Trudeau blames ancient Romans for persecuting Christians in Egypt

Trudeau blames ancient Romans for persecuting Christians in Egypt

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September 13, 2016

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued on September 11, 2016 a statement marking the Feast of Nayrouz, a day marking the first day of the Coptic year and a feast when martyrs and confessors are commemorated within the Coptic Orthodox Church.

“Today, Coptic Orthodox Christians in Canada and around the world will welcome the New Year and celebrate the Feast of Nayrouz.

“The Feast of Nayrouz—also known as the Feast of Rivers—began as a day of thanksgiving to welcome the rising waters of the Nile which provided farmers with essential irrigation for their crops. On this day, Coptic Christians gather to pray, exchange gifts, and visit with family and friends.

“Most importantly, the New Year is a time to honour all those who sacrificed so much—including their lives—for their faith during years of intense persecution in Egypt while under Roman rule. Their courage, steadfastness, and unwavering dedication to their faith in the face of oppression continue to serve as an example to Coptic Christians today.

“Today, we extend our heartfelt thanks for the many contributions Coptic Christian communities have made to Canada. We wish all those celebrating a joyful Feast, and a peaceful and healthy start to the New Year. Happy Nayrouz.”

While PM Trudeau specifically mentions persecution of Christians by the Romans almost two millennia ago, he is silent on the ongoing persecution of Coptic Christians by Muslims in Egypt today.

According to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Egyptian Copts who make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s 90 million people and are the Middle East’s biggest Christian community, have long complained of discrimination under successive Egyptian leaders and have been the target of systematic violence and discrimination by majority Muslims since the 1970s and especially following the revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak.

 

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