On Palm Sunday, the world experienced yet another attack by ISIS. The terror group which President Obama rightfully described as “pure evil,” struck again—this time killing 44 Christian worshippers and injuring more than 100 at 2 churches in Egypt.
The first blast happened at St. George Church in the Nile Delta town of Tanta, where at least 27 people were killed and 78 others wounded, officials said.
A second explosion was caused by a suicide bomber who tried to storm St. Mark's Cathedral in the coastal city of Alexandria, and left at least 17 dead, and 48 injured.
The blasts came at the start of Holy Week leading up to Easter, and just weeks before Pope Francis is due to visit Egypt. This mass slaying of innocent people—particularly during a Christian holiday—is ISIS’s calling card. The terror group boasted that “Christians are our favorite prey.”
While American Christians often joke about backsliding from church, and only attending on Christmas or Easter, we do so knowing that whenever we choose, we can enter our churches, mosques and temples expecting to feel safe and welcomed. We, as a free society, don’t go fearing for our lives or thinking we’ll have to hide our religious beliefs.
The Constitution gives Americans the right to worship openly and freely. We are not bound by one particular religion. Inherent in this right is the expectation that we allow religious freedom to others as well.
So, while these attacks impacted Christians, every religious group in America should take notice. ISIS loves no one. Jews, Buddhists, even Islamic people who respect Christians, are not safe.
Whether you will attend a House of Worship this weekend, or quietly celebrate Easter with family and friends, let’s remember those victims in Egypt. They paid the price doing something that should be a personal right for every human being—demonstrating their faith in God, exercising their religious freedom.
Inglewood Today wishes you a very happy Easter. May you experience resurrection of your mind, body and spirit, and cherish your religious rights.