August 16, 2019 | By Lindy Lowery, Open Doors
Facebook posts may be a new persecution tactic that Islamic extremists are using against Christians, says Open Doors Middle East Director. He just returned from Egypt when he learned about several incidents involving blasphemous Facebook posts.
Case in point: Fady Youssef Todary. The 26-year-old Egyptian Christian says that someone hacked into his Facebook account and posted something insulting to Islam. In response, Todary posted a video of himself saying his account had been hacked and apologized for the offensive message.
But that didn’t stop around 100 people from marching on Todary’s family home in Ashnin El-Nasara, a village in Minya south of Cairo. As his parents hid in a relative’s house, the mob raided the property and destroyed the family’s belongings….
Open Doors analyst Michael Bosch says the incident fits the pattern. “First, Christians are accused of insulting or threatening Islam. Next, they are attacked, their properties destroyed, and sometimes they are driven out of their houses.
“Then the authorities intervene, calming down the situation by arresting and prosecuting Christians for the alleged ‘crime.’” He added that it is unlikely the claims are true because “all Christians know the consequences of blasphemy.”
(Article by Lindy Lowry. Excerpt from Open Doors.)