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Islamization of Egypt Could Spark Coptic Awakening

Christians are fleeing Egypt as the Muslim Brotherhood gains influence. As this wave of unprecedented emigration grows, the Egyptian Church may be on the verge of an awakening. Read Transcript


Reporter: THIS IS THE

SCENE IN TODAY'S EGYPT, FOR

THOSE DISAGREEING WITH THE

NEW LEADERSHIP.

PRO MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

FORCES TEAR DOWN A STAGE,

BUILT BY THOSE OPPOSING

MOHAMMED MORSI.

EGYPT BECOMES MORE POLARIZED

AS ISLAMISTS TRIED TO IMPOSE

THEIR VIEWS ON THE SOCIETY.

THEY'RE EMBOLDENED WITH

THE IDEA THAT ONE OF THEIR

BROTHERS IS IN POWER TO

BASICALLY IMPLEMENT WHAT

THEY SEE AS THE RIGHTFUL LAW

OR GOD'S MESSAGE ON THE

GROUNDS, WITHOUT EVEN THE

NEED OF A GOVERNMENT.

Reporter: IT HAS

EGYPT'S MINORITY COPTIC

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY

NERVOUS.

MANY HAVE ALREADY LEFT THE

COUNTRY, AND MORE ARE

EXPECTED TO FOLLOW.

IT IS AN EXITOUS OF

BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS.

THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF

KILLINGS.

CHURCHES HAVE BEEN BOMBED.

CHRISTIAN WOMEN HAVE BEEN

RAPED.

PEOPLE'S PROPERTIES HAVE

BEEN CONFISCATED.

ALL SORTS OF THINGS HAVE

TAKEN PLACE.

IT IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY

100,000 COPTIC CHRISTIANS

HAVE FLED THE COUNTRY.

WE DON'T EXACTLY KNOW THE

EXACT NUMBERS.

IN MY LOCAL CHURCH IN

FAIRFAX, WE HAVE SEEN A

SERIES WAVE OF IMMIGRATION

FROM EGYPT SINCE THE

REVOLUTION.

AND THAT'S IN ONE CHURCH IN

THE U.S.

Reporter: ARMENIAN

PASTOR SAID SOME OF HIS

MEMBERS FLED FOR THE UNITED

STATES.

THAT IS NOT JUST CHRISTIANS

WHO ARE LEAVING.

MY FRIENDS, THEY LEAVE

THE COUNTRY AND GO.

THEY DON'T FEEL SAFE WITH

THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD.

Reporter: MANY

EGYPTIANS REMAIN BECAUSE

THEY CANNOT AFFORD TO GO

ANYWHERE ELSE.

TODD IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE

CHRISTIAN BRAIN AND WEALTH

DRAIN.

THE BETTER EDUCATED, THE

WELL-OFF, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE

THE JOB CREATORS AND THE

ONES THAT GIVE THE HIGHER

DONATIONS TO THE CHURCH --

THOSE GUYS ARE GOING BE TO

THE ONES THAT ARE LEAVING.

Reporter: THAT MAY MEAN

LESS OPPORTUNITY AND HELP

FOR NEEDY CHRISTIANS.

WHAT CAN BE DONE TO HALT THE

EXITOUS.

PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID AMERICA

EXPECTS THE EGYPTIAN

GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT THE

RIGHTS OF NON-MUSLIMS.

President Obama: THEY

HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY

TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR

PROTECTING RELIGIOUS

MINORITIES, AND WE HAVE PUT

SIGNIFICANT PRESSURE ON THEM

TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE DOING

THAT.

Reporter: BUT COPTIC

LEADERS HERE IN THE UNITED

STATES CALL OBAMA'S SUPPORT

EMPTY WORDS.

THEY SAY AMERICAN AND

WESTERN AID TO EGYPT SHOULD

BE STOPPED UNLESS THE

GOVERNMENT UPHOLDS RELIGIOUS

LIBERTIES.

WE NEED TO BE IN

INSISTING THAT THIS BECOME A

KEY QUESTION FOR FOREIGN

GOVERNMENTS.

Reporter: STILL, MANY

CHRISTIANS LIKE THESE

ATTENDING SERVICES AT

CAIRO'S KAY CHURCH SAYS

THEY'LL STAY IN EGYPT.

SIMON IBRAHIM SAYS HIS

CHURCH IS FOCUSED ON GOD'S

PROMISESMENT.

> PROMISES.

HE CARES FOR US AND WILL

NOT FORSAKE IT.

WE BELIEVE IN GOD'S PLAN FOR

EGYPT.

Reporter: AND THE RISE

OF INCREASED PERSECUTION IS

ACTUALLY BRINGING CHRISTIANS

CLOSER TOGETHER.

THERE IS MORE UNITY THAN

BEFORE IN ALL OF THE

CHURCHES.

THEY'RE DOING A LOT OF

PRAYER MEETINGS, TALKING

ABOUT THE FUTURE, GIVING

HOPE FOR THE PEOPLE, THAT

GOD IS IN CONTROL.

Reporter: EVENTS LIKE

THIS ONE, IN THE DESERT

NORTH OF CAIRO, ATTRACTED

MORE THAN 50,000 EGYPTIAN

CHRISTIANS FOR FOUR DAYS OF

WORSHIP AND PRAYER.

AMERICAN CHRISTIANS ARE

VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR

BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN

CHRIST HERE IN EGYPT.

WHAT SHOULD THEY DO?

WE DEFINITELY NEED YOUR

PRAYERS.

THE LORD TELLS US TO PRAY

FOR ONE ANOTHER.

YOU PRAY FOR US AND WE WILL

PRAY FOR YOU.

YOU CAN LOOK AT COPTIC

HISTORY WITH A SENSE OF

SADNESS AT THE CONTINUOUS

DECLINE, BUT YOU CAN ALSO

LOOK AT IT THROUGH THE SENSE

OF HOW THE HANDS OF GOD HAVE

PROTECTED HIS PEOPLE AND

MADE THEM SURVIVE THROUGH

EVERYTHING THAT THEY HAVE

BEEN THROUGH.

Reporter: DESPITE THE

MASS EXITOUS, MANY COPTIC

CHRISTIANS BELIEVE THE

EGYPTIAN CHURCH IS GROWING

STRONGER AND WILL PERSEVERE,

NO MATTER WHAT THE FUTURE

MAY BRING.

GARY LANE, CBN NEWS, CAIRO.

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