Like many of us, I have been watching the events of the last few days taking place in the mideast with horror and fascination. I have given this a great deal of thought and prayer and I want to express a few non-political ideas that I believe that all of us who are Orthodox Christians should support in a show of solidarity with the Coptic Christians of Egypt and across the world.
It now appears that one of the principals of the recently posted, amateurish 'movie' on Youtube is a man who claims some degree of allegience to the Coptic Orthodox Church in California. His Bishop, +Seraphim (Boules) of Los Angeles, had these profound comments regarding this man: "A good Christian would not do that," Boules said, sitting on a pew in St. Mary and St. Verena along La Palma Avenue. "He may very well turn out to be a Coptic Orthodox person, but I assure you, it would be in name only." "Christians don't do that," he said. "It sounds to me like this person should be sitting in the confession chair, not the director chair." http://www.ocregister.com/news/coptic-371309-christians-boules.html
Like many of us, we fear that mindless violence may now engulf the Copts. This can not be allowed to take place as a genocide along the lines of the most horrific in history may ensure.
I urge all of us to condemn the hate mongerers and those who preach violence in the name of our Lord as the only solution to our problems. Write your Bishops, contact you pastors, your members of Congress, the Senate, the President and the candidates for these offices and prayerfully urge them to stand in support of the Christians of Egypt today and in the future.
I understand that some of you will have a more politically motivated or harsher opinion on this entire matter, but in the sake of showing a common front, I urge you to take those concerns to the private boards and not post them in response.
May the Pokrov - the Holy Mantle and protection of the most Blessed Birthgiver and Theotokas - protect our OO and EO brothers and sisters in the mideast (for that matter all Christians living there) as she protected the faithful at Blachernae church in Constantinople in the tenth century.