Supporters of Egypt's Coptic Christians warned lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week that they face growing persecution and discrimination from Islamists under the rule of President Mohammed Morsi.
British Baroness Caroline Cox referred to several recent incidents of violence against Christians. She quoted a Nigerian bishop, who has seen the Islamist persecution in his own country:
"If we have a faith worth living for, it's a faith worth dying for," she said. "Don't you--(that's us)--compromise the faith we are living and dying for."
"My friends, my concern is we are compromising the faith, which others, including the Coptic Christians in Egypt, are living and dying for," she continued. "I believe that we who have freedom should, must, use our freedom to defend the freedom of others. Unless we take appropriate action in response to the crisis in Egypt, we will be betraying our heritage of freedom and the hopes of those who look to others to preserve their freedoms."