Islamists Project Islam’s Worst Traits onto Christians

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). 


In recent weeks, we saw how the Muslim world’s obsession with gaining converts evinces, in the words of one Muslim intellectual, an “inferiority complex”—a deadly one at that.

As it happens, inferiority complex is not the only psychological ailment besetting the Muslim world: some Muslims are also projecting the worst traits of Islam onto the beleaguered Christian communities living among them.

Take Egypt’s Christian Copts, for example.  Much of the recent violence inflicted upon them is based on the constant—but baseless—accusation that the Coptic Church is abducting and tormenting Coptic women who convert to Islam.  Amazingly, it is precisely the opposite scenario—Muslims kidnapping Christian women and forcing them to convert to Islam—that is a notorious phenomenon in Egypt.

It is so well attested that a bipartisan group of eighteen members of the U.S. Congress recently wrote to Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, director of the State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Office, documenting how Coptic females are increasingly subject to “fraud, physical and sexual violence, captivity, forced marriage, and exploitation in forced domestic servitude or commercial sexual exploitation, and financial benefit to the individuals who secure the forced conversion.”

A well-known psychological phenomenon, “projection” is defined as “the attribution of one’s own ideas, feelings, or attitudes to other people.” An academic article dealing with violence and projection states, “Projection allows the killer to project his (unacceptable) desire to kill (torture, rape, steal, dominate, etc.) onto some target group or person. This demonizes his target, making it even more acceptable to kill.”

Of course, projection has long been a means for Muslims to demonize Israel. Muslims accuse Israel and the Jews of living for “perpetual war,” “legitimizing land theft in the name of God,” and “plundering their opponent’s property.”

In fact, nothing less than Islam’s holy law, Sharia law, mandates perpetual war, land grab, and the plundering of non-believers. Muslim scriptures, history, and current events are rife with examples; the overwhelming majority of what constitutes the Muslim world was taken by force. Only recently, popular Muslim preacher Abu Ishaq al-Huweini boasted about how jihad is one of the highlights of Islam, specifically because it allows the plundering of infidels and enslavement of their women and children.

Yet, because Muslims are currently in a weakened position, they see themselves as victims—not just vis-à-vis a stronger Israel, but even small and vulnerable communities like the Copts.

For example, even as the military cooperates with the Islamists to make Coptic life a living hell, the prominent Egyptian cleric Khalid al-Jundi complains that in Egypt “Muslims have fewer rights than Christians, and even do not have the right to worship like Christians,” insisting that more mosques need to be built, “for those which have been built are not enough.”

In reality, it is Egyptian churches that cannot be built or even repaired—in accordance with Islamic law—without a presidential decree.  For example, during Mubarak’s final weeks, Egyptian security stormed the St. Mary church in Talbiya, forcing a stop to construction, demolishing stairs and toilets.

And while al-Jundi complains of Christians receiving more rights than Muslims, the fact remains:  “More than one million Copts live in the Talbiya area, without a single church to serve them, having to travel for miles every Sunday with their children to the nearest church. The protesters pointed out that the area is full of mosques without licenses, but when it comes to the Copts, they toil for years to obtain a permit for a church, then security comes out with some sort of excuse to stop them from praying there.”

More proof was supplied days ago, when thousands of Muslims surrounded a church in Egypt, refusing to allow it to open, insisting that it not have a cross on the dome and threatening to burn it down like other churches.

Islamist projection was particularly obvious when Muhammad Salim al-Awwa, former secretary-general of the International Union for Muslim Scholars, appeared on Al-Jazeera last September and, in a wild tirade, accused  the Copts of “stocking arms and ammunitions in their churches and monasteries”—imported from Israel no less, “the heart of the Coptic Cause”—and “preparing to wage war against Muslims.” He warned that if nothing is done, the “country will burn,” inciting Muslims to “counteract the strength of the [Coptic] Church.”

Al-Awwa further charged that Egypt’s security forces cannot enter the monasteries to investigate for weapons—an amazing assertion, considering that Coptic monasteries are not only at the mercy of the state, but are easy prey to Islamist and Bedouin attacks, with monks tortured and crucifixes spat upon.  When the monks of an ancient desert monastery in Egypt tried to erect a fence to keep the Bedouin raiders out, the military destroyed it and opened fire on the monks, while shouting “Allahu Akbar!”

Because of all these wild projections, the 86-year-old ailing Coptic Pope Shenouda III was portrayed last year as “a U.S. agent, an abductor and torturer of female Muslim converts from Christianity, who was stockpiling weapons in monasteries and churches with a view to waging war against the Muslims and dividing Egypt to create a Coptic State.”

Nor have these charges subsided; mere days ago “forty six Islamist lawyers filed a complaint with the Attorney against Pope Shenouda III, demanding the Pope open churches and monasteries for inspection to verify of the existence of weapons, and illegal places for the detention of citizens.”

All of these accusations are as inapplicable to the Coptic Church as they are perfectly applicable to Islamists. As we have seen, it is the Islamists who habitually kidnap Christian women and force them to convert to Islam. Equally ludicrous is the charge that the Copts are stockpiling weapons in monasteries and churches.

In a country where Islam reigns supreme, where Sharia (which mandates the subjugation of non-Muslims, a la the Koranic verse 9:29) is part of the Constitution, where Copts have been conditioned over centuries to be content with just being left alone—is it reasonable to believe that these selfsame, down-trodden Christians, who make up 10-15% of the population, are planning a violent takeover of Egypt?

It is easy to see, however, why such charges resonate with Muslims. After all, Islamists are constantly stockpiling weapons, including in mosques, as they prepare to violently seize power across the nations, Egypt being an especially coveted target. Indeed, at one point the aforementioned al-Awwa himself slipped by saying that “Muslims are arrested every day [in Egypt] for extremism and the possession of arms.”

Then there is the charge that Copts are trying to divide Egypt to create their own state, which is primarily based on a candid remark made by Coptic Bishop Bishoy months ago: “Muslims are guests in this country, Christians are the original residents. Prior to the Arab invasion of Egypt, which took place in the seventh century, the majority of Egypt’s population was Christian.” As usual, this otherwise historically accurate observation has enraged Muslims and been cited as “proof” that the Copts seek to divide Egypt and establish their own state.

In fact, it is Muslim minorities who habitually try to secede from non-Muslim countries. Whether by creating their own nations (e.g., Pakistan), or creating enclaves in the West, the notion of separating from the infidel is commanded in the Koran (e.g., 3:28, 4:89, 4:144, 5:54, 6:40, 9:23, and 58:22), codified in the doctrine of al-wala’ wa’l bara’, and imprinted on the Muslim psyche. Unsurprisingly, then, Muslims have come to project this divisive impulse onto the Copts as well.

There is perhaps no clearer example of Muslim projection than in the field of theology, whereby Christianity is made to conform to Muslim standards.  For example, in the midst of the accusation that the Copts are stockpiling weapons to wage war on Muslims, the Al Azhar Scholars Front, which consists of Al Azhar alumni, declared: “Christianity…is constantly defining its overt and covert policy of eliminating all its rivals or degrading [the followers of other religions] and depriving them of every reason to live so that they will be forced to convert to Christianity.”

In fact, this is precisely what Islam does: through jihad, “eliminate all its rivals,” or, through the institution of dhimmitude, “degrade [the followers of other religions] and deprive them of every reason to live so that they will be forced to convert to” Islam.  This is both historically and doctrinally demonstrable.

Similarly, when Bishop Bishoy declared that Egypt’s Christians are reaching the point of martyrdom due to the increase in persecution, this, too, was thoroughly “Islamicized” as a declaration of “war-to-the-death,” including by al-Awwa, who, during his Al Jazeera rant, asserted that “Father Bishoy declared that they would reach the point of martyrdom, which can only mean war. He said, ‘If you talk about our churches, we will reach the point of martyrdom.’ This means war.”

Of course, the notion that a martyr is someone who wages and dies in jihad, or “holy war,” is intrinsic to Islam (e.g., Koran 9:111). Even the authoritative Hans Wehr Arabic-English Dictionary translates shahid (“martyr”) as “one killed in battle with infidels.” On the other hand, Christian martyrdom has always meant being persecuted and killed for refusing to recant Christianity—and this is precisely the definition that has for centuries applied to Egypt’s Copts, the definition that Bishop Bishoy clearly meant (see this article for more on the important differences between Christian and Muslim notion’s of martyrdom).

To recap:

  • Islamists regularly abduct, abuse, brainwash, and compel Coptic girls to convert—and now Copts are accused of doing the exact same thing;
  • Islamists regularly smuggle and stockpile weapons, including in their holy places—and now Copts are accused of doing the exact same thing;
  • Islamists are constantly either trying to break away or conquer infidel nations—and now Copts are accused of doing the exact same thing;
  • Islamists seek to eliminate or subjugate the infidel according to the doctrine of jihad and dhimmitude—and now Christians are portrayed as seeking the exact same thing;
  • Islamic martyrdom means waging and dying in jihad—and now Christian martyrdom is defined as the exact same thing.

From here, one can understand the recent lament of Coptic activist Mounir Bishai: “Suddenly we [Copts] have shifted from complaints to self-defense, from demanding [our] rights to [trying to] convince the public that we are not depriving others of their rights… now we are being accused of amassing weapons… How have we suddenly turned from persecuted into persecutors, from the weak [party] into the strong and tyrannical [one], from the attacked [party] into the infamous attackers, and from the poor [party] into the rich exploiters? How did these lies become widespread, without us gaining any ground or improving our situation one whit?”

How, indeed.  Quite simply, as all humans are wont to do, some Muslims see themselves—project themselves—in others.

Postscript: Let it be noted that Islamist projection is not confined to the Middle East, but is present in the United States as well.  For example, in their recent—and failed—attempt to compel Everett Community College to disinvite me, CAIR and other Islamists insisted that yours truly was “spreading hate”—thereby projecting the hate that permeates their own scriptures and worldview, onto me and others who merely quote that hate.

  • ajnn

    A classic analysis and well-documented for the truncated size of the essay.

    This 'projection'is a well established and important concept and behavior in psychology and a behavior exhibited by Muslims outside of Egypt as well as by non-muslims.

    When it becomes the policy of a government and implemented with force it becomes incredibly destructive of the objects of the projection.

  • marat 1

    It is a terrible error to equate "Islam" with being "a religion." It is not. It is a Totalitarian and Fascist ideology. Sadly, the Islamic world (except for a few brave souls) refuses to see that the source of their misery is not Israel, America, Britain, Denmark or any other nation on the planet. The source is ISLAM ITSELF, with its yoke of repression and barbaric law and intolerance. Islam runs in TOTAL opposition to the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights and has ZERO right to receive any tax exemptions on the basis of being a "religion." Had it more recently arrived, it would probably be outlawed in the U.S. as a hate group. A poll of Egyptians this past year showed that more than 80% of the public supported the Execution of Homosexuals, Adulterers and ANYONE who converted to another religion. Meanwhile, insanity reigns in the West, with idiotic politicians and most of the public believing these protests have any connection to what Westerners understand "democracy" to be about. Islam will ensure that Egypt and all the other simmering Islamic regimes fall into the hands of Islamists. Why? Because Islam is opposed to Democracy, it is theocratic. It simply cannot mix without separation of Mosque and State or protection of minorities who today are massacred by this fascist force.

    • Jameela

      Christians are Devil-Worshipping, Cannibalized Vampires

      I advise Christians to read the Qur’an and discover what your evil jinn aka Jew masters have kept concealed from you. Do not read the Koran, as it is a satanic version of the Qur’an, authored by evil Jew’s to hide their satanic origins; the Children of Satan aka the Children of Israel. Christian’s arrogance is only exceeded by their brutal stupidity, as Muslims and Jews both know the following Commandments invalidate Christianity; yet Christians continue to disobey Allah and perform vile, uncivilized, inhumane and depraved acts of cannibalism and vampirism on a dead Jews corpse and call it “Holy” Communion. Christians are being willfully ignorant, as they all know it was Allah and NOT Jesus who parted the Red Sea to allow the Jews to escape the pursuing Egyptians and the vampires also know that it was Allah and NOT Jesus who spoke to Moses on Mt. Sinai; yet the delusional ghouls continue to worship a murdered, Jew as their god.

      1.You shall have no other gods before Me.
      2.You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in the heaven above or that is in the earth beneath or that is in the water under the earth.

      Christians worship their murdered Jew god by eating his tortured and battered corpse like cannibals; they exceed all religious bounds by drinking his blood like vampires. Christianity was founded on violence, as Christians have taken the murder weapon (cross) as their symbol of faith; as the cross is nothing more than an object from the crime scene and Christian’s penchant for violence is never-ending as they regularly use violence against their own defenseless children; as violence against their own children is called for in their forged “Holy” Bible .You spare the rod, you spoil the child). However, the most vile and evil act the depraved Christians perform in their pagan rituals is the invocation of Satan in his original form; “a smokeless flame of fire” when they light candles on the altar. Christianity is permeated with sects of violent terrorist cells; the Aryan Brotherhood, a violent and racist sect and the KKK, whose sole purpose for existence is to inflict Christian terror into African-Americans and the hooded cowards use their symbol of faith; the cross, which they set ablaze and leave behind as their ‘terrorist’ calling card; yet they are not the most evil sect of Christians. Evangelicals are the most evil of sects within the cult of Christianity; Evangelicals are the evilest of “all” mankind. Evangelicals are not satisfied with merely eating the corpse and drinking the blood of their dead Jew god and invoking Satan in his original form. Evangelicals invite demons to possess their bodies so they can communicate (Speaking in Tongues) with Satan and they actually believe demonic possession is acceptable because the demons (ghosts and spirits) are “Holy” Spirits and “Holy” Ghosts.

      The Jew’s forgery of the Holy Bible has reduced it to an instruction manual (How to Worship and Serve Your Hostile Jew Masters for Dummies) for those stupid enough to be a Christian. Christianity only benefits the Jews in the life of this world and it will be of no benefit to anyone in the Hereafter; but will be the justification for an eternity of torment and humiliation in the Hell-fire for those who call themselves Christians. You Christian ghouls have two options; you can continue to follow your greedy and hostile Jew masters to the Hell-fire from which their father Israel aka Satan was created and will return; or you can follow Allah, the God of your father, Adam, to Paradise, from which he was created. Additionally, you Christians can improve your mental health by getting off your mind-debilitating, Christian Cannibal Cuisine of cursed Jew (pork), Jew-god corpse and Jew-god blood. Why in the hell do you cannibalized ghouls eat the corpse of your DEAD, Jew man-god?

      Jameela
      Messenger of Allah
      & Defender of Islam

      • sandy

        You are certifiably INSANE…On the DMS you would qualify for permanent admisson to the menatl health hospital..They would place you in a 4 point restraint on a lock down ward and administer EST..Electric Shock Therapy.. Once you brains were fried (Rehabilitated) you might be allowed into a less secure ward..Bottom line if lobotomey were still allowed you would make a fine canidate.

  • Joe Merida

    I am currently in a debate with muslims on a facebook thread titled "Why Islam is a Detriment to Society." It is challenging but doable. Mostly muslims resort to ad hominem insults during a debate. I do find one of them, an educated german muslim woman who chooses not to wear the hadid but is a stauch defender of her ideology. She recently countered with a good point that I am having a hard time countering. Here it is:

    This is what Catholics do… i think rather detrimental to society, no?

    he 2004 John Jay Report[14] was based on a study of 10,667 allegations against 4,392 priests accused of engaging in sexual abuse of a minor between 1950 and 2002.
    The report stated there were approximately 10,667 reported victims (younger than 18 years) of clergy sexual abuse during this period:
    Around 81 percent of these victims were male.
    22.6% were age 10 or younger, 51% were between the ages of 11 and 14, and 27% were between the ages to 15 to 17 years.[15][16][17]
    A substantial number (almost 2000) of very young children were victimized by priests during this time period.
    9,281 victim surveys had information about an investigation. In 6,696 (72%) cases, an investigation of the allegation was carried out. Of these, 4,570 (80%) were substantiated; 1,028 (18%) were unsubstantiated; 83 (1.5%) were found to be false. In 56 cases, priests were reported to deny the allegations.
    More than 10 percent of these allegations were characterized as not substantiated. (This does not mean that the allegation was false; it means only that the diocese or order could not determine whether the alleged abuse actually took place.)
    For approximately 20 percent of the allegations, the priest was deceased or inactive at the time of the receipt of the allegation and typically no investigation was conducted in these circumstances.
    In 38.4% of allegations, the abuse is alleged to have occurred within a single year, in 21.8% the alleged abuse lasted more than a year but less than 2 years, in 28% between 2 and 4 years, in 10.2% between 5 and 9 years and, in under 1%, 10 or more years.
    The 4,392 priests who were accused amount to approximately four percent of the 109,694 priests in active ministry during that time. Of these 4,392, approximately:
    56 percent had one reported allegation against them; 27 percent had two or three allegations against them; nearly 14 percent had four to nine allegations against them; 3 percent (149 priests) had 10 or more allegations against them. These 149 priests were responsible for almost 3,000 victims, or 27 percent of the allegations.[15]
    The allegations were substantiated for 1,872 priests and unsubstantiated for 824 priests. They were thought to be credible for 1,671 priests and not credible for 345 priests. 298 priests and deacons who had been completely exonerated are not included in the study.
    50 percent were 35 years of age or younger at the time of the first instance of alleged abuse.[15]
    Almost 70 percent were ordained before 1970.[15]
    Fewer than 7 percent were reported to have themselves been victims of physical, sexual or emotional abuse as children. Although 19 percent had alcohol or substance abuse problems, only 9 percent were reported to have been using drugs or alcohol during the instances of abuse.[15]
    Many of the reported acts of sexual abuse involved fondling or unspecified abuse. There was also a large number of allegations of more grave abuse, including acts of oral sex and intercourse. Detailed information on the nature of the abuse was not reported for 26.6% of the reported allegations. 27.3% of the allegations involved the cleric performing oral sex on the victim. 25.1% of the allegations involved penile penetration or attempted penetration.
    Although there were reported acts of sexual abuse of minors in every year, the incidence of reported abuse increased by several orders of magnitude in the 1960s and 1970s. There was, for example, a more than sixfold increase in the number of reported acts of abuse of males aged 11 to 17 between the 1950s and the 1970s. After peaking in the 1970s, the number of incidents decreased through the 1980s and 1990s even more sharply than the incidence rate had increased in the 1960s and 1970s.

  • Joe Merida

    Here is the rest:
    There has been approximately 894,000 Murders in the United States since 1960.
    On Average that is 17,880 per year. from what i can gather(2), about 63% of murder cases get Solved; 37% never do. So of the 17,880 Murders In the USA 11,264 Get solved.

    So out of the 894,000 Murders In the United States Since 1960, approximately, 563,200 of them where solved. 563,200 murders since 1960.

    Now according to some polls and data collected, The majority of Americans identify themselves as Christians (76%), while non-Christian religions (including Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, and others) collectively make up about 4% of the adult population.
    Another 15% of the adult population identified as having no religious affiliation.

    So lets have some fun with math.

    563,200 x .76(76% Christians) = 428,032 Murders that could have been committed by a Christian.

    563,200 x .24(24% Other/Non) = 135,168 Murders that could not be committed by Christians.

    Ok! So now we have this new number from above 428,032 (Potential murders by a Christian)

    Now we all know that every murder is not committed by a Christian.
    So i looked for some statistics about Prison Inmates in the US who identify themselves as
    Christian.

    In one study i found, done in Texas, 48% of prisoners identified themselves as Christian.

    Now, not all Christians in prison, are there for Murder, i am looking to establish a low
    estimate of the % of inmates who identified themselfs as Christian. That is all this part is for,
    to get a number % to work with. Some States(Florida) have as high as 60%, other states 40%.
    But for the sake of being "fair", since this is not necessarily a scientific study, i want to
    estimate this number "Really" Low. So I will take the lowest estimate of 40%, and cut it in 1/2.

    Hows that for being fair?

    20% Of prison inmates identified themselves as Christian in the United States.

    Now from Up top we learned that 63% of murder cases get solved, and we came up with the number
    11,264. Again, i am being extremly fair, by excluding 37% of the Murder cases that where never
    solved. Now of those 11,264 we can figure out the % who are Christian.

    11,264 x .20(Our Inmate Christian %) = 2,253 Christians who Commit murder in the USA every year.

    Now according to the link (4) below, which lists every muslim attack in the US
    Since 1972, there has been approximately 3,300 Murders.Now the list only goes
    back to 1972, so to be fair i will add 12 years of the average. So 4,444

    87 Murders per Year, committed by Muslims(who are committing it as an act of terror)

    According to estimates there is 7 million Muslims in the US
    and the Total Population of the United states is around 303 Million

    Math again..

    We will take the total Population and subtract the Muslim Population.

    we Get 296,000,000m

    So 296m/2,253 = 131,380

    You have a 1 in 131,380 chance of being killed by a Christian every year.

    We do the same with Muslim terrorist Deaths..

    So 296m/87 = 3,402,298

    You have a 1 in 3,402,298 Chance of being killed by a Muslim terrorist every year.

    So in reality, you are "26" Times more likely to be killed by a Christian, then a Muslim terrorist.
    in the United States every year.

    So for all you xenophobic, scared, ignorant, Christian Crusader types out there. I ask you..

    Who should Americans really fear?

    • SpiritOf1683

      So in reality, you are "26" Times more likely to be killed by a Christian, then a Muslim terrorist.
      in the United States every year.

      There are rather more than 26 times as many Christians in the US than Muslim terrorists. Of course, 19 Muslim terrorists murdered 3,000 Christians inside two hours in New York a mere 10 years ago – an atrrocity that had you handing out sweets to your children.

    • SpiritOf1683

      Oops sorry. I misread your post and realised you were quoting a Muslim savage. Of course, Muslims have murdered over 270 million infidels in cold blood simply because they weren't Muslims. That figure would have been much higher had the weaponry for much of that time been like it is today, and if we hadn't produced Charles Martel, jan Sobieski and the like. And if she finds Catholics so bad, a great number of which live in Germany, then why doesn't she up sticks and move out to Saudi Arabia? Of course, you can bet that savage celebrated the 9/11 atrocity by handing out sweets to her kids.

      And when it comes to Catholic priests, when did we last hear of one calling for the mass slaughter of non-Catholics? Probably centuries ago, unlike the everyday rantings of devil-worshipping mullahs, clerics, ayatollahs and imams who call for the wholesale slaughter of infidels and infidels do get murdered in cold blood thanks to these rantings.

    • R Eskola

      To all you xenophiliac liberals

      Some more math. Assumptions from above:

      7 million muslims are producing 87 murders / year.
      296 million christians are producing 2,253 murders / year.

      Population murder productivity
      ——————————————-

      87 / 7m = 12.4 murders / million muslims
      2,253 / 296m = 7.6 murders / million christians

      This would imply, that if all americans would turn muslims, you would have
      63 % more murders.


      The point is, you have so small number of Muhammedians in your country, that you are still more likely to get killed by a christian than by a muslim. But things would get worse if you insist of bringing more muslims to your country.

      However, if you get better data showing more accurate country of origin data, you would get more accurate picture. For example: crime rates (murder, rape, robbery, etc) and economic performance (jobless rate after # years in country) for each country of origin. You would be able to make more intelligent decisions on immigration policy that benefits America (not Syria or Yemen).

  • Dispozovdaburka

    Why is the Pope so quiet?

  • kafirman

    Dear Raymond, As your friend, I must tell you that your use of the term "Islamist" facilitates the continuance of atrocities against the Copts. As you aptly note it is the Koran of Islam–not the Koran of Islamism–that sanctions such evil.

    Why are posts here being deleted?

  • Buglike

    The Brit said it correctly…Ben Laden should of been brought back to NY and planted on the top of the would-be ground Zero Mosque with a pork shop in his mouth, a NY Firefighting ax up his butt and of course facing towards Mecca.
    We have pork chops for all of them…

  • Paulie

    Joe, I think one point missing from the stats is that crimes committed by Christians or Jews aren't typically done in the name of their respective religions. But from the very inception of Islam, all non-Muslims became clear targets of crime for the glory of Allah. In other words, when a Christian or Jew murders someone or commits some crime against an innocent person, it's seen as a turning AWAY from God and none of it for His glory.