Islam’s War on the Copts

islamg“I was constantly verbally abused for being a Christian. Even on the public buses, they would insult me for being Christian, and accused us of being infidels, and that we as Christian people deserve to be wiped off the face of this country, because they believe that we do not deserve to live in this country.”

These are the words of a Christian Copt from a recent interview on the current sufferings of the Egyptian Christians.

Pogroms have been done by the Muslim Brotherhood against Copts, calling for their deaths and the destruction of their churches. One Brotherhood statement justifies the razing of sanctuaries, writing:

The Pope of the Church is involved in the removal of the first elected Islamist president.

The Pope of the Church alleges Islamic Sharia is backwards, stubborn, and reactionary.

The Pope of the Church sponsors Black Bloc groups to create chaos, pursue banditry, and siege and storm mosques.

The Church mobilizes the Copts in June 30 demonstrations to topple the Islamist president.

The Pope of the Church objects to the articles of Islamic identity and withdraws from the Constituent Assembly.

The Pope of the Church was the first to respond to Al-Sisi’s call to authorize the killing of Muslims and the outcome of the authorization was more than 500 dead today.

The Pope of the Church sends a memo to the current commission to cancel the articles of Sharia.

After all this people ask why they burn the churches.

Here is a recent video of a patriarch orthodox church attacked by the Muslims:

Nina Shea gives a list of the names of the churches ransacked by the jihadists:

The litany of attacks is long: St. George Church, St. Mary’s Church, Good Shepherd’s Church, the Pentecostal Church, in Minya; St. Therese Church, Church of the Reformation, Church of the Apostle, Holy Revival Church, St. John’s Church, in Assiut; Church of the Virgin Mary in Cairo, St. Damiana Church, the Evangelical Church, and Joseph’s Church, in Fayoum; Church of the Archangel Michael, St. Saviors Anglican Church, the Greek Orthodox and Franciscan churches, in Suez; Fr. Maximus Church and St. George’s Church, in Alexandria

This is a repeat of history — history that has occurred since great tyrants of the Muslim faith have ruled over Egypt. By learning from history we can predict that a major massacre of the Copts is inevitable. Al-Hakim, a past tyrant who believed himself to be Allah reincarnated, and was called an antichrist by the Christians, massacred many of the faithful; he burned down the Egyptian city of Babylon for its Christianity, beheaded saints, seized the property of the followers of Christ and tore down thirty thousand churches. He forced Christians to wear a huge cross around their necks, Jews to put a round piece of wood around theirs, outlawed Christian holidays and burned any cross discovered. [1]

Years later, under a different ruler, a man named Nekam denied Christ to preserve himself, but once guilt seeped into his heart, and he realized that “whosoever will save his life shall lose it,” (Matthew 16:25) he confronted tyranny directly, threw away his Muslim garb and wore Christian dress, and openly proclaimed Christ. He was arrest and sentenced to death, and when his father came to visit and convince him to leave his zealotry, he had already professed who his Redeemer was, and was beheaded. [2]

The patriarch of Egypt in the early thirteenth century, Nicholas, had this to say on the persecution occurring in a letter to Pope Honorius in Rome:

“If any Christian church from any accident happens to fall, we dare not rebuild it; and for these fourteen years past each Christian in Egypt is compelled to pay a [Jizya] tax of one bezant and fourteen karabbas; and if he be poor, he is committed to prison and not set at liberty until he have paid the whole sum. There are so many Christians in this country that the Sultan derives from them a yearly revenue of one hundred thousand golden bezants. What further shall I say when Christians are employed for every unfit and sordid work, and are even compelled to clean the streets of the city?” [3]

On one afternoon in June 1320, mosques throughout Egypt were observing the Friday prayers, and in multiple congregations men arose and cried out “God [Allah] is great! God is great! O my brethren, let us go forth and destroy the churches!” In Cairo the same rallying cry was heard in three places at the same moment. It was a calculated plot, the conspirators understood the easily shaken conscious of the masses, and it worked sufficiently to rouse the mob to violence.

They attacked the church of Zehry, and not one stone of the sanctuary was left upon another. They then raided and ruined the church of St. Mena in the Hamra quarter. The mob broke through the Church of the Maiden, took out every nun and stripped them all naked, plundered the church of its valuables and then set it on fire. The same rabble destroyed another 56 churches and countless convents. A crowed rushed to the sultan and screamed, “Let there be no faith except that of Islam! God protect the faith of Mohammad! O thou commander of the faithful, help us against the infidels. No favour to the Christians!”

The sultan unwillingly acquiesced to the wants of the masses just as Pilot had done, and the crowed was ecstatic at such freedom given to them. The details of the violence is left only to our imagination, but we know that they ferociously reduced the Christians into servility, with any Christian caught wearing a white turban or riding a horse swiftly put to death. [4]

This mob violence continued on for years. One Christian was tortured for a whole week and then beheaded for denouncing the wickedness and anarchy of the Muslims. Churches were frequently leveled to the ground and Christian tombs were torn open and the bodies burnt. One multitude of jihadists even went so far as to make a large pit to throw Christian in. (5) One Christian named Gabriel was seized, and under the order of the sultan, tortured and forced to parade naked through the streets as an official screamed, “Thus shall it be done to every Christian in the employ of the Sultan.”

This type of violence is only going to occur again, but this era of persecution will be the ultimate one, unlike the past oppression. A holocaust of the Copts is coming, it is inexorable. But there is a great hope, for the prophet Isaiah prophesied:

In that day shall there be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the LORD. And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them. (Isaiah 19:19-20)

Notes:

(1) Edith Louisa Butcher, The Story of the Church of Egypt (Reprint Edition, Ams Pr Inc: June 1997), vol. ii, part ii, ch. xv, pp. 26-28.

(2) Ibid., vol. ii, part ii, ch. xvi, pp. 41-42.

(3) Ibid., vol. ii, part ii, ch. xxiv, p. 134.

(4) Ibid., vol. ii, part ii, ch. xxix, pp. 188-199.

(5) Ibid., vol. ii, part ii, ch. xxx, pp. 205-206, 209.

(6) Ibid., vol. ii, part ii, ch. xxxi, pp. 226.

Theodore Shoebat is the author of the book, For God or For Tyranny

  • M.T. Aziz

    If you live in Muslim lands, you must be respectful of Islam. The Copts have repeatedly disrespected their hosts, and they are now reaping the consequences. Egypt belongs to Islam, whether or not the Muslim Brotherhood is in power. Allahu akbar!

    • Tara Morcos Hanna

      I think you will find it is the Muslims that are “disrespecting their hosts”…Does the word “invaded” mean anything to you perhaps? “God Bless my People, Egypt”. Egypt always has and always will be a Christian country. You can burn our churches but you will never burn our Faith.

    • rightrightright

      Copts are descendents of the original inhabitants of Egypt. They are the “host” – as in hostage – population. The Arab hordes are the invaders.

    • watsa46

      Egypt belongs only to the people who take care of Egypt.

    • tanstaafl

      Why should anyone respect a religion that has murdered 270 million humans over the 1400 years of its history?

    • Reese

      M.T. Aziz: The Middle East was mostly Christian in the 300s, 400s, 500s, 600s. Then came the Satanically inspired Mohammed and Islam and Islamic Supremacists started killing Christians and Jews and almost wiped them all out. But you can never do that because Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. You don’t know real history, Mr. to get to heaven. But, on the other hand, with the one true God of the Bible (Jehovah God the Father, Jesus God the Son, and God the Holy Aziz. Islamic Supremacism does not deserve one bit of respect. All it does is torture and kill and expect its followers to die for Islam in order Spirit…the Godhead 3 in one) …in Judeo-Christianity, God loves ALL mankind so much that HE came to earth as a sinless man, Jesus Christ (Yeshua Hamishiach) and HE gave HIS sinless life as the only sacrifice good enough to pay for our sins…HIS death and resurrection was a ransom to pay for all the sins of those who will believe HE is the Son of God so they will not have to pay the penalty of their sins and can go to heaven. That includes you and all the Islamic Supremacists who are torturing and killing Christians and Jews. Jehovah God/Jesus the Son love even you and will forgive you, save you, and transform your life.

      270 million murdered over 1400 years of Islam.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_Qpy0mXg8Y&feature=youtube
      Why isn’t this video being shown in school and on the news? In this past century alone an estimated 200 million Christians were murdered for their faith, more than during any other century in human history. My child is undergoing weeks of movies and indoctrination about how wonderful Islamic Supremacism is. 270 million murdered over 1400 years of Islam. Here’s what Islam has done for 1400 years. The DATA does not lie. Our Schools Teaching False History Regarding Islamists / Muslims: “Why We Are Afraid, A 1400 Year Secret”, by Dr B.Warner. The myth of the “Golden Age” of Islam. The real cause of the Dark Ages. The “Crusades” were just Christians who finally fought back instead of letting Islamic Supremacist slaughter them. And more. Muslims have raped, enslaved, tortured, murdered Christians, Jews, Hindus, Zoastrians, Buddhists, Secularists, etc.; destroyed libraries, & denied physical laws. Dr. Warner analyzes Islamic Jihad (killing non-Muslims) through political Islamic doctrine of jihad & the data shows Islam kills Muslims and Non-Muslims, i.e. the data shows that it Is bad for all. The history of Islam in Europe and the Middle East and how it affects us to this day. This is a history based on numbers and facts and explains why we may be afraid to see Islam for what it is based on its own doctrine and practice.

      Video: Former PLO terrorist, Walid Shoebat, explains truth about Islamic Supremacism around the world throughout history. Watch all episodes, especially him telling of Armenia in the early 1900s. Armenia is called Smyrna in the Bible. Smyrna was the FIRST nation to declare itself a Christian nation. Emperor Constantine in 300 A.D. Kim Kardashian & her family are of Armenian descent. The Ottoman Turk Islamic Supremacists starved, disfigured, burned, raped, chopped up, beheaded, crucified, & killed or drove out every Armenian. There are pictures and videos of this on youtube. So many women’s heads were thrown in the harbor that the American and European ships that were there could not get their propellers to move so they could leave. So many heads & women’s hair had the propellers tangled. Listen to him tell what our schools do not teach in history anymore. Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OxKMxds-P8

      • reese

        My post was too long and it cut some off at the top.

        Islam expects its followers to suffer, kill others, and die for Islam in order to get to heaven. But, with the one true God of the Bible (Jehovah God the Father, Jesus God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – the Godhead 3 in one) …in Judeo-Christianity, God loves ALL mankind so much that HE came to earth as a sinless man, Jesus Christ (Yeshua Hamishiach), and HE gave HIS sinless life as the only sacrifice good enough to pay for all of our filthy sins…HIS death and resurrection was the ransom needed to pay for all the sins of those who will believe HE is the Son of God. If they do, they will not have to pay the penalty of their sins and can go to heaven to be with the Lord and all those who’ve gone before forever. That includes you and all the Islamic Supremacists who are torturing and killing Christians and Jews. Jehovah God/Jesus the Son love even you and will forgive you, save you, and transform your life. http://www.allaboutgod.com

  • Elliott Hirsh

    And there are those in the US who worry that children with gender identity problems might be “bullied” and there fore need to use whatever restrooms they feel comfortable with. The rest of the world has REAL problems.

  • antioli

    The Christians also have a bad track record on persecution .

    • KhidonNOR

      As long as any kind of persecution is a direct violation of the teaching of Jesus Christ, your “argument” is invalid.

      Compare that to Islam, where persecution is mandated.

      • defcon 4

        It’s true, Yeshua never advocated for the persecution or murder of anyone, much less took part in it. No one was murdered, plundered or raped at the hands of any of Yeshua’s followers while he lived — unlike Muhahahahahahamad’s companions.

    • defcon 4

      It’s all a big nothing in comparison to what the musl0-nazis have done and are doing in the India sub-continent. Don’t believe me? Make your next vacation a trip to Pakistain or Bangladesh — make sure to wear a crucifix or Star of David while you do and most importantly have fun!