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Due to Western meddling, Christians are seen as being somehow to blame for their own annihilation. Stock photo: Getty

Due to Western meddling, Christians are seen as being somehow to blame for their own annihilation. Stock photo: Getty

Due to Western meddling, Christians are seen as being somehow to blame for their own annihilation. Stock photo: Getty

It was at one of the dusty stalls, at the end of our tour of the Karnak Temple in Luxor, that we got chatting to the young man with the odd tattoo on the inside of his right arm. It looked like a Celtic cross, but surely it couldn't be - not in Muslim Egypt. And it wasn't. What it was, explained our new friend, was a symbol of his religion, Coptic Christianity.

Actually it was more than a symbol, it was also a mark of protection. In a region where Christians often had cause to complain of persecution, many churches needed to check that those entering were in fact, Christians, and not religious terrorists. I thought of this young man last Tuesday, when news that an 85-year-old priest saying Mass was forced to his knees, on the altar of his church, so religious terrorists could murder him.


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