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Christians throughout the Middle East are being persecuted by increasingly intolerant Muslim majorities, while Muslims in “Christian” Europe and North America have been empowered to demand ever more privileges.
The New American reported on March 28, 2011 that
Muslim Protesters, some of them women clad in black burqas, marched in London last week to demand Sharia law for the United Kingdom…The protesters carried signs with disturbing anti-American and anti-European messages. “Islam the solution for mankind,” one said, while another proclaimed that “Democracy will bring oppression.” Another called the United States, Britain, and France a “Trinity of evil,” while a fourth warned that “Sharia will dominate the world.”
Neither Western powers nor the Vatican have taken any actions to redress the dangerous situation faced by their Middle Eastern co-religionists. One cannot name a single Western “Christian” leader that has threatened the Muslim leader of Egypt with any form of retaliation, including the imposition of restrictions on Muslims living in Europe and America. In fact, President Obama invoked moral equivalency between the government-approved Egyptian Muslim killers and the Christian victims when he stated on October 10, 2011, “Now is a time for restraint on all sides so that Egyptians can move forward together to forge a strong and united Egypt.”
The absence of vociferous Western intervention on behalf of the persecuted Christians in Egypt, for example, has led to the brazen behavior of the Egyptian military regime, which resulted in the murder of 35 Christian demonstrators and the injuring of over 300 on Sunday, October 9, 2011.
The Coptic church of Egypt lambasted the nation’s military authorities on Monday, October 10, 2011, for having allowed repeated attacks on Christians with impunity, when most of the Christians were simply trying to stage a peaceful protest over the attack on their church. The spiritual leader of the Coptic Christian minority, Pope Shenouda III, who presided over funerals for some of the murder victims, declared three days of mourning, praying and fasting beginning on Tuesday. The preceding Sunday’s sectarian violence in Egypt was the worst since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February.
Gruesome pictures that showed members of the Egyptian army and policemen in vehicles firing at the peaceful Christian demonstrators with live ammunition, attests to the intentional brutality of the regime. These attacks served to appease the Islamist masses by allowing the Coptic Christian minority in Egypt to become the scapegoats for their rage.
Ihab Aziz, a Coptic-American activist, described the Sunday events that preceded the massacre saying, “The procession started at the Christian populated district of Shubra and went to Maspero, in front of the TV building, on the river Nile. On their way some Muslims fired live ammunition over their heads to terrorize them and some bricks were hurled at them. By the time they arrived to Maspero there were nearly 150,000 protesters. The army and police were waiting about 200 meters away from the Maspero TV building and they started firing at us. Two army armored vehicles came at great speed and drove into the crowds, going backwards and forwards, mowing people under their wheels.” Aziz said that he saw at least 20 dead Copts around him.
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