Skip to comments.U.S. Copts Decries Slaying By Muslim Extremists
Posted on 01/18/2005 8:53:27 PM PST by Selkie
U.S. Copts Association Decries Slaying By Muslim Extremists of Coptic-American Family
Tue Jan 18,10:55 AM ET
To: National Desk
Contact: U.S. Copts Association Communications Office, 202-737-3660
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The U.S. Copts Association express its outrage, shock, and disbelief at the atrocious murder of a Coptic-American couple and their two children in their New Jersey home after father Hossam Armanious expressed "strong Coptic beliefs" to Muslim extremists on an internet discussion forum.
Armanious, a resident of heavily Coptic-populated Jersey City, was a frequent contributor to religious debates in chat rooms accessed through paltalk.com. The 47-year old Egyptian immigrant was known as an opinionated online defender of both his Christian faith and Egypt's persecuted Coptic minority. Authorities suspect the Armanious family's brutal slaying is linked to Armanious' vehement web postings defending Copts against militant Islam and rousing the ire of the internet forum's Muslim fundamentalist participants. A Muslim poster threatened Armanious with retaliation, warning, "We will hunt you down...and kill you."
Armanious, his wife Amal, and their fifteen- and eight-year old daughters Sylvia and Monica were found bound, gagged, and stabbed to death in their Jersey City home on Friday, Jan. 14. All four victim's throats had been slashed. Teenager Sylvia Armanious, an outspoken defender of Copts' religious freedom, sustained the most severe wounds, with slash marks on her throat, chest, and cross- tattooed wrist. Investigators point to the slashing of the teen's cross and the vicious nature of the slayings as indicators of a hate crime.
"Muslim extremists' gruesome slaying of an innocent Coptic family is not only appalling, but disturbing in its implications for the Coptic-American community," said Michael Meunier, president of the U.S. Copts Association. "Since Egypt's exponential increase in anti-Coptic hate crimes, Copts have fled to the U.S. seeking religious liberty and freedom from persecution. That such deadly prejudice has followed Coptic immigrants out of Egypt is deeply alarming, and must serve as a warning to U.S. officials in their campaign against terrorism. The Armanious family members are modern-day martyrs in Islamic fundamentalists' war on Christianity and the freedom it advocates. Al-Qaeda is not only in the Middle East but in New Jersey and we call on the FBI (news - web sites) to hunt down the killers and bring them to justice."
The U.S. Copts Association, founded in 1996 and based in Washington D.C., advocates for democracy, religious freedom, and human rights in Egypt. The Association represents over 700,000 Egyptian Christians in the United States.
Very preoccupied with this and hope it isnt swept under the carpet.
Coptic Christian icon of the Holy Family's Flight to Egypt
I wonder if this will have any effect on CAIR's efforts to censor the show 24 for portraying a group of Muslim terrorists???
Oh who am I kidding, if 9/11 didn't shame them into allowing that Muslims can be terrorists, killing one family won't...
me, too..this has the potential to spur a religious war within that community..and beyond..this is scary...chilling..and I am afraid that the gov.will try to sweep this under the rug for fear of the above...it is my understanding that some jewelry was taken, but some was not...Mark Furman said this attack was very personal..and not motivated by robbery...
*Muslim extremists' gruesome slaying of an innocent Coptic family is not only appalling, but disturbing in its implications for the Coptic-American community," said Michael Meunier, president of the U.S. Copts Association*
We should all be concerned and disturbed since we are inundated with these people, thanks to GWB and his immigration policies.
Then let us pray that come it may,
As come it will for a' that,
That Sense and Worth, o'er a' the earth
Shall bear the gree and a' that.
For a' that, and a' that,
It's comin yet for a' that,
That Man to Man the warld o'er,
Shall brothers be for a' that;
... I always thought there was a certain ominous tone to this that belies the superficial optimism.
"It's comin yet for a' that"
I'm also watching this very closely. There but for the Grace of God go my free speech rights and free expression of religion rights as well!
To speak of Islamist hate crimes is considered "hate speech" by the media, just as chants of "death to Israel, death to the Jews" is considered protected free speech, while reciting bible verses is considered...hate spech.
well, it's already happened in Penn. Several Christians were arrested last week for hate crimes ..charged with felonies for voicing their 1st ammendment rights...they supposedly made derrogatory remarks about the gays who were harrassing them.
I likely missed the thorough coverage this savage event must have generated in our wonderfully objective pravada press. C the BS and their complicit urinalists will avoid this--it involves the murder of Christians by possible peace loving terrorist muhammedians. Terrorist acts, when committed by other than Christians, or whites, is found to be a perfectly acceptable activity by every stinking coward in the American news business.
Just no point in milling around waiting for this one to break. No protestations from their women, no deserved gutteral gurgling of mooslims creeps here--move on now justice seeking gawkers.
Oh, and Danny punk boy, you are one Anti-American hate filled vermin. You failed Marine boot camp, and you have been a worthless contributor to the betterment of the human species ever since you were regrettably pulled out of mommas womb. Nice to see you took such a public stand (courage) and have really sought to answer the charges. Keep the faith junior--you do your "profession" proud.
We were getting inundated with "these people" since long before GWB took office. Who soon we forget. ANd just exactly whom do you mean by "these people"? The Egyptian American Coptics or the Islamonazis who butchered them?
Bookmarking for tomorrow.
One comment...Fuhrman seems to be correct about this being personal. But the political often becomes the personal.
Imagine the coverage if this was a pretty little white family of four. I have a pretty little white family of five but I want any Copts, or blacks or whites or hispanics or asians in this country to know if this happens to any of us -- millions of us are ready to do something about it even if the lamestream media takes a wait and see attitude to even reporting it.
yes, glad you brought that point up...I remember Bill Clinton allowing the Cuban Marielistas to enter the US...the vermin has been coming here for a long time..the Coptics just escaped religious persecution...BIG difference...
I think Mr. Furman's main point was this did not have the earmark of a robbery or a random act of gang violence, but something more direct...
I meant Jimmy Carter...
Don't forget that with Islamist extremists, the religious is the personal. There is no distinction.
Don't forget the role Jimmah "Da Peanut Man" Carter played in that.
... all of us who dare speak the truth about the so-called "religion of peace."