A 10-year-old schoolgirl died after being shot as she was walking home from a bible study class in Egypt.
Jessi Boulus died from the single shot to the chest as she made her way through the streets of Cairo on Tuesday.
Her death is yet another example of rising tensions against Christians in the country after supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood started to target Egypt’s Christian minority, holding them partly responsible for his removal.
Jessi’s mother told the BBC News she believes her daughter was targeted due to her religion.
‘She was my best friend, my everything. Jessi was just becoming a young woman,’ she said.
‘Every woman dreams of becoming a mother, and for 10 years I was lucky enough to be a mum. I’ll miss Jessi calling me mum – I know I won’t ever hear it again.’
Jessi’s father told the website: ‘Jessi was everything to us. Her killers didn’t know that Jessi was my life – my future. They killed our future. I lived for her. We both did.’
Her parents said that they had noticed rising tensions in recent months and had discussed emigrating but had decided to stay in Egypt as it was their home.
In April, a Muslim mob attacked the main cathedral of the Coptic Orthodox Church as Christians held a funeral and protested there over four Christians killed in sectarian violence the day before.
Pope Tawadros II publicly blamed Morsi for failing to protect the building.
Egyptian security forces stood by during a brutal attack on Coptic Christians in Luxor days after Mohamed Morsi’s removal, according to Amnesty International.
During the 18-hour-long attack on 5 July, the security forces left six besieged Coptic Christian men – four of whom were then killed and one hospitalised – to the mercy of an angry crowd.
An angry mob armed with metal bars, knives, tree branches and hammers attacked Christian homes and businesses in Nagah Hassan, 11 miles west of Luxor, after the dead body of a Muslim man was discovered near the homes of Christian families.
Despite local residents’ and religious leaders’ repeated calls for help, security forces on the scene made only half-hearted attempts to end the violence and sufficient reinforcements failed to arrive.
And another story from the leftist BBC.
The Zanzibar government has offered a reward of 10m Tanzanian shillings (£3,970; $6,170) for information leading to the capture of attackers who threw acid at two UK women, police say.
Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee, both 18 and from London, had acid thrown on their faces, chests and hands.
The island’s Police Commissioner Musa Ali Musa told the BBC that there was “no prime suspect” for the attack.
He said that a lot of people had been questioned and information gathered.
However no-one has been arrested or charged and investigations are continuing, Mr Musa said.
[…]The two young Britons, who were volunteering for the charity Art in Tanzania, have been flown back to the UK.
I post these stories because it’s become fashionable in certain circles to condemn “judging”. Everybody wants to be liked these days, and that means being “tolerant” and seeing all views and cultures as equally valid. Even Christains are taken in by it, extolling the virtues of not judging anyone, and judging people who do think that evil really is evil.
When you meet someone who says that it is wrong to judge, show them these news stories.