Three Christians in Egypt arrested for allegedly showing contempt for Islam

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (Morning Star News) — Three Christians in Egypt have been accused of showing disdain or contempt for Islam after an evangelism outreach to Muslims the weekend of July 10 in the port city of Alexandria, sources said.

The three Christians, who were said to be in their late teens or early 20s, were arrested July 11 after at least one was stopped for handing out small bags of dried dates and copies of the Sermon on the Mount, according to human rights activists. In addition to the dates, a snack Muslims commonly eat when breaking the Ramadan daytime fast, the bags contained a statement about God’s love and His omniscient nature.

The outreach offended a Muslim who forcibly detained one of the three Christians, all three of which were subsequently arrested. They were released on a nearly $1,300 bond July 13 and expect the charges to be dropped.

An area pastor who asked to remain anonymous said the arrests were illegal and Ishak Ibrahim, an officer for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, called the arrests “a misuse of the law.”

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