Coptic Christians Wary of Future in Wake of Presidential
SANTA ANA, Calif.( May 21, 2012) – Members of an ethnic religious group from North Africa but primarily Egypt, where they are the largest Christian denomination in the country. Christians will be going to the polls Wednesday and Thursday in an historic post-Hosni Mubarak election that could determine their future in the Islamic-dominated country.
“All 13 presidential candidates are Muslim,” says Open Doors USA President/CEO Dr. Carl Moeller. “Some are the former President Mubarak era, and some from the more Islamic fundamental groups, such as the Muslim Brotherhood.
“So it’s understandable Coptic Christians are viewing the election and its outcome with wariness. Will they be more marginalized than before, despite making up 10 percent of the population of Egypt? Will they have to flee their country like thousands of Iraqi believers have done over the past decade? These questions are on their minds and hearts. That is why we need to pray for them during this important week.”
Moeller travelled to Cairo in February to meet with Christian leaders and pastors. During that time he felt the pulse of the embattled Christian community. He reported that even in the face of more persecution, there was a revival sweeping through the country. One Coptic priest told Moeller “we are not putting our hope in politics but in the Lord.”
Moeller is available for interviews this week. To arrange an interview contact, Jerry Dykstra at 616-915-4117 or [email protected]
Nearly 70 percent of the world’s 6.8 billion people live in countries with little or no freedom of religion. Open Doors is an organization that for over five decades has covertly come along side Christians in 60 of those restrictive and dangerous countries, campaigning for their freedom to believe from the gulags in North Korea to the halls of Congress.. To partner with Open Doors USA, call toll free at 888-5-BIBLE-5 (888-524-2535) or go to www.OpenDoorsUSA.org.