Al Qaeda Flag Flies High Above Christian Churches

alOriginally published by Gatestone Institute.

Days ago, al-Qaeda’s Egyptian leader, Ayman Zawahiri, portrayed  the overthrow of Muhammad Morsi and the Brotherhood as a “Crusader” campaign led by Coptic Pope Tawadros II who, according to Zawahiri and other terrorists, is trying to create a Coptic state in Egypt.

Since then, not only are Egypt’s Christians and churches now being attacked in ways unprecedented in the modern era, but new reports indicate that al-Qaeda’s black flag has been raised on some of them, specifically St. George Church in Sohag.  Considering that it was al-Qaeda linked terrorists who  initiated one of the bloodiest church attacks in recent history, the 2010 Baghdad church attack where nearly 60 Christians were slaughtered (click here for graphic images), that al-Qaeda is singling out Egypt’s Christians bodes ill.

The Islamic terrorist organization’s incitements against the Copts are just the latest to emanate from Islamists—from the top of the Brotherhood leadership to the bottom of the “Muslim street”—creating something of an “open season” on Egypt’s Christians.

Days after the overthrow of Morsi, the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Muhammad Badie, was first to attack by name Coptic Pope Tawadros for supporting the popular June 30 Revolution, which saw tens of millions of Egyptians take to the streets.  After Badie’s demonization of the Copts, assaults on Christians began in earnest.  Many churches were attacked and burned and several Christians were murdered in Upper Egypt; over in the Sinai, a young Coptic priest was shot dead, while the body of Magdy Lam‘i Habib, a Christian, was found mutilated and beheaded.  Due to the many death threats to Pope Tawadros, he has left the papal residence at the St. Mark Cathedral—which was earlier savagely attacked, when Morsi was still president.

This anti-Christian fury is far from sated and has taken on genocidal proportions.  While Al Jazeera was covering (and distorting) events in Egypt, a Libyan man named Tamar Rashad called in and said “I want to offer the good news to [Pope] Tawadros that, Allah willing, the day is coming when no Copt will ever again tread the ground of Egypt—and no churches.  We will no longer allow churches to exist.”  When the TV host appeared to protest, Rashad interrupted him saying, “It’s already decided, take your cameras and go to the churches and you’ll see what’s going to happen soon, Allah willing.”

To make matters worse, Sheikh Yusif al-Qaradawi, one of the Islamic world’s leading preachers and spiritual father of the Muslim Brotherhood, has given his formal stamp of approval to persecute Copts, recently posting a video saying that “Christians” and others “were recruited [by Egypt’s military] to kill innocent Muslims.”

As expected, all these incitements against the Copts issued by several top Islamist leaders have so upped anti-Copt sentiment that it has become difficult in the last few days to keep up with the attacks on them—so many and nonstop are the reports emanating from Egypt.  All throughout Upper Egypt—in Minya, Asyut, Sohag—Christians and their churches are under attack; dozens of Coptic homes and businesses have been set on fire.  Due to the risk to Christian lives, many churches are no longer holding regular worship services.

The situation has gotten so dire that Ibrahim Eissa, a popular Egyptian journalist and TV personality, apparently unable to keep silent over the plight of the Copts, recently said on live TV: “The Christians have suffered in Egypt, over the course of 2 ½ years.  Their churches have been burned, their children killed.  The Maspero Massacre occurred, where several Copts were slain.  Catastrophic fatwas appeared, calling them infidels and inciting against them….  No one has suffered as much as they.  Today, if any Christian attempts to join a protest, he does so at the risk of defying dozens of fatwas calling for his death and decapitation and the burning of churches, especially in Upper Egypt.”

 

Beheaded in Sinai for being Christian: remains of Magdy Lam‘i Habib

With the ouster of Muhammad Morsi, Egypt’s Islamists have finally gotten the pretext they need to cleanse the nation of its Christian minority, the Copt’s—ironically, Egypt’s most native sons.

The unprecedented hate currently being visited on them is fueled by Islam’s “How Dare You?” phenomenon: As conquered non-Muslims, Christians must live as dhimmis, that is, according to traditional Islamic teaching, barely tolerated “infidels” who must be humble and submissive—to the point that they are not permitted to raise their hands to Muslims even when attacked.

Far from assuming their “proper place,” Egypt’s Christians supported the June 30 Revolution against the will and threats of the Brotherhood.  Thus, to Egypt’s disenfranchised and bitter Brotherhood and its supporters, Egypt’s Christians, beginning with their pope, are all now free game.

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  • higgy01

    The Muslim Brotherhood is just as barbaric and despicable as the so-called law they are trying to force on others. Sharia, like Islam, belongs in the dark ages and should have been left there.

    • Firefox1095

      Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood are two completely different things. Please don’t be ignorant enough to take terrorist organizations such as Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, and Al Qaeda as examples of Islam. The so called Muslim Brotherhood kills tens of Egyptian Muslims every day. Murder is one of the 7 greatest sins in Islam. Ask any Muslim about it. Extremists are simply not Muslims. They are their own weird thing.

      • Jay Biondo

        Really? Then why wouldn’t “real” islamic people want to end this reign of terror and distortion of their religion by ousting these madmen from their countries? Or maybe you’re just full of it.

  • LindaRivera

    “…the day is coming when no Copt will ever again tread the ground of
    Egypt—and no churches. We will no longer allow churches to exist.”…

    Whilst Muslims attack and murder our people and burn down our churches in many Muslim countries, in OUR Western countries, Muslims build an enormous number of mosques. This is extremely immoral. Our leaders utterly BETRAY us.

    As long as Christians are being mass murdered and their churches burnt down in Egypt and many Muslim countries, mosques should not be allowed to be built in our countries. It is extremely wicked that our leaders ignore the suffering and severe persecution of our people in Muslim countries.

    Because of massive Muslim colonization, it is only a matter of time before the severe persecution of Christians (and Hindus and Sikhs) will take place in OUR countries.

    • Ponkiiee

      I agree to the unfairness of it all. but doing the same thing to our Muslim Brothers would only ignite the flames to an uncontrollable extent. The Muslims who murdered those Christians do not represent the entirety of the Muslim population around the world . I hope all this killing stops. we are no longer living in the 16th century. these people need to grow up

    • Firefox1095

      Please don’t take the small group of terrorists labeled as the Muslim Brotherhood as an example of Muslims and Islam. We, Muslims, mourn the death of Christians every day. What the Brotherhood is doing isn’t Islam. Read the Qur’an. Check the 5 pillars of Islam. Check the 7 greatest sins in Islam.
      Tying the millions of innocent and peaceful Muslims to those few thousand extremists is simply absurd. Many Israeli soldiers kill innocent people every day. Does that make the entire Jewish population a bunch of terrorists? Many Christians kill innocents every day in mass shootings and whatnot. Does that make the entire Christian population a bunch of terrorists? If we take it by your logic, the entirety of the Christian population should be labeled as a bunch of terrorists because of what a few stupid leaders did in the Crusades.

      • LindaRivera

        Of course, I KNOW that all Muslims are not violent and hate-filled.I have NEVER said such a thing. However, there are constant reports of the terrible suffering inflicted by Muslims on Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and other non-Muslims who suffer and are severely persecuted by Muslims EVERY day, including in Western countries where Muslims have emigrated to. This ALL comes from Islamic teaching. God help the world’s non-Muslims.

        frontpagemag.com
        Sharia for Dummies August 27, 2010 By Nonie Darwish

        1- Jihad, defined as “to war against non-Muslims to establish the
        religion,” is the duty of every Muslim and Muslim head of state
        (Caliph). Muslim Caliphs who refuse jihad are in violation of Sharia and unfit to rule.

        2- A Caliph can hold office through seizure of power meaning through force.

        3- A Caliph is exempt from being charged with serious crimes such as murder, adultery, robbery, theft, drinking and in some cases of rape.

        4- A percentage of Zakat (charity money) must go towards jihad.

        5- It is obligatory to obey the commands of the Caliph, even if he is unjust.

        6- A caliph must be a Muslim, a non-slave and a male.

        7- The Muslim public must remove the Caliph if he rejects Islam.

        8- A Muslim who leaves Islam must be killed immediately.

        9- A Muslim will be forgiven for murder of: 1) an apostate 2) an
        adulterer 3) a highway robber. Vigilante street justice and honor
        killing is acceptable.

        10- A Muslim will not get the death penalty if he kills a non-Muslim, but will get it for killing a Muslim.

        11- Sharia never abolished slavery, sexual slavery and highly regulates it. A master will not be punished for killing his slave.

        12- Sharia dictates death by stoning, beheading, amputation of limbs, flogging even for crimes of sin such as adultery.

        13- Non-Muslims are not equal to Muslims under the law. They must comply to Islamic law if they are to remain safe. They are forbidden to marry Muslim women, publicly display wine or pork, recite their scriptures or openly celebrate their religious holidays or funerals. They are forbidden from building new churches or building them higher than mosques. They may not enter a mosque without permission. A non-Muslim is no longer protected if he leads a Muslim away from Islam.

        14- It is a crime for a non-Muslim to sell weapons to someone who will use them against Muslims. Non-Muslims cannot curse a Muslim, say anything derogatory about Allah, the Prophet, or Islam, or expose the weak points of Muslims. But Muslims can curse non-Muslims.

        15- A non-Muslim cannot inherit from a Muslim.

        16- Banks must be Sharia compliant and interest is not allowed.

        17- No testimony in court is acceptable from people of low-level
        jobs, such as street sweepers or bathhouse attendants. Women in low level jobs such as professional funeral mourners cannot keep custody of their children in case of divorce.

        18- A non-Muslim cannot rule — even over a non-Muslim minority.

        19- Homosexuality is punishable by death.

        20- There is no age limit for marriage of girls. The marriage
        contract can take place anytime after birth and can be consummated at age 8 or 9.

        21- Rebelliousness on the part of the wife nullifies the husband’s
        obligation to support her, gives him permission to beat her and keep her from leaving the home.

        22- Divorce is only in the hands of the husband and is as easy as
        saying: “I divorce you” and becomes effective even if the husband did not intend it.

        23- There is no community property between husband and wife and the husband’s property does not automatically go to the wife after his death.

        24- A woman inherits half what a man inherits.

        25- A man has the right to have up to 4 wives and none of them have a right to divorce him — even if he is polygamous.

        26- The dowry is given in exchange for the woman’s sexual organs.

        27- A man is allowed to have sex with slave women and women captured in battle, and if the enslaved woman is married her marriage is annulled.

        28- The testimony of a woman in court is half the value of a man.

        29- A woman loses custody if she remarries.

        30- To prove rape, a woman must have 4 male witnesses.

        31- A rapist may only be required to pay the bride-money (dowry) without marrying the rape victim.

        32- A Muslim woman must cover every inch of her body, which is
        considered “Awrah,” a sexual organ. Not all Sharia schools allow the face of a woman exposed.

        33- A Muslim man is forgiven if he kills his wife at the time he
        caught her in the act of adultery. However, the opposite is not true for women, since the man “could be married to the woman he was caught with.”

        34-It is obligatory for a Muslim to lie if the purpose is obligatory.
        That means that for the sake of abiding with Islam’s commandments, such as jihad, a Muslim is obliged to lie and should not have any feelings of guilt or shame associated with this kind of lying.

        The above are clear-cut laws in Islam decided by great Imams after years of examination and interpretation of the Quran, Hadith and Mohammed’s life.
        http://frontpagemag.com/2010/nonie-darwish/sharia-for-dummies/

        Islam’s god is the COMPLETE opposite of the Holy One, our Glorious, Awesome, Magnificent Creator. The laws of Islam are the absolute OPPOSITE of the Holy Laws given by Almighty God to His Jewish, Hebrew servant, Moses. Islam calls for the MASSIVE breaking of God’s Laws.

  • krinks

    At long last isn’t this proof enough that Obama is a Muslim seeing as how these are the people he supports? Why does no one call him on it?

    • Jay Biondo

      Apparently, he and many Republicans are on the same page – Paul, McCain, Graham, etc. Disgusting.

  • PaulFelixSchott

    Christian churches are being attacked by not the religion of peace Islam and Muslims.

    Al Qaeda Flag Flies Above Christian Churches in Egypt.

    Attack on Christians and Churches in Egypt Islam and Muslim killing Christians.

    Obama will not lift a finger its only Christians and their Churches.

  • John

    WOW, The Brotherhood thinks the Copts are trying to create a state within a state and calls them traitors. But who is really the one occupying parts of Cairo and are creating civil unrest by burning police stations and Churches? Who here is the traitor to Egypt?

    • http://www.MARVINFOX.com/ Marvin E. Fox

      John, Christians are a small, beleaguered, percent of the Egyptian population. There is no possibility that Christians living among people who detest Christianity could become a states within a state.
      It appears the Muslim Brotherhood needs someone to blame for their own failures. The Christians are the easiest victims to blame. The MB hopes to create a religious atmosphere of hatred for the Christians that will unite the MB and anti-Muslum Brotherhood factions together in a common cause that will return the MB to the control of Egypt.
      Marvin Fox

  • http://www.MARVINFOX.com/ Marvin E. Fox

    I have read the Muslim Brotherhoods plan to conquer The United States. Anyone who thinks they are democratic minded are in denial of the theocratic nature of Sharia law, and the tyranny for everyone including Muslims of the Caliphate (empire) the MB hope to install.
    The Blood bath against the Copts in Egypt would be very small copared to the one that would occur in the United States.
    The Obama Administration is attempting to play the camel who can go through the eye of the needle by showing favoritism to the MB while blaming the Egyptian military and still stay, somewhat, on the side of the Anti-Morsi majority. Leading from behind three different choices at the same time must be a mind boggling view of behinds,
    Marvin Fox

    • Justina

      This is an article about the systematic genocide of our people, of the plans to cleans us from the face of the earth. Why the f***k do you feel you have the right to comment about the Brotherhood’s agenda in America? Have you no compass on propriety? The world extends far beyond your pitiful shores.

      • http://www.MARVINFOX.com/ Marvin E. Fox

        Justina, I actually have a 1st Amendment Right to comment on any subject.
        I also have enough intellect to know that the MB actually means what it says. I have read what the MB has planned for the US, and I have no doubt they intend to carry that plan out. The MB plan includes the conquest of the US and, as quickly as possible to force Sharia law no this nations in stages as quickly as they can. Attempts to make Sharia law American law have already occurred.
        I take it, by your comment, that my shores are not your shores. Therefore, what right do you have to challenge my comments from your shores. Are you a member of the MB? If not, Why are you supporting the MB? Who are you that anyone would want to commit genocide on your people? Are you one of the Jews the Islamic militants intend to remove from the face of the Earth? Are you among the Christians being butchered by the MB Faction in Egypt?
        You are obviously speaking from a cause of your own; but, what is that cause?
        Marvin Fox

  • PaulFelixSchott

    ((Obama Will Not Lift A Finger Its Only Christians))

    Christian churches are being attacked by not the religion of peace Islam and Muslims.

    Al Qaeda Flag Flies Above Christian Churches in Egypt.

    Attack on Christians and Churches in Egypt Islam and Muslim killing Christians.

    Obama will not lift a finger its only Christians and their Churches.

    North America’s
    LARGEST ECONOMIC ENGINE
    comes to an end and our leaders did almost nothing why?

    50 Potential Terrorist Acts Prevented and most all could have been
    done without violating over 300 million American’s GOD given and OUR
    U.S. CONSTITUTION RIGHTS TO FREEDOM. How many aided or watched and did
    not a thing.

    AROUND THE WORLD MANY JOURNALIST HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIFE FOR TELLING THE WORLD THE TRUTH.

    JUST ONE OF MANY MEXICO IS KILLING THE PRESS AND JOURNALIST

    FOR EXPOSING THE LAUNDERING OF BILLIONS.

    IS THIS NEXT TO HAPPEN IN THE USA?

    (“Press Freedom: Journalist in Mexico Killed for Reporting on Drug Cartels | Human Rights First”)

    (Journalist around
    the world are killed for Reporting on and about the bad wicked corrupt
    leaders, that their bad deeds out number their good deeds. Only in
    government for the power and money.)

    True Blooded Americans fly OLD GLORY the day might come soon that it will

    be your last time.

    (“IRAN
    and NORTH KOREA WE ARE GOING TO TAKE DOWN THE USA obama too late i
    already did it.”) This may soon not be so funny, as just a cartoon.)

    North Korean ship caught in Panama with Military Weapons Missiles two
    Mig fighter jets and more. This ship is only one of how many more that
    have got by?

    Fort Hood the CIA and FBI Terrorism Task Force had been watching this man and

    knew he was a Traitor to the USA and had done acts of TREASON. Why was he not

    already in jail?
    50 Potential Terrorist? Or aiding some?

    What leader on earth would watch someone do acts of treason against his Nation

    and not stop them on the first or second act little lone wait till they cold

    heart ed Murdered many be for he put him in jail. USA Leaders if you are

    lost and need a role model look to Canada.

    Every 9-11 they are going to try.

    September the wicked will always look to kill others Munich Germany 1972. 11 of

    the ISRAELI Olympic Athletes were killed by the wicked. Special Forces sent Air

    Mail to ten terrorist training PLO Bases in SYRIA and LEBANON in

    response. 200 died 11 for 200 you do the math. The wicked are at war with all

    that believe in Jesus Christ. Every year since they have tried or done acts of

    Terror every September only the real slow in the head in government do not know,

    to be ready each and every September. From the Religion of ? not Peace at a average

    rate of 3 or more atrocities are committed worldwide each day all in the name

    of ? islam the Religion the terrorist use.

    Some will never Learn till it is too late.

    The only group of wicked that kill close to this rate a year is the Drug Cartels.

    Friends of Obama get away with anything right? Fort Hood Work place Bull

    S… cover up.

    In the hearts of every True American that has ever stepped foot on a United

    Stated Military Base. These 13 Murdered Victims already have are Heart, and in our

    minds We All Know They Have Clearly Earned the PURPLE HEART ALREADY.

    Some of our leaders of this One Nation Under GOD need to be on trial for

    TREASON.

    We The People Live by are Lord GOD and “The U.S. CONSTITUTION”

    NOT SOME SICK IN THE HEAD LEADERS.

    “The U.S. CONSTITUTION ARTICLE III SECTION 3.”

    (AID OR COMFORT TO THE ENEMIES HOSTILE TO US)

    (ANY ASSISTANCE RENDERED TO A FOREIGN STATE HOSTILE TO US)

    (CONDUCT WHICH UNDERMINES THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OR ARE GOVERNMENT OR ARE

    NATIONAL SECURITY)

    Negotiating with terrorists act of TREASON.

    GIVING ARE TAX MONEY TO OTHER COUNTRIES THAT SUPPORT TERRORIST OR TERRORIST

    GROUPS ACT OF TREASON.

    Taking down are Military by WEAKEN MILITARY READINESS YET KEEPS SENDING MANY

    MILLIONS OF OUR TAX MONEY TO OTHER COUNTRIES.

    THIS IS OBAMA’S PLAN FOR JOBS WORKING AS HE PLANED.

    MASSIVE TAX ON ALL EMPLOYERS PUTTING MILLIONS OUT OF WORK.
    MANY MORE EMPLOYERS CUT FULL TIMERS TO PART TIME.
    THE ONCE LARGEST ECONOMIC ENGINE IN THE WORLD
    MOTOR CITY
    USA SHUTDOWN

    (CONDUCT WHICH UNDERMINES THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OR ARE GOVERNMENT OR ARE NATIONAL SECURITY)

    What Part of this did

    all Americans let anyone cut out of our hearts or are (U.S. CONSTITUTION) “The U.S. CONSTITUTION ARTICLE III SECTION 3.”

    MORE THEN 50 MILLION AMERICANS OUT OF WORK OR ON FOOD AID THIS YEAR 2013. AND SOME

    SO CALLED U.S. LEADERS OF WHAT THE WICKED ARE GOING TO KEEP SENDING YOUR TAXES OUT OF THE COUNTRY?

    Why to keep taking a piece of the pie for them self’s. Too many of these so called leaders went

    into office with little to nothing and leave with millions, and they think that all America is that stupid.

    They must be working more for them self then for GOD and Country.

    Americans the next time you vote use a Black Pen not a pencil may be your

    vote will count.

    Leaders that put pencils in the voting

    poll-booths need to be in jail. If they will not safe guard America who

    will? Pencils to vote with and the wicked call this safeguarding your

    vote. Anything that can be changed or tampered with is NOT to be used in

    a voting place ever this was taught to all board of elections back when

    i was a Judge. Back then many a democrat did wicked things.

    Responsible

    for the fall of the second most powerful man in the United States of America

    Dan Rostenkowski, Democrat-Illinois

    Democrat

    controlled and run cities are some of the highest crime places in this

    country. This is sad for all that live in and around them. You can not

    work for satan and GOD at the same time.

    (” When Injustice Becomes Law Rebellion Becomes Duty ” THOMAS
    JEFFERSON ).

    (“United We Will Always Stand in GOD We Trust”

    George Washington and Johann Paul Schott 12/24/1776. 3:45AM)

    (“In GOD We Trust”)

    The United States of America’s Motto July 30, 1956.

    King David’s Motto 3,000 years ago.

    Soon all the World will Pray to Our Lord GOD and Savior Jesus Christ.
    “United We Will Always Stand in Our Lord GOD and Savior Jesus Christ We
    Trust”

    True Americans

    True Patriots

    GOD Bless

    May are Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

    Guide and Watch over us all.

    The Lord’s Little Helper

    Paul Felix Schott

    PS

    IS THIS THE?

    (((The U.S.A. land base of the Great Satan

    Concealing And Laundering Billions

    From the Sweat and Blood Work Of Millions of Christians

    That follow our Lord Jesus Christ

    And they will cut your head off if you have a Bible just like

    (PAUL MARSHALL JOHNSON JR.)

    Islamic Republic Den Of Spies And Espionage

    2209 Wisconsin Avenue N.W. Washington D.C. 20007

    202-965-4990))) WE ALL NEED TO KEEP WATCH FOR TERRORIST NOT PATRIOTIC AMERICANS.

    i pray we Americans are past
    the 1750′s some wicked leaders are not.
    Look like then are doing witch hunts

    Witch-hunt undermining those with
    differing view of the Wicked that work not for GOD and Country.

    Was US State Department Navy SEAL Sean Smith and CIA security
    Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods and J. Christopher Stevens lives “Silence ed” to
    cover up the Billions of USA Money that some of our leaders are Laundering out of America to the wicked?

  • Khan

    That flag is not exclusive to al Qaeda. It’s used by many Islamists everywhere, extremist and moderate.

  • GracieZG

    Not mentioned is the elephant in the living room: Benghazi. Obama lied about the reason for that attack, and has obfuscated ever since. If someone lies in a court of law, all the rest of his testimony is discredited. Same goes here. We still don’t REALLY know who was behind the gassings, and it may very well be that we are being manipulated by the side that Obama is rooting for, which would be the rebels. The rebels have a layer of Muslim Brotherhood and Al Queda. We saw the Muslim Brotherhood pretend to love democracy long enough to get elected in Egypt, and then proceed to institute their totalitarian ideas, endangering Christian lives and institutions. Since Morsi was overthrown, many Christian churches have been burned to the ground, as well as the homes and businesses of Christians. It is a page right out of Nazi Germany. Empowering the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Queda is not a righteous war for our children to fight.