January 5th, 2011
02:26 PM ET

European Coptic churches on alert after attack

Coptic churches around Europe are expressing fears for their safety following a New Year's Day attack on a church in Egypt that had been listed on an Islamist website.

The same site, which is affiliated with the al Qaeda terror network, listed 16 Coptic churches in Europe, including four in France and three each in England and Germany.

Germany's Federal Office for Criminal Investigations said it has notified state authorities of a general terrorist threat against Coptic Christians living in Germany. A spokeswoman said the office issued the notification after the threats were discovered on the site.

"It's up to the state authorities to decide how they react to such a threat," said spokeswoman Barbara Huebner, without going into detail about the threat.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Church • Coptic • Europe • Violence

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Anglican

    @at Claybigby. I do not have all the answers, but I do not rant about others being ignorant, or egotistical as posted above. Why accuse me of being delusional.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  2. Reality

    Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity by the "bowers", kneelers" and "pew peasants" will quickly converge these religions into some simple rules of life. No koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired. Ditto for houses and classes of "worthless worship" aka mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples and synagogues.

    "John Hick, a noted British philosopher of religion, estimates that 95 percent of the people of the world owe their religious affiliation to an accident of birth. The faith of the vast majority of believers depends upon where they were born and when. Those born in Saudi Arabia will almost certainly be Moslems, and those born and raised in India will for the most part be Hindus. Nevertheless, the religion of millions of people can sometimes change abruptly in the face of major political and social upheavals. In the middle of the sixth century ce, virtually all the people of the Near East and Northern Africa, including Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Egypt were Christian. By the end of the following century, the people in these lands were largely Moslem, as a result of the militant spread of Islam.

    The Situation Today

    Barring military conquest, conversion to a faith other than that of one’s birth is rare. Some Jews, Moslems, and Hindus do convert to Christianity, but not often. Similarly, it is not common for Christians to become Moslems or Jews. Most people are satisfied that their own faith is the true one or at least good enough to satisfy their religious and emotional needs. Had St. Augustine or St. Thomas Aquinas been born in Mecca at the start of the present century, the chances are that they would not have been Christians but loyal followers of the prophet Mohammed

    It is very disturbing that such religious violence and hatred continues unabated due to radomness of birth. Maybe just maybe if this fact would be published on the first page of every newspaper every day, that we would finally realize the significant stupidity of all religions.

    January 5, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  3. Mark from Middle River

    Its interesting that S.A. Maybe is such a stupid troll that he posted under two different names on the same day saying the exact same thing. Check out the second post on the building more houses of worship thread.

    "had enough..

    cmon on people its 2011!! All religions are absolutely absurd and it would take extreme egotism, delusion, arrogance and stupidity to subscribe to any one of them wholeheartedly. "

    Nice try Maybe, but maybe thou art more trollish than human

    January 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  4. Stupidity alert maybe??

    All religions are absolutely absurd and it would take extreme egotism, delusion, and arrogance to subscribe to any one of them wholeheartedly. One only has to think about the countless cultures around the world that developed gods independently of each other long before humans began to travel globe to realize that all gods are a result of mans ego, fear and lack of understanding.

    January 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • Anglican

      You sure seem to have all the answers in our universe. If it is so absurd, why do you waste all your academic time commenting? Every heard of arrogance?

      January 5, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • me

      this is not the place for you to be espousing you egotistical, delusional and arrogant views. thank you.

      January 5, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
    • claybigsby

      "You sure seem to have all the answers in our universe. If it is so absurd, why do you waste all your academic time commenting? Every heard of arrogance?"

      According to some of your posts on numerous stories, you sure seem to have all the answers to the universe too eh? And i'm sure you get those answers from your religion. Arrogance? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black considering faith (you know, the belief in the unknown, without proof) is not based on any fact and only based on what man tells you is "true". One thing I know for certain is that people are "sinners", liars, cheaters, thieves ect. and to believe that 30+ men wrote bible passages "inspired by god", just because those men say they were is what we call in the 21st century "gullible". But hey you seem to have all the answers...more power to you.

      January 6, 2011 at 10:13 am |
  5. Anglican

    Let us all pray for Christ's Church in Egypt. God's Peace be with them.

    January 5, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
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