Q&A on the News

Q: Cable news networks have reported that many churches were looted and burned in Egypt during recent violence. What is the Christian population in Egypt?

— William McKee Jr., Flowery Branch

A: The percentage of Christians in Egypt is listed from 5 percent to 10 percent, depending on the source. A 2011 Pew Research Center report, based on a 2008 survey, put the number of Christians in Egypt at 5 percent, or 4 million of the country’s 80 million people. However, recent media reports say that 10 percent of the Egyptian population is Christian, a number that comes from officials at the Coptic Orthodox Church, the main Christian denomination in Egypt. The Pew Research Center warned that Christians could be undercounted in Egypt because they might be hesitant to report their religious beliefs for fear of reprisal.

Q: How many home runs did Ron Gant hit while playing for the Atlanta Braves?

—Charlie Lindsey, Fayetteville

A: Gant hit 147 of his 321 career home runs while playing for the Braves from 1987-94. He was a key member of the Braves in the early 1990s, playing second base, third base and the outfield as Atlanta reached the World Series in 1991 and ’92. He missed the 1994 season with a broken right leg and went on to play for Cincinnati, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Anaheim, Colorado, Oakland (twice) and San Diego before retiring in 2003. Gant has been a co-anchor on Fox 5’s “Good Day Atlanta” since October 2012.

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