermath of attacks.

    . . . .  Copts, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s population of 90 million, have faced persecution and discrimination that spiked during the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak, who was toppled by a popular uprising in 2011.

    Islamist extremists have regularly incited violence against Copts, especially since the military overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

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    Arminius | December 12, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    “…but Ezra wasn’t even a prophet. It did no good. I nearly got banned for saying that the explanation is simply that Mohammed was an ignorant liar, and made the whole thing up.”

    Join the club.

    Surah 4:171 An Nisa (The Women)

    “O People of the Scripture, do not commit excess in your religion or say about Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and His word which He directed to Mary and a soul [created at a command] from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers. And do not say, “Three”; desist – it is better for you. Indeed, Allah is but one God. Exalted is He above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs.”

    Surah 5:73 Al-Ma’idah (The Table Spread)

    “They have certainly disbelieved who say, ” Allah is the third of three.” And there is no god except one God. And if they do not desist from what they are saying, there will surely afflict the disbelievers among them a painful punishment.”

    Whatever problems you may or may not have with Christians, no Christian has ever said God is not one. Our profession of faith is that Christ is ONE in being with the Father. And Mary is not part of it.

    “1 Corinthians 8.4-6
    4 Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that there is no such thing as an idol in the world, and that there is no God but one. 5 For even if there are so-called gods whether in heaven or on earth, as indeed there are many gods and many lords, 6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things,
    and we exist through him. ”

    Again, I’m not trying to talk you into seeing things my way. But Muhammad, or whoever wrote the Quran, apparently heard about Christianity on a camel ride to Damascus. And got it all wrong.


     
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    Arminius | December 12, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    The Quran affirms the authority of the Torah and the Gospel.

    Surah 10:94

    “But if you are in doubt as to what We have revealed to you, ask those who read the Book before you; certainly the truth has come to you from your Lord, therefore you should not be of the disputers.”

    One gets the definite impression that Allah had no clue as to what those who read the book before Muhammad were understanding.


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