President al-Sisi’s authoritarian style of government has to some extent restored the rule of law in Egypt, but also implies a stricter compliance with the relatively restrictive legislation related to religious affairs. This is not in the advantage of the country’s Christian population. The large Coptic minority, while facing important difficulties, has been tolerated because of its historical presence and its demographic size. In recent years this has changed, however, causing historical Christian communities to be targeted as well. There is a small but growing community of Christian converts (Muslim Background Believers, MBBs), who bear the brunt of persecution, most often from family members.
In an all too familiar tale in Egypt, a romance between a Muslim and a Coptic Christian ended tragically late last year when the woman professed faith in Christ and was killed by family members. No charges have been filed in this “honor killing.”
On Monday, it marked one year since the Islamic State slaughtered 21 Egyptian Christians.
These regular acts of the Islamic State have begged the question: is the Islamic State more unified than the Body of Christ?
Bishoy Natei Kamel was supposed to complete his military service this month. Instead, his family was called to collect his body three months earlier.