Coptic Christians Are Targets: Terrorized By Muslim Extremists

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Christians in Egypt are facing a new wave of persecution at the hands of Muslim extremists, and human rights groups fear the situation could be on the brink of exploding.

We are the weaker element in society, so if anything happens, we will be the first victims,” Mina Thabet, a Coptic activist and researcher at the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms, told FoxNews.com from Cairo.

“You are a target for extremists when no one is supporting you,” he added to the “often-sluggish” protection the Christian community says it gets from the police.

The mix of poverty and limited job prospects is typical of the social conditions Thabet says could trigger the sort of unrest in which the country’s Christians comprising Orthodox, Catholic and some Protestant members of the faith – become central targets.

Blasphemy is a crime in Egypt, but human rights activists say the authorities have traditionally used the law to persecute minorities, among them Christians.