“We are concerned by recent attacks on religious institutions in Egypt, in particular the unconscionable attacks on Coptic Orthodox and Anglican churches and on Baptist and Franciscan institutions.
“Attacks on places of worship are unacceptable. Canada calls on Egyptian authorities to protect worshippers and religious sites from violence and intimidation.
“On behalf of all Canadians, we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the victims of these attacks and wish a speedy recovery to the injured. . . . We urge all parties to engage in a productive dialogue to ease tensions. We also call on all Egyptians to show maximum restraint and resolve in the coming days.”
Where is our government? As far as I can see, there is no official State Department statement on these attacks.
And that’s a pity. As Robert P. George, chairman of the U.S. International Freedom Commission, told the Catholic World Report, the United States, as a key supporter of the Egyptian military, does have leverage to make a difference: “[W]e need to put pressure on the military government to protect the Coptic Christians, and to make the protection of the Coptic Christians a high priority. We need to make it clear that where attacks on Christians are done with impunity, and where the government just looks aside or doesn’t treat the issue as serious enough to protect the victims, there will be consequences in our relations with the military rulers in Egypt.”
Last week,John Stonestreet urged BreakPoint listeners to contact the White House and their representatives in Congress to tell them that the U.S. must speak out (yes, even in the midst of all the craziness with Syria). It’s still a good idea.