Published January 22, 2013
There are an estimated 8.5 million Coptic Christians in Egypt. Here, acting Coptic Pope Pachomios, center, displays the name of 60-year-old Bishop Tawadros, soon to be Pope Tawadros II. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) (AP2012)
Supporters of an Egyptian woman sentenced with her seven children to 15 years in prison for converting to Christianity say the U.S. government must do more to stick up for her and other religious minorities in the Middle East.
Rep. Frank Wolf, (R-Va.), co-chairman of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, said the Obama administration has failed to confront the growing crackdown on Christians in Egypt. President Mohamed Morsi, who was elected last year after the 30-year reign of Hosni Mubarak ended with protests and Mubarak’s arrest, has overseen a startling decrease in tolerance for the nation’s approximately 8.5 million Coptic Christians.
“We have a strategic and moral imperative to protect and preserve these ancient faith communities, which this administration has failed to do,” Wolf said. “Too often we in the West have turned a blind eye to the suffering of persecuted people of faith.”
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