Why Is Easter a Magnet for Islamist Violence?

Why are some Christians murdered and many more terrorized in the name of Islam every Easter holiday?

This year’s most notable attack occurred in Egypt, where two packed Coptic Christian churches were bombed during Palm Sunday mass, leaving 50 dead and 120 injured.

While this incident received some coverage in Western media, attacks on churches in Egypt on or around Easter are not uncommon. For instance, two days after the Palm Sunday attacks, on April 12, authorities thwarted another Islamic terror attack targeting a Coptic monastery in Upper Egypt.

Similarly, on April 12, 2015, Easter Sunday, two explosions targeting two separate churches took place in Egypt. Although no casualties were reported—hence no reporting in Western media—large numbers could easily have resulted, based on precedent (for example, on January 1, 2011, as Egypt’s Christians ushered in the New Year—another Christian holiday for Orthodox communities—car bombs went off near the Two Saints Church in Alexandria, resulting in 23 dead worshippers and dozens critically injured).

Less spectacular but no less telling, after 45 years of waiting, the Christians of Nag Shenouda, Egypt, finally got a permit to build a church; local Muslims responded by rioting and even burning down the temporary tent the Christians had erected to worship under (different incident from this similar one). Denied, the Christians of Nag Shenouda celebrated Easter in the street, to Muslims jeers and sneers (picture here).

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4 thoughts on “Why Is Easter a Magnet for Islamist Violence?

  1. Dear OyiaBrown,
    You might have published this article to laugh at the religious people. You also ask people to send to you as a comment to this page, any old material to help enable us all to have our fancy tickled regularly! But this matter is not really laughing stock. (Is it?)

    • As you will see from later sections of this page, posts in the ‘Re-blog’ section are in a different category all together:

      The purpose of Joke ‘front’ is essentially to attract readers who might then go on to read some of these articles. In so doing they might see a perspective different to their own.

      There is no intention to mock or deride.

      However, I am grateful for your comments and have since rewritten a section of this page, hopefully to avoid the impression you received. Thanks.

  2. In case those people who call themselves Christians would keep to the by God given holy days and would follow Christ, not having made him in their god, there would be less problems between them and Muslims. By following Jesus those calling themselves Christians should also go out and preach and should come to convince Muslims that Jesus is the way to God, by whom we received the keys to go through the small gate of the Kingdom of God.

    Real Christians do know they should not celebrate the pagan Spring festival Easter, but should keep to the Holy days given by God and should keep Pesach or Passover. and if they want to remember the resurrection of Christ they better do that every year on the same day, on the day Jesus was risen form the dead, on April the 9th.

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