Christians Under Siege in Egypt


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These scenes of destruction and murder have been repeated all over the Middle East. Whatever one can say about tyrants like Saddam Hussein and Hosni Mubarak, they feared the Islamists and kept them from causing the kind of mayhem that is afflicting Christian populations across the region. And the destruction of churches and murders of Christians are not isolated incidents. There has been a systematic targeting of Christians in Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, Iran, as well as Egypt. The attacks are inspired by extremist clerics, and condoned to one degree or another by authorities.

Despite Christians living and worshiping in the Middle East for 2,000 years, those communities are now in danger of disappearing. A report by the Egyptian Federation of Human Rights reveals that 100,000 Christians have fled Egypt since March, with 250,000 expected to leave before the end of 2011. In Iraq, it’s even worse. A State Department report last year on religious freedom around the world showed that 50% of Iraqi Christians had left the country since the US invasion. And in Sudan, tens of thousands of Christians in the Nuba Mountains are being bombed daily by Sudanese military forces and suffer house to house raids at the hands of President Bashir’s forces.

One is forced to confront an uncomfortable reality: if any other minority group — racial, ethnic, or tribal — was suffering from government-condoned persecution carried out by out of control mobs, the outrage in the Western press and from Western governments would be loud and sustained. So why don’t Christians in the Middle East rate that kind of concern?

Writing in the American Thinker, Cheryl Halpern points out the near silence from mainline churches who “are surprisingly unalarmed by this persecution.”  Halpern adds, “Many U.S. and U.K. churches are more focused on boycotting and divesting from Israel, which is odd since Israel is the only country in the Middle East where the Christian population is growing in number.”

Indeed, a combination of animus directed against Israel and a shrinking from offending Muslim sensibilities would seem to be the logical reason for the silence regarding a region-wide persecution that threatens Christians in the shadow of the birthplace of their faith.

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  • Pathena

    The Copts in Egypt predate the Mohammedans and the Arab conquest. They are descendants of the ancient inhabitants of Egypt, unlike the Arabs.

  • Yeshayahu Goldfeld

    So when do you participate at the inauguration of a new mosque in your neighborhood financed by your government ?

  • Miriam

    Pathena you are 100 % correct! Coptics are the real ..arab conquer Egypt and settled down there. and now muslims making cleanser….what can be done to save Coptics?They will not live Egypt,… 8 million…. Muslims will keep killing them days,years…What can be done?
    get them all out to USA? i wish it can be done… they are much better then Somalies muslims here…..Maybe with a New president ,,,not Obama it can be done? Get all coptics out of Egypt to move them to USA… i would prefer them then muslims

    • kafir4life

      I would happily trade all the muslims in America for the Copts in Egypt. muslims offer nothing of value. islam offers nothing of value. muslims and islam are valueless.

  • Miriam

    lets do something…lets get churches involved and state department

  • Alex Lawson

    Part 1:

    Last February and March the major media outlets in the U.S. — and the BBC too — waxed poetic for weeks on end at the beauty of Egyptian democracy and freedom. The revolutionaries were in the main secular, said the news analysts and their guests, and had no interest in a Sharia-based government.

    The media pundits repeated it again and again in case we hadn't grasped it the first time: the revolutionaries were not guided by religious sentiments at all. All they wanted was political reform, the right to free political speech, and jobs. Why, Copts and Muslims stood shoulder to shoulder in Tahrir Square, shouting the same slogans. What more proof did we need of their good intentions.

    President Obama saluted them. What emotion! What an electric atmosphere! We were almost moved to tears.

  • Alex Lawson

    Part 2:

    Of course, the ugly facts reported in Mr. Moran's article are true. Even the N.Y. Times has forced to quitely report this weeks Coptic death toll in Cairo.

    The question arises — why were the major media outlets so insistent that Egypts future was sweetness, light, and (not Muslim) brotherhood?

    Were they fed this line by their Egyptian contacts and were ignorant enough to actually believe it?

    Or did they realize the likely truth but were foolish enough to think that their happy-times / Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farms / Mary Poppins reporting could influence events on the ground?

    I'm reminded of the old Soviet joke about the Russian newspapers Izvestia ("News") and Pravda ("Truth"): There's no news in Pravda, and no truth in Izvestia.

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  • CRUSADER

    CHRISTIANS MUST STAND WITH COPTS ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  • maturin20

    I don't think that the West is singling out Copts for their unconcern. There are hundreds of ethnic, religious and political minorities who get ignored every day.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Actually, throughout the Islamic world, all Christians and indeed all other non-Muslim unbelievers are not discriminated against in the Islamic world, as they are all violently oppressed and systematically persecuted when not outright slaughtered altogether. Indeed, all that matters is that they are kafir infidels, i.e., non-Muslim unbelievers.

      Meanwhile, you vilify and demonize the only democracy in the Middle East that provides freedom, equality, and security for all people regardless of their religious affiliation. Go figure.

      • maturin20

        Such a dark picture of the world outside, it's rather touching.

        Which democracy is this? Assyria?

  • BS77

    Get clear about what life is like for the Dhimmis in these horrible, barbaric countries like Egypt, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen etc etc………Second class citizenship, few, if any legal protections…….The Copts have been subjected to relentless oppression. Where is the UN on this? Absent, as usual.

  • alan g

    Why isn’t Obama speaking out in defense of the coptics. It makes me think that maybe he is more than ant-semetic, but anti-judeo-christian. This would make sense.

    • StephenD

      Because he is a man of principle. Did you forget what he said? He is sticking to it. He said:
      "When the political winds shift in an ugly direction, I'll stand with the Muslims."

      What more would we need to hear?

  • LindaRivera

    Don't forget Libya! There is mostly silence about the horrors taking place against Libya's blacks. We need another Martin Luther King!

    STOP the GENOCIDE of Blacks by the U.S. backed Libya rebels!

    The Obama-supported rebels left in charge are now conducting a “large scale cleaning in the areas under their control with the extermination of all blacks in the capital”, according to The Independent.

    Barbaric atrocities, kidnappings and ruthless genocide of blacks in Libya by US/France/NATO backed Al-Qaeda linked rebels has been going on for months.

    US/NATO who have waged war for months for the Al-Qaeda
    linked rebels-who murder our troops in Iraq-are RESPONSIBLE for stopping the genocide.

    US/NATO are also responsible for rescuing the many
    terrified blacks kidnapped by the rebels, including the kidnapped black children who have been horrifically abused by the black-hater Muslim rebels.

    Blacks must have human rights!

    STOP THE GENO0CIDE!

  • LindaRivera

    "three thousand Muslims rampaged the church, torched it, and demolished the dome; flames from the wreckage burned nearby Coptic homes, which were further ransacked by rioting Muslims.” Predictably, the Governor of Aswan blamed the Christians for the violence"

    Christian churches are often attacked and destroyed by violent, hate-filled Muslims in Muslim countries whilst in America, Muslims demand the right to rub salt in the wounds of our tears, grief and pain with a victory mosque at sacred Ground Zero to honor Islam at the place where Muslims mass slaughtered our cherished 3,000. We will NEVER forget!

    And we will NOT forget that Muslims in America and around the world CELEBRATED the cruel murders of our 3,000.

    And we will NEVER forget that THOUSANDS of inhuman Palestinian Authority Muslims celebrated with great joy the cruel mass killing of our 3,000. The monsters danced in the streets, passed out sweets and fired into the air. We will never forget.

    No victory mosque now. No victory mosque ever.

  • LindaRivera

    Obama made a special point of inviting his favorites – the Muslim Brotherhood to his speech in Cairo. Behind the scenes, America worked to oust US. ally, moderate Mubarak in order to empower U.S. leaders' top favorites, the Muslim Brotherhood, whose stated goal is the DESTRUCTION of civilization.

    After moderate Mubarak's ouster, predictably, the situation of Egypt's Copts has become very grim. Muslim attacks on Christians, their churches, homes and properties has increased enormously. And the kidnapping of Egyptian Christian female children by Muslim males has also increased enormously.

    The U.S. and other Western countries have a moral obligation to rescue every one of Egypt's Christians out of Egypt!

    Not one more dollar to Egypt's barbaric regime!

  • WilliamJamesWard

    No matter where in the bon voyage excursion of the Muslim Brotherhood in what
    will be the new Caliphate the media plays them up as does Obama as people that
    can be dealt with as they are a people ruled by a "religion of peace".

    I wonder what the peaceful Muslim drivers of the large vehicles crushing the life
    out of fleeing Copts was thinking? Shooting unarmed men and women is no
    sport but this is fun? There will be nothing better for millions of Copts in the future
    of Egypt, it is the Muslim Brotherhood who Obama and Hillary Clinton are advised
    by that is behind the genocide, our own elected officials have helped to bring about
    this new round of murder and the Obama administration has much blood on it's
    filthy leftist hands………………………………………………………………….William

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Coptic Christians were second class citizens under the Mubarak regime, but their churches were protected and radical Islamists were reined in.

    So those 3,000 Muslims that burnt down the church were radical Islamists as opposed to moderate Muslims? Come on Rick, you can't remain a gullible useful idiot blinded by political correctness all your life?

    Indeed, if Islam is inherently moderate and peaceful, as the dictum's of multiculturalism insist and as you abundantly imply, then please explain why Christians and all non-Muslim unbelievers living not only just in Egypt, but also throughout the Islamic world as second class dhimmi citizens are similarly violently oppressed and systematically persecuted when not outright slaughtered altogether.

    Whatever one can say about tyrants like Saddam Hussein​ and Hosni Mubarak​, they feared the Islamists and kept them from causing the kind of mayhem that is afflicting Christian populations across the region.

    Rather they understood Islam and thus ruthlessly cracked down on it to keep it in check. You must stop promoting this political correct nonsense that Islam is a so-called Religion of Peace™ because first of all it isn't correct. Indeed, it is a political correct myth!

  • Jim

    where are the christian big leaders. Time for them to speak up or be ridiculed for their hypocrisy.

  • steven l

    The Christian and secular West does not care.
    Cracking down is a waste. Ba nof anyone promoting Islamism is the only solution because otherwise they will overturn the rules of law of this country.
    Islam is a religion of peace in 3 conditions: submit, convert or die.

  • CRUSADER

    My Heart Breaks when I see my Christian BROTHERS in such situation .
    Ok will not last long

  • Kraftavilqa

    to believe islam isa religion of peace you would need to take cognitive dissonance to an ubprecedented level of course leftists are well on their way there. The truth is that islam is a deathcult based totalitarian ideology created by barbarians for barbarians. Like the left islam's main if not sole purpuse is to tear civilization asunder.. Moderate islam is one of those pleasant leftist faerytales meant to obfuscate. On the bright side the left's own totalitarian dream will never come to pass as long as they stay in league with islam. In Iran the first thing the mullahs did fter t he revolution was to round up and slaughter their former allies, the leftists.

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