July 22, 2021
SURREY, B.C. - On July 19, 2021, A fire broke out at Surrey's St. George Coptic Orthodox Church. Surrey RCMP has confirmed there was an attempted arson at the church previously, and that the investigation is ongoing. It is suspected that this fire may be a misguided attempt of retaliation for the residential schools forced upon the Indigenous Peoples of Canada.
We condemn these unacceptable acts and offer our sincerest thoughts and prayers to the Orthodox community. We echo the words of Bishop Mina of the St. George Coptic Orthodox Church when we call on “the Honourable Premier John Horgan and all authorities in the Province of British Columbia to immediately and expeditiously conclude this investigation.” According to the Catholic News Agency, The Surrey RCMP said the two fires were “suspicious,” but added that “there is currently no evidence linking these two separate investigations.”
Assistant General Secretary of the B.C. Muslim Association, Yusuf Siraj was quoted as saying, “The Muslim community, and especially the Arab community stands with our brothers and sisters in the Orthodox Chrisitan community. Like many of the congress of St. George Coptic