The election of the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Mursi to the Egyptian presidency marks tough times ahead for Egypt's minority Christians. Or rather, even tougher times... Egypt's Christians have experienced considerable danger and violence in recent months and years. But the Mursi presidency threatens to take the situation to a whole new level. For example, it has been reported that prior to the election Mursi told a journalist that the second Islamic conquest was underway, while Christians would be forced to convert, pay tribute or leave the country.
Details of what was actually said are murky, with some commentators unsure that Mursi, seeking to woo Egyptian voters, would speak so candidly. But such views are widely held within the Muslim brotherhood, and it does not bode well for the country's besieged Christians. It is important therefore, for Christians throughout the world to pray for their safety and ensure they keep informed of the situation to advocate effectively on Egyptian Christians' behalf.