Coptic Christian Abd Adel Bebawy … was originally arrested in Minbal, a village located in Upper Egypt’s Minya Governorate on July 6, 2018.
He had posted on Facebook an image of God, the angel Gabriel, and a verse from the Quran.
The day after he was arrested and charged by the police, a mob gathered in Minbal and attacked several Christian homes. It is common for Islamic extremists in Egypt to collectively punish the Christian community for the perceived wrongs of one individual.
One Christian woman, Mariam, shared with ICC shortly following the July attack, “The mob stoned the houses of all the Christians (in Minbal). The Christians were afraid and all locked themselves in their houses and closed the wooden shutters of the windows.”
The attackers have continued to make it clear that Bebawy and his family would not be welcomed back into the village. He has remained imprisoned since July. Regarding the recent verdict, a close relative shared with ICC how she “was expecting this to happen in the first degree. But what I hope is that he will be freed in the appeal.”
Egypt, a previously Christian country, was conquered by Islam 1,400 years ago. The ever-smaller Christian community in Egypt has endured centuries of persecution and discrimination. Egypt’s constitution guarantees freedom of religion to Christians (and constitutionally, the USSR was a free and open democracy).
Could this be the fate of the West? On current trends, yes.
hat-tip Stephen Neil