“It’s as if (they) are challenging the police, the government and the general prosecutor, and that they want to drag the Coptic Christians into sectarian violence, a season of blood.”
These are the words of Emad El Erian, a spokesman for a Coptic rights organization on how the Salafist Muslims are trying to commence a wide scale persecution on Egypt’s Coptic Christian community.
Sherif Rushdy, chief judge of a Cairo appeals court, has described the Copts as “a ship in the middle of a sandy hurricane.” And anyone who is informed on whats going on in Egypt (such as Morsi’s venture to be a dictator), can see a perfect storm brewing for a systematic persecution against Egyptian Christians.
The Salafi Muslims want the government to oppress the Copts, and are making this desire quite clear. On November 10th, it was reported that in the Shubra El Kheima section of Cairo, the building of a Christian community was taken by Salafists who seized the area and declared it a Muslim mosque.
Raymond Ibrahim recently wrote on an attack on Christians in which Salafists surrounded the St. George Church in the Beni Suef Governorate armed with batons and assaulted exiting congregants. The priest was stuck inside for hours with no police arriving. The authorities did not arrive until a prestigious Coptic lawyer made his protest to the Ministry of the Interior:
I want the whole world to know, that a priest and his congregation are presently held captive in their church, afraid of the Salafi Muslims surrounding the church.
Obama pretends he wants “democracy” for Egypt, but all that has come from Egypt’s revolution, which he supports, is tyranny by the fundamentalist Muslims. In fact, on Friday, in a crowd of thousands of Egyptian Salfists demanding the “implementation of the Shariah,” and waving Saudi and black Islamic flags, one woman carried a poster of Obama, congratulating him on his re-election. Those who are on the side of Sharia in Egypt are also those who are on the side of Obama.
Another sign to Egypt’s future storm of blood is its constitutional draft. On Friday, thousands of Morsi supporters chanted:
Egypt is Islamic, it will not be secular, it will not be liberal.
What does this imply? Egypt’s new constitution, which was composed under the eye of Islamists, will be Islamic.
For months, Egypt’s Constituent Assembly debated the draft of the Constitution, but because of its Islamist dominance, Christian and liberal members left. On the final day of the debate, 80% of those who voted were Muslim Brotherhood members, and the other 5% were Salafist.
Sheik Yasser Borhami, one of Egypt’s most renown sheikhs, is very optimistic about the constitution:
This constitution has more complete restraints on rights than ever existed before in any Egyptian constitution.
The constitution will give sheikhs the power to enforce Islamic rules of life, and to set up a Saudi-style religious gestapo.
Mohammed Hassanein Abdel-Al, constitutional law professor at the Ain Shams University in Cairo, said that with this constitution, “The doors are wide open to restrict individuals’ freedoms”. He also gave an illustrative example of how life will be under the Islamic police:
If I’m walking with my wife and her face is not covered or she’s not wearing a headscarf, a man can come up and order me to cover her. I can’t protest or object because the constitution instructs him to do so.
In fact, Salafists have already been doing this type of mob enforcement. There have been reports of “bearded zealots” breaking up parties with un-Islamic music, and attacking women who don’t wear the full veil.
Mirette Michail was attacked in Egypt by six veiled women for not wearing the niqab (veil). They beat her, and then attempted to set her hair on fire, but were prevented by two other men.
This sort of persecution will soon be institutionalized by the Egyptian government. What are we to do?
Since we know that the Obama administration will not take any measures to help the Christians, American churches must take a stand and become very vocal on this issue. Churches are still very influential in America, and can thus still make a difference. If Christians and other conservatives rise up in America in protest against this Middle Eastern Hitlers, then I believe the government too will listen.
In 1876, countless Protestants and Catholics made protests against the Ottoman empire’s persecution of Bulgarian Christians. Because of this, the British statesmen Gladstone used their remonstrances to make numerous speeches denouncing the Ottomans, speeches which shattered any good image which the Turks tried to uphold.
But this would have never happened if Christians at first pushed the government to look into the Islamic massacres.
Christians will soon face the terror of Koranic despotism in Egypt and throughout the Middle East. But we must be on the right side of history, and in doing so, that means making our cries against any evil kingdom.
Theodore Shoebat is the author of the book, For God or For Tyranny.
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