For freedom: Protect those of faith in Egypt


In July 2018, Abdo Adel, a Christian resident of the village of Minbal in Egypt's Minya governorate--described by his friends as a "simple man" who loved baking qurban (sacramental bread) for the local Coptic Orthodox church--posted on Facebook a vague comparison of Jesus Christ and the Prophet Muhammad.

Word of this comparison spread among Minbal's Muslim residents, who filed a complaint with local police that Abdo had insulted Islam. Religious zealots in the community whipped up a mob that attacked Coptic properties, forcing Abdo and his family to flee and a local priest to issue a desperate apology for the social media post in hopes of quelling the violence.

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