Islam’s Collective Punishment of Christians

1103-ODU-Iraq-Violence-christians_full_600As many of Israel’s critics portray it as collectively punishing the Palestinians, overlooked and unsaid is the greater frequency with which Muslims collectively punish the religious minorities living under their authority, often in atrocious ways.

Consider Egypt alone. The most recent attacks on Egypt’s Copts, culminating in the unprecedented besiegement of the St. Mark Cathedral, the holiest site of Coptic Orthodoxy, is the latest large-scale “collective punishment” of the nation’s indigenous Christian minority. Indeed, almost all of the major attacks on Copts are carried out in the context of collective punishment, based on the idea that, if just one Christian upsets Muslims, all Christians—and their churches and their women and their children—become fair game.

Collectively punishing “upstart”  religious minorities who refuse to know their place in the Islamic order actually has doctrinal backing. According to Mark Durie, author of The Third Choice: “Even a breach by a single individual dhimmi [non-Muslim living under Muslim authority] could result in jihad being enacted against the whole community. Muslim jurists have made this principle explicit, for example, the Yemeni jurist al-Murtada wrote that ‘The agreement will be canceled if all or some of them break it…’ and the Moroccan al-Maghili taught ‘The fact that one individual (or one group) among them has broken the statute is enough to invalidate it for all of them.’”

The latest collective punishment visited upon the Copts began in Khosous, near Cairo, on April 5, when a longstanding feud between a Christian family and a Muslim family—based on male Muslims sexually harassing Christian girls—culminated in the violent deaths of six Christians, including one set on fire, and one Muslim. In retribution, Muslims went on yet another “Friday-rampage”—Friday being the day Muslims meet and pray and hate and call for jihads on Christians—resulting in the injury of at least 20 other Copts, an attack on a Coptic church, and an Evangelical church set on fire.

Then, two days later, after Copts mourned their dead in their cathedral, Muslim mobs awaiting them outside launched yet another attack, one that was actually aided by state security, firing into the cathedral compound. Eyewitnesses said as many as 40-50 tear gas canisters targeted the mourners, many of whom were women and children. Other officers stood by as the Muslim mob tried to ravage the cathedral. Two more Copts were killed and many dozens wounded. Since then, more reports have emerged of Copts being targeted and some even killed.

The fact is, collectively punishing Christian Copts for the purported crimes of individual Copts is a regular occurrence in Egypt, and perhaps the chief mode of their persecution. Other recent examples include:

July, 2012: When a Christian launderer accidently burned the shirt of a Muslim customer, a brawl ensued between the two Egyptians. The next day “the Muslim, with approximately 20 of his followers, went to the Christian’s home to attack him. Expecting this, the Christian was prepared and climbed to the highest point of his roof, hurling Molotov cocktails at the Muslims.” One Muslim man was injured and later died in a hospital. Before he died, between 2,000-3,000 Muslims attacked the Christians of the village, leading to an exodus of approximately 120 Coptic families. In the words of one report: “The sectarian crisis in the village of Dahshur escalated on August 1 after the burial of the Muslim man who died yesterday in hospital. Hundreds of Muslims torched and looted Coptic businesses and homes despite hundreds of security forces being deployed in the village. Eyewitnesses reported that security forces did not protect most Coptic property… As 120 families had already fled the village the day before after being terrorized, the businesses and homes were an easy game for the mob to make a complete clean-up of everything that could be looted… The security forces were at the scene of the crime while it was taking place and did nothing at all.” After the violence, the family of the deceased Muslim said that destroying Coptic property is not enough and that Copts have to “pay for their son’s death” with their lives.

January, 2012: A mob of over 3,000 Muslims attacked Christians in an Alexandrian village because a Muslim accused a Christian of having “intimate photos” of a Muslim woman on his phone. Terrified, the Christian, who denied having such photos, turned himself in to the police. Regardless, Coptic homes and shops were looted and set ablaze. Three Christians were injured, while “terrorized” Christian women and children, rendered homeless, stood in the streets with no place to go. As usual, it took the army an hour to drive 2 kilometers to the village: “This happens every time. They [security] wait outside the village until the Muslims have had enough violence, then they appear.” None of the perpetrators were arrested. Later, in an effort to empty the village of its 62 Christian families, Muslims attacked them again, burning more Coptic property. According to police, the Muslim woman concerned has denied the whole story, and no photos were found.

November, 2011: Similar to the above incidents in Khosous and Dahshur, the inadvertent killing of a Muslim by a Christian in a fight started by the Muslim when he torched the Christian’s home resulted in the “collective punishment of all Copts in the majority Christian village.” Two Christians not party to the altercation were killed; others were stabbed and critically wounded. As usual, “after killing the Copts, Muslims went on a rampage, looting and burning Christian owned homes and businesses.” Again, despite all this “Muslims insist they have not yet avenged” the death of their slain co-religionist; there were fears of “a wholesale massacre of Copts.” Once again, many Christians had fled their homes and were in hiding.

April, 2011: When a Christian was falsely blamed for the deaths of two Muslims, an ensuing rampage left one Christian dead and 10 hospitalized; an old woman reportedly was thrown out of her second floor balcony. Christian homes and properties were plundered and torched.

November, 2010: When a teenage Christian youth was accused of dating a teenage Muslim girl, 22 Christian homes were set ablaze to Islam’s war cry of “Allahu Akbar.” During the attack the Muslim mob threw fireballs, gasoline, and stones at Coptic homes and detonated butane gas cylinders.

One can find similar examples in other Muslim countries where religious minorities—especially Christians—live. In short, while other societies, particularly in the context of war, may collectively punish their enemies, Islam is the only “religion”  that actually mandates it—that unjustly punishes large numbers of innocent people for the purported crimes of the individual, as the aforementioned clerics from one end of the Arab world to the other maintain. This alone should raise questions about the very nature of Islam.

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  • Adrian Rainbow

    These people were not attacked for being Copts, they were attacked for not being Muslim. Their being Copts was merely a convenient identifier. They would have received the same treatment had they been Jews, Buddhists, Janists and probably worse if they were Secularists.

  • @sheikyermami

    Collective punishment:

    when Pal Arabs accuse the Israelis it is always projection.

    When Muselmaniacs engage in terrorism in western countries they always insist that its only 'isolated incidents, that 'we cannot tar all muslims with a broad brush' and that 'Islam is not a monolith' blah blah blah.

    But when they have the upper hand you better run for cover. Once the fanatical frenzy explodes, the lust for murder and infidel blood is limitless.

    • Smitty

      I'm oiling up my PC single-shot sniper rifles. Jihad in my neighborhood? Bring it on!

  • @theoprinse

    Someone asked me "I can't understand WHY European countries have allowed so much bantu, and Arab, Islamic immigration into their countries?? NO Arab or Hindu Or Buddist countries welcome European immigration on mass into their countries…its almost as though the Europeans are hell bent on suicide religiously,culturally and ethnically??"

    The answer is because the USA – after winning the war against the national socialists in 1945 – the US political elite very abject allowed 500 dr. Mengele nazi's into the CIA in 1950.
    The US did this because after winning over the nazi's they declared the cold war against their former aliy the Soviet Union the day after …
    The US decided within the operation in 1945 to find as much nazi rocket, 'medical' and nuclear scientists they in fact lost the war altogether and the nazi elite (tens of thousands of SS had fled to Egypt, Syria, (where the nazi's converted to islam) Argentine and the US) had won the Second World War after all somewhere in 1955-1960.
    The ideology of the nazi's (national-socialism) is practically equal to that of communism. America's ideology is capitalism.
    The elites of the US allowed socialists to take mind control over their own CIA since the 1950ties and somewhere after 9/11 2001 the influx of muslim brotherhooders into the CIA took over from the nazi's with whom the islamic socialist Muslim Brotherhood have great ideological resemblance too.

    • Smitty

      What hogwash!

  • deniseandros

    Islam is at war with the GOD of Israel. All adherents to this demonic ideology, will ultimately attack and attempt to destroy all of GOD's children. This war is not limited to Jews, or Copts, but is being waged against all those who refuse to worship Allah. Islam will eventually go after the so called "nice Muslims."
    "Peaceful" Muslims, who may not ever think of killing their Jewish neighbor, but will still profess loyalty to, and a belief in, Islam, they are like sleeping demons. Anyone who can read the unholy koran and still worship Allah, is anything but peaceful. It would be like someone saying; "Sure, we are part of the SS, but we are the nice ones," or it is like being a peaceful member of the KKK. There is no such thing!

    • skinflint

      It is their (the muslim) objective! Kill all non-muslims. Problem is most people refuse to believe this. They can't seem to imagine it happening in our world, yet look at the world now. Nothing but fighting everywhere, The Bible says you will recognise God's true people by the love the show for each other and to all people. They're peaceable and kind. And they will have God's protection when the end finally comes. .

      • deniseandros

        I want to say right up front, that I am a believer in Yeshua, (Jesus) but I have to tell you, the nice in me is wearing very thin. There is such a thing as righteous indignation. When a people (Islamist) openly profess the desire to wipe a whole nation off of the face of the earth, (Israel) and no one comes to their defense, it SICKENS me! I am anxious for the Lords return. "Please Lord come quickly, before I SNAP! "

        • Smitty

          It is not only Israel that is in the gun sight of the Islam frenzy.

  • deniseandros

    No, but Israel is at the heart of the issue. The controversy over Zion; According to the prophet Mohammed the land of Israel, the land where the G-d of Israel, put His name, was, according to the prophet Mohammed, to be the sole possession of the Muslims. So long as the land remains the possession of Israel, Mohammed remains a false prophet. This is why no Islamic nation can ever acknowledge Israel's right to exist, nor Israel's lawful claim to the land.
    All of humanity, with the exception of other Muslims, and even some of them, are Islam's enemy. The truth is, Islam is at war with the G-d of Israel. Any and all obstacles to Islamic, global domination, with Allah, aka Satan, sitting on the Temple Mount, and being worshiped as god, are to be destroyed.