- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Daily Mail editor-at-large Piers Morgan on Monday criticized the American media for paying more attention to isolated terrorist attacks in Europe while ignoring the Islamic State’s ongoing war on Christianity in the Middle East.

Appearing on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Mr. Morgan lamented that “a handful of people being killed” in recent terrorist attacks in Stockholm and London have gotten “huge attention” in America, while coverage of suicide bombings on two Coptic Christian churches that killed dozens in Egypt on Palm Sunday appeared to be an afterthought.

“And yet, what happened in Egypt was unbelievably significant,” Mr. Morgan said.

“If you look at what ISIS really stands for, what they are carrying out now in the Middle East and in Egypt in particular, is a kind of genocidal attack on Christians and Christianity,” he said, using an acronym for the Islamic State terrorist group.

“They want Christianity eradicated, and they want to convert all Muslims to their crusade,” he said. “They want it to be a holy war. And they want Christians gone. And I don’t think that narrative is getting the attention it should get in the American media and, I have to say, in other media as well around the world.”

Mr. Morgan, a Roman Catholic, said he’s “concerned” about Pope Francis’ scheduled trip to Egypt to meet with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi later this month.

“I’m concerned about the pope’s safety,” he said. “He would be a massive target, a massive prize for these Islamist terrorists. And they’ve made it very clear that he is the number one target for them in that battle against Christians. They attacked the church where the Coptic pope was actually officiating. So they have made their intentions clear.

“Now, I think this is a huge story,” he continued. “This is the kind of story that ought to be dominating cable news in America. It should be dominating headlines around the world. The press in America should be full of headlines about this. This narrative, to me, is very straightforward. ISIS have declared war on Christianity. I’m not seeing that being covered enough.”

Egypt imposed a three-month nationwide state of emergency Monday after suicide bombings at two Coptic Christian churches in Alexandria and Tanta killed 45 people on Palm Sunday. The head of the Coptic church, Pope Tawadros II, was inside St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria when it was attacked but was unhurt.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying the blood of Christians would flow “like rivers,” The Associated Press reported.

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