Day of Rage: Egypt Anti-Christian Violence Spreads

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Egypt braced for more violence on Friday after the Muslim Brotherhood called for a day of rage.

The call comes just two days after the government cracked down on two Muslim Brotherhood camps in Cairo.

The violence left hundreds dead, but the retaliation by Muslim Brotherhood supporters against Christians has spread throughout Egypt.

Some called it "Black Wednesday," the day when Muslim Brotherhood mobs stormed, looted and burned churches and Christian organizations throughout Egypt.

CBN News Gary Lane documented the extent of the destruction in his latest blog.

"Now look at this photo. It's of the YMCA building in Minya, also burned. And how about this one, a Franciscan school in Suez. Or this nunnery at St. Joseph's in Minya," Lane reported, describing photos of the destruction CBN News received.

"Now for some of the churches: this is cell phone video of Morsi supporters storming St. George's church in Soheg. This was the result outside, now inside. The pews and the Bibles burned and destroyed and how about St. Theresa's Church is Azutt, the same thing," he said.

"So you get the idea, monumental, unprecedented attacks on Christian churches and their Christian institutions," he said.

Lane also talked with Ramez Atallah, the head of the Bible Society in Egypt, whose two shops were destroyed.

"We've been around for 129 years and this is the first time any Bible Society office or bookshop has been attacked," he told Lane by telephone.

Yet Atallah vowed to rebuild.

"We're not going to be cowed by this," he said. "We're not going to let it stop us and we're going to go back to business as soon as we can…We already spoke to our architect and contractor today and as soon as things settle down a little bit we're going to start the renovation.  We're not going to wait."

Atallah told CBN News the government pledged to rebuild and restore the churches and Christian businesses destroyed by the Muslim Brotherhood.

After the mayhem, the International Prayer Council issued an urgent prayer request for Egyptian Christians. It reads in part as follows:

  • Please pray with our Egyptian brothers and sisters in Christ for His purposes to be accomplished for their land at this time of crisis.
  • Pray for their protection amidst the maelstrom of violent confrontation and for the authorities to have wisdom and restraint in reestablishing order.
  • And that many find hope and salvation in Jesus Christ.

Many say the prayer request is especially urgent in light of the Muslim Brotherhood's call for a day of rage.

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