In America we call it an unalienable right — one which cannot be taken away.
Reuters reports (by way of Christianity Today) that Christian homes were burned because there were rumors that a house was being built for a church. It wasn’t, but the mob was unconvinced.
A large group of Muslims gathered around the house, owned by Coptic Christian Naim Aziz, in Qarayat al Bayda village near Alexandria after Friday prayers on June 17, chanting: “By no means shall there be a church here”.
“A great deal of fanatic Muslims gathered in front of the new house of my cousin, Naim Aziz, during its construction because of a rumour spread in the village that this building would be turned into a church,” Christian resident Mousa Zarif told International Christian Concern (ICC).
Aziz told Daily News Egypt that he was in fact building the house for his son to live in, not for a church.
It is claimed the mob attacked the home, destroying the construction materials and also attacked Naim and his brother, leaving both men injured.
Christian homes and properties in the surrounding area were also reportedly attacked and looted, including a church community centre.
“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.” Matthew 24:9 (NIV)
On my other blog, I talk much more about about free speech in the U.S. and in the western democracies.
Freedom of speech, freedom to gather and to worship…these need to be in our prayers. If you are in a country where you are not being assaulted or punished for your Christian faith, you’ve won the geography lottery. Lucky you, and lucky me.
What can we do to improve the situation? I suggest two things right away: Advocate through the political process for leaders who will stand up for freedom worldwide. Advocate for brothers and sisters (and Buddhists, Jews and all other faith communities.)
Secondly, stand up for nothing more than complete rights to assemble, speak and have a moral opinion in the public square. When college or high school students are told they can’t meet, use public facilities or distribute literature in public, stand with them.
Remember the word that I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you as well; if they kept My word, they will keep yours as well. John 15:20 (NIV)
The third thing sounds nuts, but bear me out. Be prepared for tough times. I’m not stockpiling beans and bullets, but I am trying to stockpile knowledge. Knowledge of American freedom, and knowledge of the scriptures. Both will be valuable in coming days.
Yours in Christ – Dave Alexander
UPDATE: I don’t know anything about this situation except the information at the link, but it smells fishy.