So ..... our Foreign Affairs Minister was in Egypt making nice-nice with the new Muslim Bros govt of the new Egypt and failed to bring up the murdering of Coptic Christians, eh?! That was cowardly. I hope Canada is not flooding the Muslim Brotherhood gangsters of the new Egypt with our money so they can carry on doing more virginity checks on any woman who dares to protest against them.
Canada and the United States recently dispatched their top diplomats to Cairo to assist Egypt in making the transition to democracy. And judging from escalating sectarian tensions in the Muslim-majority nation, the governing military elite, which assumed power after President Hosni Mubarak was ousted by a populist revolution, needs all the help it can get......
.....On March 16th, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met separately with interim Egyptian Prime Minister Essan Sharaf to discuss the transition process.
While both diplomats spoke in general terms about the importance of human rights, they missed the chance to publicly chide the transitional regime for failing to stem the rising tide of violence against the Copts.
"The protection of the rights of the individual and minority rights should be part of any evolving democracy, through its constitution, as well as through its practice and policy," says Dwight Bashir, deputy director for policy and research at the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, a bipartisan federal commission tasked with advising the U.S. government on matters of religious liberty around the world.
For decades, the Egyptian government has openly persecuted Christians. For example, says Bashir, the country's security services have interfered in Coptic affairs, obstructing the basic maintenance of churches and blocking building permits for new churches.
Islamic terrorists are an even greater threat to Coptic Christians........