Thursday, January 28, 2010

No Hiding Place in Egypt

There was a time when Christianity flourished across the north of Africa and the Middle East. This was no longer the case before the end of the first millennium. Even the great city of Hippo in what is now Algeria, seat of the bishop Saint Augustine and home of three church councils, fell to the Muslims by the end of the eighth century, and is home only to a titular bishop. We fail to appreciate how, in a country like Egypt, where Our Lord's parents found refuge for Him against Herod, there is no refuge for Christians, especially those who convert from Islam.

But there is refuge in America. It is precisely because we are a Judeo-Christian nation, where assent to belief is an act of free will and not under threat of death, that adherents to Islam are free to worship as they choose. This writer can openly discuss beliefs with his Muslim neighbor, and no harm is done.

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