Blogging at the Jerusalem Post, Barry Shaw offers a provocative take on Egyptian Christians, describing them as:
. . . defenseless as were the Jews in Europe seventy years ago.
And his advice to Christians as an Israeli observer is the following:
Get out now while you still can.
After the Egyptian democratic movement consolidates around conservative Islam—which Barry Shaw thinks is the most likely scenario for its politics—he predicts that Christians in Egypt will experience what Bethlehem Christians experienced under Arafat:
The subsequent rewriting of the Egyptian constitution will convert the country to Shariah law, will reduce non-Muslims to the status of dhimmi citizens, which means being penalized for simply living there as non-Muslims. If places such as Bethlehem are an example, the Christians will face relentless oppression, persecution, violence, destruction, and death as the Islamic majority force them out.
Bethlehem had a wealthy majority of Christians when Israel controlled that town. After Israel ceded control to the Arafat-led Palestinians, the eighty percent Christian majority was reduced to a fearful minority of less than twenty percent.
The writing is on the wall for the Christians of Egypt and other Arab nations. Heed the warning signs. Things are about to get worse, a lot worse.
Things are loathsome for Christians in Egypt already, and so Mr. Shaw’s prognostications are especially disturbing. His full blog post on this matter is worth a read and can be found at the Jerusalem Post here.