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Now, consider Muslim behavior toward Christian symbols, specifically the crucifix, where Muslims are the majority and thus in charge—where might not only makes right, but often exposes true sentiments.
Days ago it was revealed that a Christian student in Egypt was strangled and beaten to death by his Muslim teacher and fellow students—simply for refusing to obey the teacher’s orders to cover up his cross. When the headmaster was informed of the attack in progress, he ignored it and “continued to sip his tea.” And, as usual, Egyptian media covered it up, insisting the “conflict” was “non-sectarian” (worse, it was straightforward “Christian persecution”).
In the words of prominent Egyptian columnist Farida El-Shobashy, writing in the independent newspaper Masry Youm: “I was shaken to the bones when I read the news that a teacher forced a student to take off the crucifix he wore, and when the Christian student stood firm for his rights, the teacher quarreled with him, joined by some of the students; he was beastly assaulted until his last breath left him.”
Indeed, the Maspero massacre, where the Egyptian military killed dozens of demonstrating Christians—including by running them over with armored-vehicles—began with hostility for Christian symbols: Muslims insisted a Coptic church be stripped of its dome and cross, so it would not resemble a church; as one Muslim elder put it, “the Cross provokes us and our children.” When Christians refused, Muslims destroyed the church. This is what Christians were protesting when the Egyptian military mowed them down to cries of “Allahu Akbar.”
These two stories—one in Washington, D.C., the other Egypt—demonstrate remarkable consistency; only methods differ, according to circumstances. Where Islam is weak, “terrorist-lawyers” and Islamist organizations like CAIR complain about “human rights” abuses against Muslims; where Islam is dominant, Muslims take matters into their own hands, violating the human rights of others.
Yet if the methods differ, the motivation is one: the victory of Islam over all else; or, in the words of the Quran (8:39)—“Make war on them [“infidels”] until idolatry shall cease and Allah’s religion [Islam] shall reign supreme.”
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