Egypt’s interior minister suggests Christians avoid churches for safety
June 09, 2017
Egypt’s interior minister has advised Christians to curtail their visits to churches and monasteries in light of the rash of violence targeted against Christians.
The government minister, Magdi Abdel Ghaffar, said that security will be tightened around churches, but in light of the current state of emergency he suggested that Christians should avoid public displays and should worship quietly.
The statement from the interior minister contradicts appeals from Egyptian tourism officials, who are encouraging Christian visitors.
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Jun. 10, 2017 10:20 AM ET USA
Maybe instead, the Christians should be protected as they visit churches and monasteries. Tourists spend money when they visit these shrines; why should Christian tourists stay away? Many places thrive on tourist spending; this can feed a family trying to support itself.