Copts Running for Their Lives

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). 


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Historically, non-Muslims whose lands were seized by the jihad had three choices: conversion, dhimmitude, or death. Today, however, they have a fourth option largely unavailable to their forbears: quit their lands of origin—emigrate—the latest testimony to the nature of Islam.

A recent report indicates that unprecedented numbers of Copts, Egypt’s indigenous Christian population, are emigrating from their homeland in response to the so-called “Arab spring”:

The Egyptian Union of Human Rights Organizations (EUHRO) published a report today on emigration of Christians from Egypt, saying that nearly 100,000 Christians have emigrated since March 2011. The report, which was sent to the Egyptian cabinet and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), warned that this emigration has been prompted by the escalating intimidation and attacks on Christians by Islamists. “Copts are not emigrating abroad voluntarily,” said Naguib Gabriell, the director EUHRO, “they are coerced into that by threats and intimidation by hard line Salafists, and the lack of protection they are getting from the Egyptian regime.”

The report goes on to list a number of attacks on Copts and churches—including the killing of Coptic youth in Moqattam, the Imbaba and other church attacks—adding “Salafist clerics, who gained political influence after the January 25 Revolution, have become emboldened, calling Copts Dhimmis who have to pay the jizya (tax paid by non-Muslims to the state) because they are not first class citizens and can never enjoy full citizenship rights, or obtain sensitive posts.”

Indeed, this boldness is a harbinger of things to come—and Copts know it, hence the emigration. Wagdi Ghoneim, a popular cleric and former imam in California, recently called Copts “Crusaders” on Al Jazeera—about the worst thing to call someone in the Muslim world—insisting that they do not deserve equal rights with Muslims in Egypt, because they are infidel dhimmis. Likewise, Abu Shadi, a top representative of the Salafis, told Tahrir News that the Copts must either convert to Islam, pay jizya and assume inferior status, or die. These are just a couple of examples of the countless Muslim leaders openly hostile to Egypt’s native population.

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  • http://www.nightmist.us/study/NL/UNITEDSTATES/ Axe

    I didn't realize the word "emigrate" meant to flee, but apparently it does. I hope everyone who is trying to emigrate has time.

  • Jim

    When the Muslims kill or chase out the non Muslims then they can not collect the non Muslim tax any more. Early in their movement the Muslim leaders realized that and stopped trying to convert every one. It was bad for business. Recently there is a new frame of mind.

    I worked with Copts at a Mideast university. The COPTS are a great part of the intellectual back bone of Egypt. The fanatics with in Islam are shooting their own country in the foot.

  • Dispozadaburka

    Islam (left to it's own devices) is doomed to fail.
    It is the nature of the "beast."
    It has to live off of a host and eventually
    kills the host.
    It cannot generate Light on it's own.
    That is why the symbol of Islam is "crescent moon."
    The moon cannot generate Light on it's own.
    It merely "reflects" the Light of the Sun.
    This "caliphate" of Islam around the world
    can be viewed (symbolically) as an "eclipse."
    The greatest darkness (hatred, war, terrorism,chaos) that the ideology of Islam generates
    is temporary and masks the true nature of humankind.
    Once this illusion is unmasked…
    and it will be…
    It will reveal the true nature of mankind,
    which is..you guessed it…
    Love
    This" eclipse will bring about the final redemption.

  • Sound Doc

    I have a Christian friend in Egypt who has a family and was raised there and his ancestors are also Copts. He is trying to flee with his family, but cannot get a Visa unless he pays $20,000. The Muslims set their feet on your head and stand while they command you to go.

  • StephenD

    This can't be. I recall Obama giving a speech from Cairo praising the wonderful contributions of Islam. How could something so wonderful be blamed for the forced migration of non-believers in their midst? Oh yes, of course! It must be that the followers of the "Religion of Peace" have already shown compassion and offered a choice to the Copts (since there is no compulsion in Islam). When these Infidel Copts refuse the generous offer to become one of their brothers, why, they are declaring themselves to be in opposition to Islam…who only yearns for peace! These evil Copts are rightfully banished to second class status or looked upon as enemies! How dare they stand in defiance of the great and wonderful Oz…I mean Islam offered them freely?!? They suffer this fate at their own hand. You must not blame Islam. Islam is the victim here! They reach out in peace and are snubbed. These poor, poor, Muslims; always the victim of Islamophobics.

  • LindaRivera

    Obama invited his top favorites, the Muslim Brotherhood, to his speech in Cairo. Behind the scenes, America worked to oust U.S. ally, moderate Mubarak, in order to bring to power their favorites, the Muslim Brotherhood whose goal is the destruction of civilization.

    After Mubarak's ouster, predictably, things became very grim for Egypt's Christians. Violent Muslim attacks on Christians, their homes, churches and properties increased enormously. The kidnappings of Christian female children by Muslim males also increased enormously.

    The U.S. Congress has a moral obligation, as do other Western countries to act quickly to rescue Egypt's Christians and get them out.

    Egypt is a warning to all Western countries who have taken in large numbers of Muslim immigrants. Islamic conquest via Muslim immigration and very large Muslim families. The same hell on earth horrors perpetrated by Muslims against Christians in Egypt will happen in OUR countries.

  • J. S. Czubak

    The same hell on earth horrors perpetrated by Muslims against Coptic Christians is happening today in Kosovo and Bosnia against Orthodox Christians. And sadly, both the US and EU are biased towards the Muslims.

  • joy52

    True.More Copts would leave if they could get out. A big problem is that muslims control gettiing a visa of any kind at foriegn embassies in Egypt. Copts do pay a tax to remain Christian. Mob hostility against Christians in Egypt has gone on for years. So they pay the government to stay Christian and the government allows the mob to attack them. They value education, hard work, and attend church. The rampant cultural hatred of Jews and Christians is openly promoted in muslim countries…the lucky get out.

  • xlent

    Ah yes, coming soon to a country near you. Wherever the evil of islam is takes root this same story will be played out.

  • redhawk1989

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  • Elizabeth

    Trying to understand why there is an ad for sharia compliant finance in the middle of this article. I did not expect that from Front Page and David Horowitz, of all people! I tried to email them directly but it would not go through. Am i the only one who sees the ad? Please Front Page, get rid of it! Sharia compliant lending finances terrorism and should be illegal!
    thank you

  • Ray Czar

    Hey Choir
    Where is our "christian' Prez speaking out for Copt Christians?
    Where is our "christian" Prez speaking up for Sudanese Christians?
    Matter of fact where is our "christian" Prez speaking up for American
    Christians or any other persecuted Christians around the globe?

    Where is any outward evidence that he is even sympathic toward any
    Christians? Zero
    And we all know by his "example" the sympathy, respect, and "sensitivity"
    he shows toward Muslim leaders, and our enemies!

    I have no apology in judging this man as a phony!
    Lets put him on umemployment in 2012.
    Wake up America!

    Ray Czar

    • Chicago Ray

      I hear that my namesake friend !!

      And he's a devout Christian! Yea sure, My azz he is and never has been. lololol He's been groomed all along by Marxist Muslims and Blacks for his role as a US covert Muslim in government ONLY they never dreamed Americans would be so stupid to elect and elevate him so quickly without any freaking experience to role of US president!!

      He's destroyed America's prowess in the world for one reason and one reason only, to elevate the Muslim world since they couldn't possibly do it themselves in this land. Now they're everywhere like flies on shiiite building their forts in our backyards and Victory Mosques on ground zero while self hating Jews Like Bloomberg pacify these animals on our own freaking land.

  • Yeshayahu Goldfeld

    The Egyptian press completely distorts all facts about the persecution of Copts by the masses.Reports about Muslims destroying churches or the authorities dispersing
    rioters are masterpieces of disinformation the stupidity of which offends intelligence.

  • Guest

    Once Muslims move into an area, they spread into the social fabric through the establishment of mosques, by the economic through stores in every part of the city to bring Muslims into areas once dominated by only the host population, the use the political sphere to get Muslims elected into local, then state, then federal offices by sheer numbers in order to take over the entire social, economic, and political host through the protection of what is defined as a religion…It more commonly fits the definition of a virus: a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of organisms. Most viruses are too small to be seen directly with a light microscope. Viruses infect all types of organisms…(Babylon's Covert War)

  • Chicago Ray

    These are the very same Muzzies who whine and cry and moan endlessly about their being ejected from "Palestine" which they stole from the Jews in the first place. They steal land it's theirs but when it's taken back they're being persecuted. And meanwhile they kill Christians in Africa on whims, Barry sits in his office jerking off to Marxist reading and no one does a freaking thing.

    Were I in power as president the Muslim world would get ONE warning: Move into the 21st century or perish. Period end of story. Attack the west one more time, disappear from existence. Don't believe me? try it. And I'd nuke the entire region and peace on earth could FINALLY be achieved.

    Every single war and military conflict going on today is a result of Islamic aggression, something that hasn't changed since the freaking Crusades. Since 911 there've been almost 18 freaking thousand Islamic terror attacks and yet the Jews and Americans are the devil's spawn? http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/ Dream on you mad Muslims and pray I never run for US president. You will cease to exist..

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