Mass Arrest and Torture of Christians in Libya

Last week’s news of four Christian missionaries in Libya placed under arrest, possibly facing the death penalty for “proselytizing,” is apparently the tip of the iceberg.  Yesterday, Arabic media reported that over 100 Christian Copts from Egypt, who have been living and working in Libya, were recently arrested in Ben Ghazi—also on the accusation, or pretext, of being “Christian missionaries.”

One video, apparently made by the Libyan militia interrogators—most of whom look like Islamic Salafis, with long beards and clipped mustaches—appeared on the Internet yesterday.  It shows a room full of detained Copts.  They sit hunched over on the floor—with all their hair shaven off, looking like dejected, or doomed, concentration camp prisoners.  According to one source, many of these Copts have been tortured.  Some have had the famous Coptic cross often tattooed on the wrists of Copts burned off with acid.

Next, the camera-man zooms in on the material which got them in this predicament: atop a table, several Bibles, prayer books, and pictures of Jesus, Mary and other saints appear spread out.  The Libyan interrogators being video-taped complain about how these Christians could dare bring such material into Libya, and that they, their abductors, are sure that the Copts were going to such Christian materials to proselytize Libya, to sporadic ejaculations of “Allah Akbar!” from across the room.

What is going on in Libya?  Do these reports—first of four foreign missionaries, including one American, now of more than 100 Christians from neighboring Egypt—indicate that Christian missionaries recently decided to flood Libya in droves?  Or are these ongoing reports an indication that post-Gaddafi Libya is simply intolerant of any Christian presence?

Concerning the four foreign missionaries whom the Western media picked up on earlier, it is difficult to say who they are and what they were doing, since they basically have been swallowed up by the Ben Ghazi prisons; their names and identities have not even been revealed.  As for the 100 Egyptian Copts, it is hard to believe they were proselytizing.  Christians in Egypt do not dare proselytize to their fellow Muslim citizens, who speak the same dialect and share the same Egyptian culture.  It is a dangerous thing to do.  Is it reasonable, then, to believe that some 100 dispossessed Copts decided to proselytize to Muslims in Libya—where it is common knowledge that the Obama-supported jihadis reign?

Even the Coptic Church in Egypt made statements to this effect.  According to Coptic Bishop Pachomios, “This is a very serious incident, in which Egyptian citizens were arrested on the mere suspicion [of proselytizing] and tortured while in detention.”  The bishop confirmed that these imprisoned Egyptian Christians were working in Libya, adding that “it doesn’t make sense that as many as 100 Egyptian Copts had decided to engage in proselytizing activities in another country.”  Other Coptic activists in Egypt also cast doubt on the proselytism charge.  Naguib Gabriel, head of the Cairo-based Egyptian Union for Human Rights, “expressed his dismay over the reports. He, too, voiced doubt that the Egyptians in question had been proselytizing in Libya,” while correctly pointing out that, “Even if this were proven to be the case, they should not have been detained because of it.”

Moreover, a recent Christian Post article points out the inconsistencies in official statements from Libya, including how the number of Christian material being found on these alleged missionaries keeps inflating.  For instance, one Christian arrested under the accusation of having 30,000 Bibles in his possession, was later described by police as having 45,000 Bibles.

It is becoming clear that these arrests are increasingly less about actual Christian evangelism to Muslims, and more about Muslim hostility to Christians.  The Western media, when it reported about the four foreign missionaries, pointed out that the anti-proselytism law comes from the Gaddafi era.  Yet, under Gaddafi, one did not hear of such back-to-back arrests of alleged missionaries—just as one did not hear of attacks on Christian churches in Libya, such as the one that took place only two months ago, leaving two Christians dead.

Here, then, is yet another indicator of the true significance of the “Arab Spring” and the Obama administration’s wholesale support of it—hate and hostility for Christians.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    The open season on Christians in Libya – and beyond – became that much easier, due to the Islamist-in-Chief's upending of Qadaffi. At least, he kept the Islamists at bay, knowing full well that were after his head – literally.

    ANYWHERE Islamists take root, blood and mayhem follows. This needs to be repeated until, as is said, the cows come home – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/09/13/muslim-blood-… ….

    Or until Islam is reformed – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/12/calling-for-a

    Adina Kutnicki Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • mekus milkdud

    obulaga will always want to torture Christens because he is a Muslim and that makes it even more sick that he got elected by idiots that are christens any idiot can look at what is or has happen to the United “States in the last 50 years and freak, we lost our cities to crime gangs one by one cities like Detroit Cinccy and St louis are unfit to live in and now small cities like Jacksonville Florida are being overran by thugs, all because of the millions of hatians they bring in because the democraps would rather have voters and take care of other countries before their own and they have stupid whites like the clintons to thank for the way the states looks

  • mekus milkdud

    this is all part of bummers plan to make this a black Muslim nation and if you do not believe that you have been asleep blacks and whites will never fully be able to live together no more than christens and Muslims blacks will forever want reparations and affirmative action and blame whitey

  • Herb Benty

    Why does Obama so openly support jihadis that slaughter Christians……..waiting.

    • Mary Sue

      because he's a communist, and because communists hate christianity above all else, he can take secret schadenfreude in the knowledge that the Islamists he admires so much are doing the work that the KGB in Russia was doing (except worse).

  • Bob White

    Gee, it sounds that what is happening was what was predicted by millions of conservatives 2 years ago.

  • defcon 4

    While my heart goes out to these people. I can't help wondering if they ever considered that what happened to Egypt's formerly large and prosperous Jewish population wouldn't be their future as well.

    • Terrance Thor

      defcon, what an excellent point. As a matter of fact, Egypt's Copts were often more anti-Semitic than the Muslims. The problem with having a scapegoat (like the Jews) is that when they are gone (and they were fairly easy to get rid of), then who is your scapegoat? Who do you blame your problems on? Who then becomes "the devil?" In a Muslim majority nation, when there are no more Jews, it is the Christians. The Copts will never say, "Getting rid of the Jews was a mistake," because they helped to get rid of them. They will never say, "The Jews weren't the problem, our crazy, intolerant, ignorant culture was." The will say, "Oh pity us, we're being persecuted."

  • john_siple

    …so we just read our news, yawn & go to the next story?
    Hell No! We pray, we act, we refuse to give ground to atheistic & heretical ideologies that love power, might, and have Allah in their little palm.
    Fooey!

  • C.H. Spurgeon

    Mass Arrest and Torture of Christians in Libya

    Mass Arrest and Torture of Christians?

    No. That began BEFORE the Reformation on October 31, 1517!

    ……. when German monk Saint Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg …

  • Bruce

    Let the Obamanable Neo-Colonial CRU$ADE$ Begin!

  • ahmed

    try something else to disturb us . every body know we the libyans are all muslim sunni , so stop this crab