Muslim Brotherhood Supporters Threaten Christians against Protesting


egyptian-christians-after-protestOriginally published by the Gatestone Institute.

Hours before the June 30 protests against Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi and his party, the Muslim Brotherhood, began, the nation’s Christians were, once again, singled out for behaving like citizens who have the right to participate in the protests.

In Minya, Upper Egypt, where millions of Christians live, letters addressed to the Copts threatened them not to join the protests, otherwise their “businesses, cars, homes, schools, and churches” might “catch fire.” The message concluded by saying “If you are not worried about any of these, then worry about your children and your homes.  This message is being delivered with tact.  But when the moment of truth comes, there will be no tact.”  It’s signed by “People zealous for the nation.”

Such threats are hardly limited to anonymous letters.  During a recent TV interview, Sheikh Essam Abdulamek, a member of parliament’s Shura Council, warned Egypt’s Christians against participating in the June 30 protests, threatening them by saying “Do not sacrifice your children” since “general Muslim opinion will not be silent about the ousting of the president [Morsi].”

Notable in all these threats is that Christian children are specifically mentioned as targets—since they are the easiest and most effective way at punishing “uppity” Copts who think they have the right to protest the Brotherhood and Morsi.   Nor are these threats empty; since the rise of Morsi and the Brotherhood, the targeting of Coptic children has been on the rise.  Some, especially young girls, are regularly abducted, raped, and shamed into converting to Islam and “marrying” their rapists. Coptic boys have increasingly been abducted from the doorsteps of their churches and held for ransom. Most recently, a 6-year-old Christian boy was murdered by his kidnapper—after the boy’s family paid the ransom.  (Read more about the jihad on Egypt’s Christian children.)

The number of notable Islamic personages on record threatening Egypt’s Christians whenever they dare protest Morsi is significant: back in December 2012, Safwat Hegazy, a prominent Brotherhood figure and preacher, threatened every Christian who dared vote against Morsi’s Sharia-heavy constitution. In a video speaking before a throng of Muslims, he said:

A message to the church of Egypt, from an Egyptian Muslim: I tell the church—by Allah, and again, by Allah—if you conspire and unite with the remnants [opposition] to bring Morsi down, that will be another matter [screams of "Allah Akbar!" followed by chants of "With our soul, with our blood, we give to you, O Islam!"]… [T]here are red lines—and our red line is the legitimacy of Dr. Muhammad Morsi. Whoever splashes water on it, we will splash blood on him” [followed by more wild shouts of "Allah Akbar!"]

Around the same time, Dr. Wagdi Ghoneim—who earlier praised Allah for the death of the late Coptic Pope Shenouda, cursing him to hell and damnation on video—made another video, entitled, “A Notice and Warning to the Crusaders in Egypt,” a reference to the nation’s Copts, which he began by saying, “You are playing with fire in Egypt, I swear, the first people to be burned by the fire are you [Copts].” The heart of Ghoneim’s message was genocidal:

The day Egyptians—and I don’t even mean the Muslim Brotherhood or Salafis, regular Egyptians—feel that you are against them, you will be wiped off the face of the earth. I’m warning you now: do not play with fire!… What do you think — that America will protect you? Let’s be very clear, America will not protect you. If so, it would have protected the Christians of Iraq when they were being butchered!

And a couple of months ago, while discussing the ongoing protests against Morsi, Sheikh Abdullah Badr, an Al Azhar trained scholar and professor of Islamic exegesis, made the following assertion on live TV:

I swear to Allah, the day those who went out [to protest], and at their head, the [Coptic] Christians—I say this at the top of my voice—the day they think to come near Dr. Morsi, I—we—will pop their eyes out, and the eyes of all those who support them, even America; and America will burn, and all its inhabitants. Be assured, the day Dr. Morsi is touched by any hand whichever, and connected to whomever, by Allah it will be the last day for us. We will neither leave them, nor show them any mercy.

Thus of all of Egypt’s citizens, its most indigenous and original inhabitants—the Christian Copts—are also the most denied equal right; a stark reminder of how Islam entered Egypt, with the sword and violence, and why most Christians, over the centuries, converted: to remain Christian was to remain a third-class, barely tolerated “citizen,” who paid extra taxes, jizya, and was denied any equality with Muslims.

Unfortunately, not only do some Islamic leaders insist that Egypt’s Christians have no right to protest, but apparently so does the Obama administration.  Days before the June 30 protests, Ambassador Anne Patterson asked the Coptic pope to urge the Copts not to join the protests—thus validating Sharia law’s position concerning subjugated Christians: they must never complain against their Islamic overlords, in this case, Morsi and the Brotherhood.

UPDATE:

True to their vows, pro-Morsi Muslims are attacking Egypt’s Christians for participating in the anti-Morsi protests.  The St. George Coptic Christian Church in a village in al-Minya, Egypt, has just been set on fire by “pro-Morsi” forces.  Copts are reported to be in a state of “fear and panic.”  Thus this church attack is part of the price Egypt’s Christians had to pay to protest Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.  Only time will tell what other attacks Egypt’s harried Copts will pay down the line for participating in the ousting of an Islamist president.

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  • The Dead Critic

    The gospel is universal in scope. It isn’t for one group or one race or one nation. It is for everyone.

    C. S. Lewis said, “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’ All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no hell.”

  • DannyJeffrey

    I fear that the attacks on Christians will grow worse out of a sense of revenge. I wrote this on the first with short term predictions.http://www.freedomrings1776.com/2013/07/egyptsorosthe-real-plan-is-far-worse.html

  • Texas Patriot

    It is highly instructive that the modus operandi of Muslims toward non-Muslims varies according to whether Muslims happen to be in a majority in the particular nation in question. In Egypt, of course, Muslims are in the majority, and there is no attempt at secrecy regarding their intent towards non-Muslims. I think we should be thankful that Muslims have been so kind and generous as to give the rest of us a full preview of what is in store for us as well, should they ever become a majority in our countries.

  • Toa

    It was amusing to me this morning to hear AP News sounding so “concerned” that the Muslim Brotherhood was being…(sob)…targeted.
    Poor babies…

  • jewdog

    At least the impractical and inhumane nature of Sharia seems to mean that even the people who profess to want it eventually discover that they really don’t, once they have it.
    I wouldn’t be surprised to see a civil war in Egypt instigated by the Islamists.
    Egypt is like a boat whose motor has conked out and is drifting towards Niagara Falls. Instead of getting the boat moving, the crew just looks for a fight.

  • William James Ward

    I think that there must be a lesson made to the Islamists
    by Copts………..’Pain is coming your way and annihilation will
    be the outcome of attacking us’. The Copts must go to war
    for self preservation……………….William

    • Em

      No. The Copts have no need to go to war–the only thing we need to do is love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. We know who stands before us and who stands behind–the God of Angel Armies is always on our side. There is no need for us to act in violence or fall into sin because of persecution. Our fathers before us bore it and worse than it.

      Now it is our turn to cling to our faith, not our weapons.

      • William James Ward

        To endure evil while helpless is understandable but if you
        have the capability to resist evil it is the right thing to do,
        otherwise you encourage evil and give it free sway in your
        life………..Jesus promises to recompense but until then
        it is up to you to protect yourself………………..William

  • Butseriously

    $64K Q: Why is the world not demanding a Coptic 2-state in East Egypt, instead of serial 2-state demands in Palestine, a small land allocated for ‘one only Jewish state’ in the Balfour Dec? After all, Muslims were given 23 vast states that never existed 100 years ago?

  • delm31_nabla@yahoo.com

    What worries me is that now they will resort to “jihad”. If they can’t hold power, they will make life hell for the military and the rest of Egypt. Just like the Taliban in Afghanistan after they were chased from power.

  • BerettaM9

    Poor Musims. They just never can figure it out until its too late and there cooken in eternal flames. Good news is there are a whole bunch of these evil Musims repenting and giving there life to Christ to get the righteousness they most desperately need to before they meet the God of Israel.

  • Em

    Perhaps some Copts are in a state of fear, and who would blame them? But I tell you the truth, the Coptic Christians as a whole are standing strong. Ask one, and see what he or she will tell you. As for me and my house, our trust in God is full: Blessed be His people Egypt.