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  • White House Touts Jobs for Jihadists

    02/18/2015 1:36:43 PM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    Radix News ^ | February 18, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    At the White House Summit on Extremism That Shall Remain Unspecified Because Violent Followers Belonging To Unnamed Extremist Movement Might Take Extreme Offense And Act Extremely, the feds are touting a groundbreaking new strategy to fight terrorists. Just kidding. It’s actually the same old futile strategy that big-government liberals use to cure everything: mo’ money, mo’ money, mo’ money. ... Muslim jihadists chopped off the heads of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya this weekend. Muslim jihadists launched deadly shooting sprees in Copenhagen at a cartoonists free-speech event and a synagogue. Muslim jihadists murdered Jews at a kosher deli in...
  • Egyptian Church confirms 21 killed in Libya after Islamic State issues video

    02/15/2015 2:43:50 PM PST · by NYer · 35 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 15, 2015
    Yahoo Canada News - "HORRIBLE PHOTOS reveal ISIS marched 21 Coptic Christians to beach, beheaded them all" Image via Twitter/ @trscoop / The Right Scoop CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State released a video on Sunday purporting to show the beheading of a group of Egyptian Christians kidnapped in Libya, violence likely to deepen Cairo's concerns over security threats from militants thriving in the neighboring country's chaos. Egypt's state news agency MENA quoted the spokesman for the Coptic Church as confirming that 21 Egyptian Christians believed to be held by Islamic State were dead. In the video, militants in black...
  • ‘Our Daddy is in Heaven’ — Daughters of Christian Family Slaughtered in Libya

    01/04/2015 10:33:08 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/04/15 | Ramond Ibrahim
    Coptic Christian family — mother, father, and daughter — killed in Libya More information about the Coptic Christian family — mother, father, and daughter — killed in Libya continues to surface. In an interview with the mother’s brother, he explained how the murderers broke into the house in the middle of the night. They handcuffed and killed the father. Then they entered the children’s bedroom, three girls. The mother was there, cried out, tried to fight back, and was killed. They took the oldest daughter, Katherine, and fled with her. The girl’s body was later found in the desert, shot...
  • The Islamic Terror Orchestra

    09/01/2014 6:57:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Front page magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | Nonie Darwish
    It has been 13 years since 9/11 and the West is still reluctant to link the non-ending parade of jihad groups with Islam. The West is also in denial about the similarities all radical Islamic groups share. It is important for the West to realize that there is a natural division of labor between the different terror groups. Some groups specialize in terror against non-Muslims and Western governments while others specialize in terrorizing Arab governments that refused to follow Sharia. But the truly sophisticated groups are those who reside in the West, calling themselves ‘moderate’ while at the same time...
  • Egyptian Islamists Murder Young Christian, After Dragging Her From Car

    04/02/2014 7:47:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 1, 2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    Eyewitnesses have given a harrowing account of the murder in Cairo of a young Coptic Christian woman, hauled out of her car and beaten and stabbed to death by a Muslim mob, apparently targeted because of a cross hanging from her rear-view mirror. The incident occurred in the Cairo suburb of Ain Shams after mosque prayer services on Friday, ... 25-year-old Mary Sameh George was attacked in her car near a church, where she planned to deliver medicine to an ill and elderly woman. Protestors climbed onto her car, collapsing the roof, then hauled her from the vehicle, beating and...
  • AP interview: Female party head doubts Egypt path

    02/24/2014 11:37:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 24, 2014 2:19 PM EST | Mariam Rizk
    The first woman elected to head an Egyptian political party expressed doubt over the country’s transition to democracy on Monday, criticizing the interim authorities’ increasing intolerance of dissent. Hala Shukrallah, a 59-year-old Coptic Christian, condemned the security crackdown that has resulted in mass detentions and trials in the months since the military overthrew the Islamist president last July. […] Hundreds of Islamists have been killed and thousands detained. But by the end of last year and with the issuance of a draconian protest law, the appetite for dissent decreased and the clampdown widened to include some of the main figures...
  • Egyptian Christians, Muslims March Against Obama

    08/23/2013 6:41:41 PM PDT · by xzins · 51 replies
    AINA ^ | 23 Aug 13 | Mark Martin
    Hundreds of Egyptian protestors, many of them Coptic Christians, rallied in front of the White House Thursday, outraged over President Barack Obama's support of the Muslim Brotherhood. "Don't support terrorists!" protestor Hale Salem said. "Don't support terrorists! Please, Mr. Obama I voted for you -- don't support terrorists." "He's asking us as Egyptians to leave the terrorists in Egypt alone? To kill us, to kill our people? It's not gonna happen," another protestor declared. Muslims were also present, voicing their opposition against the Brotherhood. "I'm a Muslim," demonstrator Mina Khalifa said. "It's not a Christian thing. It's an Egyptian thing."...
  • As Egyptian Churches Are Put To the Torch, Obama’s Reputation Goes Up in Flames

    08/18/2013 11:58:05 PM PDT · by kingattax · 58 replies
    New York Sun ^ | 8-18-13 | Youssef Ibrahim
    As church after church is put to the torch in Egypt by members of the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies, one of the things that is going up in flames is the reputation of President Obama. In the past 48 hours alone, some 57 Egyptian churches have been burned to the ground in the Nile valley. It will not be lost on the Egyptians that Mr. Obama has spent the crisis playing golf at Martha’s Vineyard. Scores of Christians are being consumed in this conflagration, some burned beyond recognition defending their churches, even as Mr. Obama’s much-despised envoy in Egypt,...
  • Taliban Demands Egypt Stop Cracking Down On Muslim Brotherhood Protesters***

    08/17/2013 11:35:04 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 11 replies
    weaselzippers/The Hill ^ | 8/17/2013 | Carlo Muńoz
    <p>Leaders of the Afghan Taliban are calling for an end to the violence in Egypt, demanding the military end its "inhumane and unethical action" against government protesters in the country.</p>
  • McCain, Graham, Obama: No photo-ops with Coptic Christians or Condemnation of Muslim Brotherhood?

    08/15/2013 9:16:39 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 8 replies
    8/15/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    The Muslim Brotherhood has persecuted Coptic Christians, burned their churches, (both before and after the military crackdown), caused tens of thousands of Coptic Christians to flee the country and even went so far as to institute apartheid-like, segregated, Muslim-only zones in Egypt before the military intervened to try and restore freedom. Where is the equal outrage by Obama over this? Where are McCain and Lindsey Graham on this? Did McCain get any photo-ops with Coptic Christians in Egypt when he was over in the region visiting Syria a little while back? Didn't they both travel to the region together recently?...
  • Egypt Authorities Permitting Attacks on Christians Through Lack of Action Against Perpetrators

    08/10/2013 3:33:06 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 8-10-13 | MidEast Christian News
    Dr. Kamil Sedik, secretary of the Congregational Council in Alexandria, has condemned repeated attacks by Islamist groups against Coptic Christians in Egypt, saying that authorities are permitting the violence by not providing adequate security for vulnerable Copts."Copts are subjected to violence by criminals, who were released from prison by deposed President Morsi, because of their [Copts] ideological affiliation," Sedik told Mideast Christian News. Moreover, Sedik accused government officials of failing to cope with criminal attacks against Copts. "The government does not provide security for Copts, but it tolerates prisoners who are under investigation," he said in reference to the meeting...
  • Christians in Egypt under siege as Islamists blame them for coup

    08/08/2013 9:24:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/08/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Islamists outraged by the popular coup that toppled the Mohamed Morsi government have found a target for their wrath. CBS News reports that Coptic Christians in the country have been harrassed, beaten, and killed since Morsi’s removal, and now live in fear of even greater violence which Islamists threaten on a daily basis: It was nighttime and 10,000 Islamists were marching down the most heavily Christian street in this ancient Egyptian city, chanting “Islamic, Islamic, despite the Christians.” A half-dozen kids were spray-painting “Boycott the Christians” on walls, supervised by an adult.While Islamists are on the defensive in Cairo following...
  • Al Qaeda Flag Flies High Above Christian Churches

    08/08/2013 12:51:07 AM PDT · by bronxville · 12 replies
    Raymond Ibrahim.com ^ | August 7, 2013 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Days ago, al-Qaeda’s Egyptian leader, Ayman Zawahiri, portrayed the overthrow of Muhammad Morsi and the Brotherhood as a “Crusader” campaign led by Coptic Pope Tawadros II who, according to Zawahiri and other terrorists, is trying to create a Coptic state in Egypt. Since then, not only are Egypt’s Christians and churches now being attacked in ways unprecedented in the modern era, but new reports indicate that al-Qaeda’s black flag has been raised on some of them, specifically St. George Church in Sohag. Considering that it was al-Qaeda linked terrorists who initiated one of the bloodiest church attacks in recent history,...
  • Christian Tragedy in the Muslim World

    07/25/2013 1:38:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Hoover Institution ^ | July 25, 2013 | Bruce S. Thornton
    We are living through one of the largest persecutions of a religious group in history. Few people realize that we are today living through the largest persecution of Christians in history, worse even than the famous attacks under ancient Roman emperors like Diocletian and Nero. Estimates of the numbers of Christians under assault range from 100-200 million. According to one estimate, a Christian is martyred every five minutes. And most of this persecution is taking place at the hands of Muslims. ... In Crucified Again, Ibrahim performs two invaluable functions for educating people about the new “Great Persecution,” to use...
  • Egypt's New Proposed Constitution: More Sharia

    07/11/2013 9:27:27 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 10 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | July 11, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    The new constitutional road map issued this week by Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour is based on more sharia, the most brual and extreme legal system on the face of the earth. Really? More sharia? That's like prescribing more cancer for a terminal cancer patient. The "cure" is separation of mosque and state. It is the only way forward. "Mama Mia, More Sharia in Egypt" Andrew Bostom, American Thinker, July 11, 2013 Egypt's Coptic community is alarmed over the constitutional road map issued on Monday by interim president Adly Mansour. The Sharia closed circle that has stifled Egypt's efforts since...
  • Christian Copts of California Asking President Obama, Why Are You Silent?

    04/18/2013 7:54:09 PM PDT · by Coleus · 20 replies
    prnewswire.com ^ | April 11, 2013
    How many Coptic Egyptian Christians have to die before you take action? WASHINGTON and LOS ANGELES, April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What has been described as the Arab Spring has evolved into deadly seasons, especially for the original Christian inhabitants of these lands. The dictators who once ruled these countries are being replaced by militant Islamic regimes that are bent on cleansing their nations from all Christians. Not a day passes in Egypt without Christian homes, businesses and churches burnt to the ground. Members of the Christian minority are wounded and killed. It is common for their children to be...
  • Hatred of Christians Unleashed in Libya

    03/07/2013 5:07:51 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 6, 2013 | Raymond Ibrahim
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Hatred of Christians Unleashed in LibyaPosted By Raymond Ibrahim On March 6, 2013 @ 12:20 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 5 Comments Last Thursday, a Coptic Christian church located in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked by armed Muslim militants.  Initial reports indicate that at least one priest, Fr. Paul Isaac, was injured, as well as his assistant.  It is the second church to be attacked in two months.  Earlier, on Sunday, December 30, an explosion rocked a Coptic Christian church near the western city of Misrata, where a group of U.S. backed rebels hold a major checkpoint....
  • Gruesome double murder, men decapitated

    02/13/2013 1:40:56 PM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    WABC-TV/ ^ | February 11, 2013 | Jeff Pegues
    JERSEY CITY - There's a gruesome double murder mystery in New Jersey. Police say who did it's not a mystery because someone is under arrest but the mystery is why the accused killer cut of two men's heads and hands. The victims are reportedly from Jersey City, but their remains were found buried in a town southwest of Philadelphia. ... police announced an arrest. 28-year-old Yusuf Ibrahim is in custody. Investigators say Ibrahim shot and killed the victims, severed their heads and hands, and buried the remains at a Buena Vista house. Back in Jersey City, friends of the victims...
  • Egypt's Coptic Christians fleeing country after Islamist takeover

    01/14/2013 3:37:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01/14/2013 | Richard Spencer
    Coptic Christian churches in the United States say they are having to expand to cope with new arrivals, as priests in cities like Cairo and Alexandria talk of a new climate of fear and uncertainty. "Most of our people are afraid," Father Mina Adel, a priest at the Church of Two Saints in Alexandria said. "Not a few are leaving - for America, Canada and Australia. Dozens of families from this church alone are trying to go too." Father Mina's church has an important place in the history of the Arab Spring. It was struck by a car bomb on...
  • Coptic Christians Asking Free World to Cut Ties With Egypt Under Morsi

    12/11/2012 7:27:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 12/11/12 | Alex Murashko
    The founder of an international group of advocates for the equality and rights of Coptic Christians is appealing to the leaders of democratic nations to cut any ties with Egypt. The Voice of the Copts is attempting to thwart President Mohamed Morsi's regime from implementing a primarily Islamic-based constitution. "We demand that world leaders withdraw their recognition of Egypt's phony 'pro-democracy' leader, Mr. Morsi, who is backed by the illegal Muslim Brotherhood party," states Dr. Ashraf Ramelah, president of Voice of the Copts, in an open letter sent Monday. "Freeze your political relationships with Egypt, halt all investments and aid...
  • Why is the Coptic Christian filmmaker partners in crime with Coptic Christian hater?

    09/25/2012 10:05:56 AM PDT · by Ben Barrack · 9 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 9/25/12 | Walid Shoebat
    The Smoking Gun has produced court documents telling us that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, producer of the movie Innocence of Muslims, partnered with Eiad Salameh and that Nakoula was finally caught in 2009 for his role in a check-kiting ring that stole over $870,000 from six financial institutions by using stolen Social Security numbers and identities. In this, we will show how this story is mired in FBI failure and the Eiad connection is crucial in unraveling more facts to this story, since many of his dealings with Nakoula can tell us more about his true motives. After all, Eiad Salameh...
  • The Christian Exodus From Egypt. For Copts, a dictator was preferable to the Islamist mob.

    10/12/2012 2:17:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/12/2012 | By SAMUEL TADROS
    Visit any Coptic church in the United States and you immediately recognize the newcomers. You see it in their eyes, hear it in their broken English, sense it in how they cling to the church in search of the familiar. They have come here escaping a place they used to call home, where their ancestors had lived for centuries. Waves of Copts have come here from Egypt before, to escape Gamal Abdel Nasser's nationalizations or the growing Islamist tide. Their country's transformation wasn't sudden, but every year brought more public Islamization. As the veil spread, Coptic women felt increasingly different,...
  • Analyst: Innocence of Muslims Film Actually Made by TERRORISTS

    09/27/2012 8:00:24 AM PDT · by Ben Barrack · 20 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | 9/26/12 | Walid Shoebat
    There is more to the story of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula than what we are told by the media. Court documents reveal that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, producer of the movie Innocence of Muslims, partnered in a scheme with Eiad Salameh, my first cousin, a Palestinian Muslim from Beit Sahour in the Palestinian district of Bethlehem. To prove my claim, I revealed Eiad Salameh long before this whole fiasco erupted—in 2008 and the first real reportage of Eiad and Nakoula was revealed on September 14th, 2012. Now do I have your attention? The narrative that circulates the media fails to answer crucial...
  • O.C. Coptic Christians watch turmoil closely (Coptic Orthodox but in name only.)

    09/14/2012 10:32:53 AM PDT · by bronxville · 3 replies
    Orange Country Register ^ | 09-14-2012 | SALVADOR HERNANDEZ
    ANAHEIM – The Rev. Joseph Boules' parish sits along a busy street in Anaheim, but the concern of his Coptic Orthodox Christian parishioners often reaches halfway around the world to Egypt. Relations between the Muslim majority and the Coptic Christian minority there have been historically tense, and violence between the two groups intensified after the Egyptian uprising. Boules' concern peaked early Thursday morning, when he heard a Southern California man who identified himself as a Coptic Christian was connected with the creation of a film that ridiculed Islam and sparked violence across the Middle East. "A good Christian would not...
  • Egyptian Copts fear persecution by Brotherhood

    07/13/2012 11:23:36 AM PDT · by lward99 · 7 replies
    Times247.com ^ | 7/13/2012 | Gracy Howard
    When Souly Farag was growing up in Egypt, Christian houses were marked with crosses for burning. Coptic Christians were second-class citizens. Forty-four years ago, Mr. Farag emigrated to the United States to provide a better future for his family. But even in the wake of the ouster of longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak and Egypt's first democratic elections, the Farag family is in no hurry to return to their homeland. Read more: http://times247.com/articles/47egyptian-copts-fear-persecution-under-muslim-brotherhood3#ixzz20WoihDwR
  • Democrat holds up legislation to protect Middle East religious minorities, ...Obama's abandonment...

    07/13/2012 8:10:31 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | July 12, 2012 | Unknown
    The monstrous Islamic persecution, oppression and slaughter of Christians, Coptic Christians, Baha’is, Chaldo-Assyrians, Ahmadis, Jews and non-Muslims throughout the Middle East, South Central Asia and other Muslim countries cannot be sanctioned. But Obama is doing just that. Obama's Muslim advisers have gone so far as to block Middle Eastern Christians' access to the White house. Now, Obama has his henchmen like Jim Webb holding up any attempts at legislation to protect and/or defend these helpless minorities in Congress. Lawmakers clash over Middle East religious minorities bill The Hill, July 12 Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) ripped into Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.)...
  • Rich Egyptians weigh emigration as Islamists surge

    12/02/2011 6:40:27 PM PST · by george76 · 10 replies · 1+ views
    AFP ^ | December 02, 2011 | Hania El Malawani
    For decades, Egypt's Westernised elite kept the country's growing religosity at arm's length, but a projected Islamist surge in the first post-revolution polls has driven many to think of moving abroad. Sporting the latest fashions and mingling in upmarket country clubs, Egypt's rich fear a victory for the Muslim Brotherhood and hardline Salafis in the first phase of parliamentary elections presages change ahead. "I hope they don't impose the veil and ban women from driving like in Saudi Arabia," said coquettish fifty-something Naglaa Fahmi from her gym in the leafy neighbourhood of Zamalek. In a nearby luxury hotel, Nardine --...
  • Egypt’s Defining Period Begins

    11/30/2011 3:55:50 PM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 29, 2011 | Ryan Mauro
    On November 28, the opportunity that the Muslim Brotherhood has waited for since 1928 came. The first round of elections in Egypt took place, and although the results are not yet in, the Brotherhood’s mammoth political operation blew away its competitors. A Brotherhood spokesman was honest about what the group seeks: “The Sharia, the Muslim legal framework, must be the foundation for everything.” The vote for the lower house of parliament took place in nine provinces. In districts where a candidate does not take a majority, there will be a run-off election on December 5-6. Two other rounds of voting...
  • Christians Die, Obama Yawns

    10/31/2011 1:58:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    NC Register ^ | October 31, 2011 | Patrick Archbold
    I recently read an article that said that Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world and nowhere more persecuted than in the middle east. Pope Benedict recently expressed concern for the persecution of Christians around the world. Coptic Christians have been repeatedly slaughtered in Egypt, both pre and post Arab Spring.  Earlier this month Egyptian forces drove over Coptic Christians in military vehicles at a rally in Cairo. ACN reports: Christians in Egypt are currently experiencing their worst time in recent centuries. This statement was made by the Coptic Orthodox Bishop Stephanos of Beba and Elfashn to the...
  • Egypt: Coptic Bishop: “Christians are currently experiencing their worst time in recent centuries"

    10/30/2011 5:58:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    ACN News ^ | 31st October 2011
    Bishop Anba Stephanos (Orthodox Coptic) of Beba and Elfashn Christians in Egypt are currently experiencing their worst time in recent centuries. This statement was made by the Coptic Orthodox Bishop Stephanos of Beba and Elfashn to the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). Christians are being violently killed under the eyes of the international media. Also, for the first time in many years, churches are being systematically burned and destroyed. The police are taking no action and nobody is punished for it. In the Egyptian media, “the facts are systematically covered up in order to...
  • Bolton: Obama Calls For Restraint From Egyptian Christians As They’re Being Killed (Video)

    10/10/2011 5:09:19 PM PDT · by blueyon · 24 replies
    Breitbart.TV ^ | 10-10-2011 | Fox News
    "This will come as news to the Coptic Christians that they're supposed to exercise restraint. They're being attacked, they're the ones being victimized both by mobs of fellow Egyptian citizens who are Muslims and by the government."
  • Egypt troops dead after Coptic church protest in Cairo

    10/09/2011 12:52:43 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 41 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9 October 2011
    Clashes erupted after a protest outside the state TV building in Cairo At least 17 people have been killed and scores injured after a protest in Cairo against an attack on a Coptic Christian church. Egyptian TV showed protesters throwing petrol bombs and army vehicles burning outside the state television building. Copts blame Muslim radicals for the partial demolition of a Coptic church in Aswan province last week. Sectarian tensions have increased since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising in February. Egypt's Coptic Christians - who make up about 10% of the population - accuse the governing...
  • Death Toll Rises in Egypt Christian Clashes as Tension Continues

    10/10/2011 10:03:13 AM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | October 10, 2011 | Mohamed Fadel Fahmy
    The number of dead in clashes between the army and pro-Coptic Christian protesters in Egypt over the weekend rose to at least 25, with at least 272 wounded, a Health Ministry official told CNN Monday. Conflicting reports from the two sides indicated the death toll could be as high as 29 in violence that an army spokesman speculated may have been guided by a "hidden hand" associated with neither side. Many of the casualties had been crushed by speeding military vehicles, said Dr. Adel al-Dawi of the ministry. The violence -- the deadliest in Egypt since President Hosni Mubarak...
  • With regime's fall, Christians become prey ( Egypt )

    08/02/2011 7:53:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | July 31, 2011 | Betsy Hiel
    QENA, Egypt -- When Ayman Anwar Mitri heard his apartment building had burned, the high school administrator rushed to see the damage. He found a crowd of bearded men waiting. They "beat me all over" with charred furniture, recalls Mitri, 47, one of the Coptic Christians who make up 10 to 15 percent of Egypt's 83 million people... "They were chanting, 'There is no god but Allah.' They wanted me to convert to Islam," Mitri says. "... I was on my knees with my hands over my head. It felt like icicles falling on my body, and I prayed." An...
  • Egypt revolution followed by conflict between Christians and Muslims

    05/14/2011 9:36:13 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Saturday, May 14, 2011 | Richard Spencer
    Coptic Christians chant slogans as they protest the recent attacks on Christians and churches in Egypt.Two families, two bereavements, two narrow streets apart. In the northern Cairo suburb of Imbaba, the Christian Malek family and the Muslim Ramadan family followed near-identical rituals of mourning this week. The menfolk sat separately, holding back tears, showing a family photograph, each of a cheerful young man with a slapstick sense of humour, and receiving the neighbours' visits of condolence. At the Malek family's narrow, brick-and-concrete house, a priest with long black robe, black cap and flowing beard arrived to offer support. A hundred...
  • An Ill Season The Arab spring unleashes Islamists on Egyptian Christians.

    05/14/2011 7:20:15 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Screaming “With our blood and soul, we will defend you, Islam,” jihadists stormed the Virgin Mary Church in northwest Cairo last weekend. They torched the Coptic Christian house of worship, burned the nearby homes of two Copt families to the ground, attacked a residential complex, killed a dozen people, and wounded more than 200: just another day in this spontaneous democratic uprising by Muslim hearts yearning for freedom. In the delusional vocabulary of the “Arab Spring,” this particular episode is known as a sectarian “clash.” That was the Washington Post’s take. Its headline reads “12 dead in Egypt as Christians...
  • Obama Should Condemn Anti-Christian Violence in Egypt

    05/13/2011 4:46:39 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 5-13-11 | Keith Koffler
    Even as he renews his outreach to Muslims, President Obama should seek to stem the growing tide of violence against Coptic Christians in Egypt by condemning last weekend’s attacks that left a dozen people dead and scores injured. The attacks, about which Obama has been silent, also resulted in the burning of Coptic Orthodox churches and the destruction of Christian homes and businesses. The president needs to say more to stem religious violence that creates opportunities for Islamic extremists who want to seize power in Egypt, our most important Arab ally. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Monday “strongly” condemned the...
  • Who are the Coptic Christians?

    05/11/2011 6:54:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | Jonathan Jones
    Attacks on churches, communal divisions -- Cairo has recently seen conflicts between some Muslims and Coptic Christians. But who exactly are the Copts and how did they come to be in Egypt? Part of the answer lies in Coptic art... in the 19th and 20th centuries excavators such as William Flinders Petrie developed truly scientific archaeological techniques and looked beyond the tombs of the kings into the buried worlds of Egypt's past. Petrie, who excavated at Fayoum, looked not just for treasures but pottery and cloth. Egypt's climate preserves materials that usually perish, including wood, papyrus, and cloth. Even shoes...
  • Expert: Egypt's Mubarak Resignation Good for Coptic Christians

    02/12/2011 11:02:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 02/12/2011 | Michelle Vu
    Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's resignation Friday is good for the country's Coptic Christians, according to a religious freedom expert. Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman read a short statement Friday saying that Mubarak had "decided to leave his position as president" and hand over control to Egypt's powerful Armed Forces Supreme Council. Mubarak has reportedly left Cairo to his home in Sharm el-Sheik, according to the New York Times. "I think Mubarak's resignation is a good thing for Coptic Christians, and other Egyptians. If he had not done so, there would likely have been riots and violence and a descent into...
  • Copts say Egypt regime change trumps Islamist fears

    02/02/2011 12:32:38 PM PST · by buzzer · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Feb 1, 2011 10:01pm GM | Alexander Dziadosz
    CAIRO, Feb 1 (Reuters) - For Rafik, a member of Egypt's Coptic Christian minority, the myth that President Hosni Mubarak is the community's best defence against Islamist militants was shattered by an Alexandria church bombing on New Year's Day. He and other Copts continued to demonstrate alongside at least 1 million Egyptians on Tuesday, saying their desire to end Mubarak's three-decade rule was for now more pressing than any fears that a change of power might empower Islamist groups. "After (the Alexandria) bombing the Copts for the first time started to demonstrate against Mubarak. He was telling us that 'When...
  • Condemns the religious persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt.

    01/27/2011 6:24:29 AM PST · by ZULU · 14 replies
    New Jersey State Legislature ^ | January 10, 2011 | Assemblywoman AMY H. HANDLIN
    ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION No. 131 STATE OF NEW JERSEY 214th LEGISLATURE INTRODUCED JANUARY 10, 2011 Sponsored by: Assemblywoman AMY H. HANDLIN District 13 (Middlesex and Monmouth) SYNOPSIS Condemns the religious persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt. CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT As introduced. An Assembly Resolution condemning the religious persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt. Whereas, In the early morning hours of January 1, 2011, a bomb exploded in a Coptic Christian church, killing 21 and wounding nearly 100 worshippers attending a New Year’s Mass in Alexandria, Egypt; and Whereas, The bombing, which left the church bloodstained and scarred with shrapnel from...
  • Policeman Shoots 4 Christians in Egypt

    01/13/2011 8:56:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Less than two weeks after a church bombing in Alexandria left 21 Coptic Christians dead, an off-duty policeman shot four Christians on a train, killing a 71-year-old man. A fifth person was also wounded. “This lunatic went up and down the coach looking for Christians,” said Coptic Orthodox Bishop Morcos of Shobra El-Kheima, who had spoken with witnesses to the shooting. “Seeing a group of girls and women who were not wearing the [Islamic’ veil, he took them for Christians and fired, shouting Allahu Akbar [Allah is great].” The new attack on Christians came just after the Egyptian government announced...
  • Egyptian Christian fatally shot, 5 wounded, aboard train

    01/11/2011 9:29:30 PM PST · by Cardhu · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 11, 2011 | Amro Hassan and Jeffrey Fleishman
    Reporting from Cairo and Juba, Sudan — An off-duty policeman opened fire aboard a train Tuesday in southern Egypt, killing one Christian and wounding five less than two weeks after the New Year's Day bombing at a church in Alexandria that killed 25 Coptic Christians, according to the state news agency. There were few details on the incident and it was unclear whether the shooting was sectarian related. The state news agency, MENA, quoted an Interior Ministry official as saying a Muslim police officer boarded a Cairo-bound train in the town of Samalut in Minya province and began firing a...
  • Muslims torch Christian homes in southern Egypt

    11/16/2010 3:37:03 PM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 11/16/2010 | SALAH NASRAWI
    CAIRO – Muslims set fire overnight to at least 10 houses belonging to Coptic Christians in a village in southern Egypt over rumors that a Christian resident had an affair with a Muslim girl, security officials said Tuesday. The officials said security forces sealed off the village of al-Nawahid in Qena province, some 290 miles (465 kilometers) south of Cairo, to prevent the violence from spreading to neighboring towns. They said several people were arrested. The attacks started after locals spotted a young Copt and a Muslim girl together at night inside the village cemetery, the officials said. They added...
  • Coptic Organization Warns of Violence Against Copts in Egypt

    10/17/2010 1:46:52 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies
    ASSIST NEWS SERVICE ^ | October 16, 2010 | Jeremy Reynalds
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Saturday, October 16, 2010 Coptic Organization Warns of Violence Against Copts in Egypt By Jeremy Reynalds Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service EGYPT (ANS) -- Coptic Solidarity, a worldwide Coptic human rights organization, has issued an alarming warning. The Oct. 14 statement says that the alarming upsurge of significant anti-Coptic activities over the recent weeks could eventually “degenerate into wholesale violence against the Copts and their spiritual leaders” in the upcoming volatile period of political changes in Egypt. Reporting for the Assyrian International Agency (AINA), Mary Abdelmassih wrote that the National Election for...
  • Egyptian Couple Shot by Muslim Extremists Undaunted in Ministry

    06/10/2010 2:48:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies · 668+ views
    CDN ^ | June 9, 2010
    Left for dead, Christians offer to drop charges if allowed to construct church building. Rasha Samir was sure her husband, Ephraim Shehata, was dead. He was covered with blood, had two bullets inside him and was lying facedown in the dust of a dirt road. Samir was lying on top of him doing her best to shelter him from the onslaught of approaching gunmen. With arms outstretched, the men surrounded Samir and Shehata and pumped off round after round at the couple. Seconds before, Samir could hear her husband mumbling Bible verses... Finally, the gunfire stopped and one of the...
  • COPTIC CHRISTIANS VOICING FRUSTRATION WITH WHITE HOUSE AS PERSECUTION WIDENS...

    05/23/2010 9:01:27 AM PDT · by Cindy · 17 replies · 461+ views
    NYSUN.com - NEW YORK SUN ^ | May 22, 2010 | By YOUSSEF IBRAHMIM, Special to the Sun
    "Coptic Christians Voicing Frustration With White House As Persecution Widens in Egypt" By YOUSSEF IBRAHMIM, Special to the Sun SNIPPET: "The leaders of Coptic Christians, whose community is facing growing persecution in Egypt, say they have been unsuccessful in efforts to gain a hearing from the White House or other parts of the Obama administration." SNIPPET: "They say they are frustrated by the current administration in Washington, particularly after President Obama’s overture to the Muslim world via a speech at Cairo. In the speech Mr. Obama President apologized for America’s misdeeds to Muslims, stating that he came “to seek a...
  • Muslim Egyptian Girl Who Converted to Christianity Subjected to Acid Attack

    04/18/2010 12:54:47 AM PDT · by Cindy · 21 replies · 1,367+ views
    ASSIST NEWS SERVICE ^ | Friday, April 16, 2010 | by dan Wooding
    Note: Photos included. Friday, April 16, 2010 Muslim Egyptian Girl Who Converted to Christianity Subjected to Acid Attack By Dan Wooding Founder of ASSIST Ministries ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT (ANS) -- The Assyrian International News Agency (www.aina.org), is reporting the shocking news that Dina el-Gowhary, a 15-year-old Egyptian Muslim-born girl who converted to Christianity, has been subjected to an acid attack, the latest in a string of failed attempts by Muslim fanatics against her and her father, 57-year-old Peter Athanasius (Maher el-Gowhary), who converted to Christianity 35 years ago. In a story written by Mary Abdelmassih for AINA, several Fatwa's were issued...
  • Islam says: “Happy Orthodox Christmas to You!”

    01/07/2010 7:04:36 AM PST · by Tamar Rush · 5 replies · 360+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | Jan. 07, 2010 | The Last Crusade
    Egypt church attack kills Copts thelastcrusade.com At least five Coptic Christians have been killed in a drive-by shooting outside a church in southern Egypt, officials say. The shooting came as worshippers left the church in Naj Hammadi after a midnight mass on Coptic Christmas Eve. Unidentified gunmen sprayed gunfire indiscriminately into the crowd, officials said. Two Muslims passing the church were among 10 people reportedly injured in the attack. Naj Hammadi is 40 miles (64km) from Luxor, southern Egypt's biggest city. Coptic Christians account for about 10% of the Egypt's population of 80 million. They have complained of harassment...
  • Forced Islamization of Christian Girls Supported By Egyptian State

    12/25/2009 1:32:08 AM PST · by rae4palin · 12 replies · 920+ views
    The phenomenon of abduction, rape and forced Islamization of Christian girls in Egypt was shown for the first time on the Christian TV channel "Life TV", which broadcasts from outside Egypt and has nearly 60 million Arab-speaking viewers in Egypt and around the world. ... Ingy Adel, now 16, was abducted at the age of 12 on her way to school by being anaesthetized and bundled into a car. "I was taken into a room by a man called Sultan, who tied my hands behind my back and raped me," said Ingy. Four men followed Sultan in raping her, "I...