While Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is committed to defeating the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic State, which would persecute severely or even exterminate Egyptian Christians if given the chance, this ancient religious minority has hardly flourished under his rule. Samuel Tadros explains:
Despite Reports to the Contrary, Egypt’s Copts Are Not Flourishing
At America’s Best Universities, Biblical Religion Is a Curiosity, if Not a Menace
At the time of Columbia University’s founding in 1784, notes Meir Soloviechik, the leader of the local synagogue, Gershom Mendes Seixas, was made a member of its board of regents. A Jewish student even gave a commencement address, composed by Seixas, in Hebrew. In the 20th century, Columbia attracted numerous Jews with the relaxation of quotas, and was the first secular university to create a chair in Jewish history. Barnard College, Columbia’s all-women’s school, was itself founded by a Jewish woman, and today has a large number of Orthodox Jewish students.