Obama Should Condemn Anti-Christian Violence in Egypt

Reprinted from White House Dossier.

Even as he renews his outreach to Muslims, President Obama should seek to stem the growing tide of violence against Coptic Christians in Egypt by condemning last weekend’s attacks that left a dozen people dead and scores injured.

The attacks, about which Obama has been silent, also resulted in the burning of Coptic Orthodox churches and the destruction of Christian homes and businesses.

The president needs to say more to stem religious violence that creates opportunities for Islamic extremists who want to seize power in Egypt, our most important Arab ally.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Monday “strongly” condemned the violence, saying, “We stand behind the Coptic Christian community and their right to practice their faith in safety and security, free of persecution.”

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Obama is preparing to try to reengage Muslims with a speech, possibly next week, that will make the case that Muslims should “reject Islamic militancy in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death and embrace a new era of relations with the U.S.”

Whether Obama views condemning Muslim violence against Christians as inopportune during the lead up to a renewed outreach to Muslims is unclear. But it’s worth noting that after Obama seemed inexplicably slow off the mark supporting the masses of Iranian protestors two years ago, there was widespread belief that he was concerned about compromising his outreach to the Iranian government.

Obama, though a Christian, seems to view his background, which includes a Muslim grandfather and several years living as a child in Muslim Indonesia, as giving him a special conduit into the Muslim world. But I doubt this type of personal outreach by one man changes the way people view the United States. And it shouldn’t interfere with other aspects of U.S. policy.

Obama commendably condemned a New Year’s Eve church bombing in Alexandria, Egypt that killed 21. But he has said little – actually nothing that I could find – about the religious killings and tensions since then, which included the deaths of 12 people Jan. 30 during a raid of Christian homes in Upper Egypt.

Obama also should speak about about the growing violence against Christians in Iraq, a country where we have some real sway. Four were killed and 171 injured in attacks over the weekend, prompting a reaction from Pope Benedict XVI.

Keith Koffler is a veteran White House reporter. White House Dossier is the only 24/7, independent, and totally unauthorized White House blog.

  • crackerjack

    Get you facts right ………….
    http://www.copts.com/english/?p=285

    • Leon

      Thats a link to a 5 month old story .. what does that have to do with current events?

  • haykel

    you got it wrong. Muslims and Copts are both arabics and learned to live together for long time and will continue sharing the same land..

    what is making extremists and will push them to more extreme behavior is the European/ US politics/attitude, making Muslims feel different, building barrier between you and them and treating them in non fair manners, that is what makes extremists and that is what is what will increase their number.

    and advise for peaceful almost neutral Muslim, change your politics and attitude towards them before it is too late..

    • Haykel

      * an advise from a peaceful, almost neutral Muslim: change your politics and attitude towards them before it is too late..

      • Leon

        'what is making extremists and will push them to more extreme behavior is the European/ US politics/attitude, making Muslims feel different,…. '

        Another muslim blaming others for their actions .. what a surprise …

        You are an idiot

      • BIG CANADIAN IRISH

        haykel you are a dimwit – ive read your koran and your other so-called holy books – guess what? there aint nothing holy about them – the most vile, ignorant, intolerant rubbish ive ever read – all made up by a demonic, murdering, lying, pedophile…you muslims think you are fooling people anymore?..we see right through you and your stack of fecal reading material..PBUY(pissbeuponyou)

    • StephenD

      "what is making extremists and will push them to more extreme behavior is the European/ US politics/attitude, making Muslims feel different…."Tell me, how can a person MAKE another person feel anything? How can an attitude from others MAKE an EXTREMIST?More importantly, how long do you think you can continue to fool yourselves with excuses for your barbarity by blaming someone else for making you "feel bad?"The shame of all this isn't just the immediate lose of innocent lives but the long term tragedy of you bringing up your children to hate for the same nonsensical reasons. What a legacy you leave for them…you should be proud. You advocate killing because of someone else’s attitude, and then teach this to your kids! What a great and holy thing to do.

    • vladdy

      I'm not going to do your research for you, but there are certainly ample news stories on the net that show church burnings and other murders of the Copts, an ongoing massacre that infects all countries where the muslim population is high enough to lead to ethnic cleansing.

  • CHARLEY 60

    Or what? We in America are not represented by the hate and fear mongers. That dosen't mean we won't clear out of our society anyone who attacks us in any way. We have a long history of being quite able to do that. In the same light there has been some awfull examples of discrimination on planes the past few weeks. Those airline officals should also be made to understand that me and so many others were not fighting only for the rights of Black Americans, but all of them regardless of race or creed, in the 60s. I hurt so bad in seeing many starting down the same road that we felt had been cleared. I won't accept that, however. as us failing but a new challange for the young to carry tthe ball.

    • vladdy

      Perhaps you should turn to fighting sharia and the persecution of women and gays in muslim countries. That is a much more major problem that anything happening in the U.S. among black and arab people. Or perhaps you would be interested in fighting modern day slavery in Saudi Arabia and other strict muslim countries or child soldiers and FMG in Africa.

      About about the "We have a long history…." statment. Would you please provide linnks for the history of countries that are living on land they had since the creation of it –in other words, countries that have not indulged in warfare for territory at any time in their history? Rather than say "We," wouldn't it be more fair to point out that this is how civilization has developed throughout time?

      It sounds like you are not fond of the Unied States. We really are doing well compared to much of the world. For instance, at this time dry runs are more of a problem than discrimination on air flights. The youth you speak of will have their hands full flighting jihad and sharia worldwide, which will make American civil rights battles look like a picnic next to the discrimination faced by non-muslims, women and gays under the muslim law which is worming its way into our country.

  • Amused

    Persecution of Egyptian Coptic Church and its members has been going on for years .And it's got NOTHING to do with the west or jouralists or anything else BUT , MUSLIM INTOLERANCE . Muslims in Egypt are simply being the intolerant barbarians they have always been . Perscution of non-muslims is nothing new in the muslim world , their cult was founded on it .
    Obama "SHOULD CONDEMN " ..??? Yea , so should have BUSH jr. BUSH sr. Clinton , Reagan .Why aren't they screaming in the House , or the Senate ????
    Kieth your article is JUST AS DISINGENUOUS as " haykels " remarks in the above posts .
    What ? Have all the republicans allowed Obama to become their moral mouthpiece ? You act as if muslim persecution of christians [ and every other non-muslim faith ] is something new . Are you really this naive about this issue , or simply just playing the bash Obama game . I suspect the latter .

  • samsgran1948

    To the Liberal way of thinking, Christianity is the root of all evil. Jesus Christ and his followers are nothing but racists, homophobic, anti-feminist greedy pigs who live to grind the poor into the dirt for the sin of being poor. Liberals will defend any other religion in the world (except Judaism), brushing aside tiny imperfections such as honor killings, beheadings and stonings as mere triffles not worthy of mention. But Christianity is the cause of all the world's ills and if Christians suffer persecution, it is the fault of the Christians themselves. No Liberal will raise a hand in defense of Christianity. Waiting for Obummer to speak out is a fool's errand.

    • Toa

      Hear, Hear!!! You saved me having to post those very words…

  • chase

    True. Obama should long long ago condemn anti-gentile violence as well.

    • Amused

      yea , as should the republicans and past presidents ……..but you'll focus on Obama when in actuality , NO ONE in the House or Senate has said a thing …..wonder why that is ?

  • phillyfanatic

    To speak out agains Christian persecution would lose many many group votes for Obama for 2012. Black Panthers, CAIR, La Raza, Southern …civil rights blathering group. And on it goes.

    • Fred Dawes

      you can see.

  • Pharoah

    I am Coptic! I tell you that the Coptic poeple are not Arabic and have their own identity. The word Coptic means Egytptian. The Coptic people are the indigeounous people of Egypt before the Arab/muslim conquest. There is no intermingling of marriage or faith and never lived side by side peacefully. It is impossible for Christians and Muslims to live side by side peacefully unless Christians submit to dhimmy status and even then there is friction. Don't call me Arab!

    • vladdy

      Thank you for helping to set the story straight. And just to let you know, I (and millions of others) pray for you daily.

    • Fred Dawes

      The Coptic are the 1ST Follower's of Christ, that is why muslims must murder your people and the muslims are total evil and against God. and obama is on the side of the muslims.

  • vladdy

    "Obama, though a Christian,"

    Would you please provide evidence? Because after researching for several years, all I have found is his word and the word of others, along with his BLT church which is closely alligned with Marxism and the NOI rather than Biblical Christianity.

    It is sad that we have reached the point where journalists print as a fact something that they have not investigated, but are accepting as truth because someone said it.

  • vladdy

    You took a lot of time and words to say that you believe conservatives should speak out more instead of writing on blogs. Take out all the ad hominem, and you will have a more succinct argument.

    • Amused

      Gimme a brewak Vladdy , just take a look at the post I replied to , and the ones tghat followed . People here wont even acknowledge their glaring hypocrisy and phony "concern " . Ad hominem ? no , simply definitive description .

  • Amused

    Vladdy , how do YOU prove you're a Christian ? What evidence have you of your Christianity ? Do you know in essence what makes one a true Christian ? Google Obama's Easter breakfast speech , and tell me what YOU think .

  • smartidiot

    People, please stop dilly-dallying, pussy-footing, a tleast now. the time for hand-wringing is long gone. for the last 1400 years, humanity has been terrorised by this satanic cult called "islam." there are estimated 6.9 billion humans on the planet right now, out of those, an estimated 1.6 are muslims, so they are in the satan's grip. forget about them. if the rest of humamnity strives unitedly, we can win this do-or-die battle against this satanic cult of "islam." it's a matter of survival of free humanity. please, everyone try & understand the gravity of the situation. we must act unitedly.

  • CabotAR

    Persecution of Christians has been going on for decades in the Middle East. There are no Christian churches in Yemen based on govt. policy & in Saudi Arabia you will be put in jail for even having up any kind of Christmas decoration. And, there is the church bombing in Islamabad in 2003 that most people have now forgotten.

  • Amused

    2003 !??? Hows about whats going on as we speak in IRAQ ? And Afghanistan ? Like I said , it's as if people on this blog ,AS WELL AS THE AUTHOR OF THIS ARTICLE , are juist now becoming aware of the persecution of Christians , in Egypt . Does Koffler really think his motive is NOT transparent ? Oh please , does Koffler assume the readership here that dumb ? It's obviously an opportunistic scam ,to take a cheap shot at the Pres . True many here will suck it up , for the propaganda rhetoric that it was meant to be , never realizing this persecution did not start with the removal of Mubarak . It has been ongoing for decades .Following this alleged rationale , why then did not either Bush , Clinton , or Reagan take issue with the persecution of Copts ?

    • Fred Dawes

      In the name of christ do you think we are that dumb not to see facts in front of are face's and not to see evil in the hate obama has for this country and its ideals, come to god toss your ideals out the window and stop being a total evil leftists racists.

      • Amused

        Yup , especially YOU Dawes , an avowed racist , ans AS a Christian myself , I take exception for your taking the name of the Lord in Vain , for your fevered idiotic political rant. "FACTS in front of OUR Faces " ?? You dont knlow the meaniung of the expression you just expectorated !
        ALL you see Dawes , indeed ! ALL you are capable of seeing , is through your perveted lense of racial hatred . Your racism has now morphed into full blown psychosis – go seek nprofessionla counseling before you hurt yourself Dawes .

  • sydchaden

    Muslims have been killing Muslims for more than a thousand years. Muslims have been killing Christians for more than a thousand years. Muslims have been killing Jews for more than a thousand years. The US and UN created Israel as a safe haven for Jews, to enable their survival. Perhaps the US and UN need to create a country where Christians can be safe. If they won't do it, Israel should offer them sanctuary.

  • Fred Dawes

    Obama is helping in the mass killing of christians in fact he is helping with weapons and mass murder.
    Obamas ideals of justice Is mass violence he has said that many times, come on boys who do you think put up the money for obama, just look east and obama is a dvotee to the muslims ideals and program of take over of this world.

  • Beverly

    Christians have their safe haven it's called "God" and he prepares a place for us called "Heaven" and a lot of us are fortunately blessed enough to live in the most safe confinement on earth called "America." I choose God, I choose Christianity, I choose America, I choose freedom, I choose a more peaceful way of life, I choose not take others lives in the name of religion as this is blasphemy in the "ONE God's name. The wars are not "HOLY" wars they are simply manmade desire for power above others and only wanting to share with the world at unreasonable demands. Why do Muslims have problems amongst themselves that they form thuglike gangs and kill eachother & for revengeful purposes?? Muslims that buy into this violence as a way of life or for "God" needs more education or physchiatric help. But not to worry I'm sure our Christian tax dollars will provide for that as well. May God give the Christians the strength to go to work daily to make the money to suffice the world as well as the "sain Muslims" who wish to come to our "promisedland the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA."

  • LindaRivera

    Silence is consent.

    Obama: “My Muslim Faith” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKGdkqfBICw

    Obama: Muslim call to prayer one of the Prettiest Sounds on Earth http://www.arkjournal.com/2008/06/obama-muslim-ca

    Obama Bows low to Saudi King: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd425zfw5Ew&fe

  • LindaRivera

    In the Judeo-Christian nation that is America, President Obama makes no attempt to hide his rabid hate for G-D, the Bible, Judaism and Christianity:

    Obama Mocks & Attacks Jesus Christ And The Bible http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi-V_ilJu0w&NR

  • Lightning Jack

    Is there actually anyone in the world who Muslims can peacefully coexist with or haven't declared jihad against yet?

    Ah yes, the sweet sound of prayer call yodeling in downtown Detroit and liberal-progressive self-flagellating over the civil liberties of religious fanatics and common criminals, who would afford them no such luxury… and all of it, so their delusional inner psycho's can feel so tolerant and morally superior.

  • http://www.free-christian-voice.net/ isaac

    Obama isnt human, Obama is dark snake

  • Sabi

    America should take in all the suffering Copt Christians as REFUGEES instead of these unfaithfull Somali and other Muslims,who come here ,enjoy our free welfare system and send money to jihad training against America.