Egypt’s Kristallnacht – Speech in The House of Lords – the February 2015 Beheading of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya and Tribute to Dr.Helmy Guirguis, founder of the UK Copts


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Remarks by Lord Alton of Liverpool at a Memorial Service for Dr.Helmy Guirguis – Founder of the UK Copts – at the Royal Society of Medicine, London, 6.30 pm, March 3rd 2015.

 

Dr.Helmy Guirguis - founder of the UK Copts. Dr.Helmy Guirguis – founder of the UK Copts.

 

Icon of the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded in Libya in February 2015 Icon of the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded in Libya in February 2015

In 1997, when I was raised to the Peerage as a Baron, and entered the House of Lords, one of my young children asked me “Dad, does it mean we get a castle?”.

 

No, but, I told him, that thanks to Her Majesty the Queen, Garter-King-of-Arms, would be talking to me about my right to a coat of arms.

 

What should go on a coat-of-arms, my son asked?

 

Symbols, and a motto which mean something to you and which connect with you, your family, and the beliefs which animate you. So, we talked…

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