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March 6, 2013


Peace and justice advance as Libya rounds up and tortures Christians

The February pogrom appears to have targeted Egyptians working in Libya.  They were charged with proselytizing, which seems to mean that they had Bibles and prayer cards with them.

According to a source from Egypt’s Coptic Church, a group of Salafist Muslims attacked a church in Benghazi this week and detained roughly 100 Egyptian Copts working in the country.

The detained Copts had been tortured by their captors, who had also shaved their heads and used acid to burn off the crosses tattooed on their wrists, the source – who preferred anonymity – told Ahram Online.

That tugs at my heart.  I learned about the Coptic cross tattoo when I lived in L.A.  An Episcopal priest there arranged for a Coptic congregation to worship in his church.  One of the ways they thanked him was to offer the tattoo, which he continues to wear on his forearm.


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Hi there,
This story happened in Libya rather than Syria. Benghazi is a city in eastern Libya.
Andrew Reid

[1] Posted by spicksandspecks on 3-7-2013 at 06:03 AM · [top]

Hi, #1, and thanks.  Corrected now.

The bit about the acid shook me up, and I was posting from a “remote” location at night.  Not an ideal blogging frame of mind.  Thanks for the catch.

[2] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 3-7-2013 at 07:43 AM · [top]

Isn’t Benghazi where the U.S. embassy was attacked and U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were murdered? I doubt that our government will do any more to protect Coptic Christians than they did to protect Ambassador Stevens so it is important that we pray for them.

[3] Posted by Betty See on 3-7-2013 at 10:23 PM · [top]

Betty See, that is correct, same place.

Pray that the Lord’s protection will be on them.  There are also Anglican churches in Libya, although I don’t think any are in Benghazi.

[4] Posted by MichaelA on 3-8-2013 at 02:11 AM · [top]

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