It’s a sad fact that in our world, the media coverage – and even our own interest – centers around events in places we can “relate” to.
The attack in Manchester this week captured our attention and gripped our hearts because Ariana Grande is American, our children may be her fans and we have a bond with England. We can see ourselves in that situation. We’ve been to concerts.
It’s harder to relate to the Middle East. We don’t speak the language. The culture is different and we just know there’s terrible violence ongoing. But we MUST know, and we must pay attention, because it is all part of the same battle.
The Islamists are attempting to destroy Western culture and destroy the infidels – Christians. They struck again this morning in Egypt.
Per Breitbart, Masked militants riding in three SUVs opened fire Friday on a bus packed with Coptic Christians, including many children, south of the Egyptian capital, killing at least 26 and wounding 25, the Interior Ministry said.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, the fourth to target Christians since December, but it bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State group.
Security officials quoted witnesses as saying they saw between eight and 10 attackers, dressed in military uniforms and wearing masks. The victims were en route from the nearby province of Beni Suef to visit a monastery.
Khaled Mogahed, the Health Ministry spokesman, said the death toll stood at 26 but feared it could rise further. According to Copts United news portal, only three children survived the attack. It was not immediately known if most or all of the victims were children.
Last month, Pope Francis visited Egypt, in part to show his support for the Christians there. Afterwards, ISIS vowed to escalate its attacks on Christians. The Coptic Christians represent about 10 percent of Egypt’s population of 93 million.
Christianity is under siege on two fronts: from Islamists abroad and here on our own shores, from liberal progressives who so far have used only intimidation and the courts, rather than bullets and bombs.
We cannot close our eyes to what is happening, even if it seems far away. And our hearts go out to the victims and their families.
[This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of the brutally honest and bitingly funny Do I Need To Slap You?]