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  • Egypt: Christians attacked and homes burned by Muslim mob over rumored church building

    06/25/2016 9:55:33 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 06/21/16 | Florence Taylor
    Christian homes and property have been attacked by a Muslim mob in Egypt over rumours a house under construction was being turned into a church. A large group of Muslims gathered around the house, owned by Coptic Christian Naim Aziz, in Qarayat al Bayda village near Alexandria after Friday prayers on June 17, chanting: "By no means shall there be a church here". "A great deal of fanatic Muslims gathered in front of the new house of my cousin, Naim Aziz, during its construction because of a rumour spread in the village that this building would be turned into a...
  • Muslim Mob Torches 80 Christian Homes in Egypt as Punishment for Wanting to Build Church

    06/22/2016 8:39:10 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/21/2016 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A Muslim mob torched and looted the homes of 80 Christian families in the Al-Beida village in Egypt, looking to punish them for wanting to turn one of the buildings in the village into a church so they can worship. One witness, Christian resident Mousa Zarif, recalled the events: "On Friday afternoon, following Friday noon prayer, a great deal of fanatic Muslims gathered in the front of the new house of my cousin, Naim Aziz, during its construction because of a rumor spread in the village that this building would be turned into a church."
  • Islamic extremists attack Christian village in Egypt, burn 80 homes

    06/21/2016 5:00:32 PM PDT · by Fali_G · 27 replies
    The Foreign Desk ^ | 06/21/2016 | Lisa Daftari
    A mob of over a thousand Islamic extremists attacked a Christian village destroying property and setting the homes of over 80 families ablaze over rumors that a Coptic man was converting a home into a church. The attacks, which took place Friday in Egypt’s Qaryat Al-Bayda village, near Alexandria, left two Copts seriously injured and resulted in thousands of dollars worth of damage, according to a Coptic activist. "A great deal of fanatic Muslims gathered in front of the new house of my cousin," Mousa Zarif, a Christian who witnessed the events, told Christian advocacy group International Christian Concern.
  • Vatican ecumenism forsakes Egypt’s Christian minorities

    06/16/2016 8:25:05 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/16/16 | Dr. Ashraf Ramelah
    Vatican’s ecumenism comes at the expense of Egypt’s human rights Pope Francis, who is “building bridges to build peace” around the world, has naturally reached out to embrace Sunni Muslims. Last month, for the first time after years of Vatican silence, Pope Francis summoned to his private library in Rome grand imam Ahmed El-Tayeb of Cairo’s Al-Ahzar Mosque Institute. Absent a press release before this event, the Pope was quoted as saying, “this meeting is the message” – leading all to dwell on the meaning and purpose of their 25 minutes together. Christians, especially Egyptian Coptic Christians, have observed the...
  • Will Egypt's Copts Get to Build More Churches?

    06/14/2016 6:27:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AL Monitor ^ | 6/9/16 | Rania Rabeaa Elabd
    The draft law on the construction of churches has renewed the crisis that has existed between the ruling regimes and the Copts in Egypt since the Ottoman era. Over the years, Egypt’s Christians have requested the state to promulgate a law governing the construction of houses of worship, regulating the building of mosques for Muslims and churches for Christians, in light of the challenges in obtaining permission to build new churches, despite the growing Christian population. A law was issued on Oct. 17, 2001, governing only the construction of mosques, with no mention of the building of churches. In Egypt,...
  • Pope Francis Wants More Dialogue With Islam. Is Egypt the Key?

    02/25/2016 4:36:44 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/25/16 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Vatican City, Feb 25, 2016 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Pope Francis, dialogue with Islam is a core issue. He recently voiced hopes to meet a major Sunni leader: the Grand Imam of al-Azhar Mosque, Ahmed el-Tayeb. "I want to meet him. I know that he would like it," the Pope said during his Feb. 18 in-flight press conference. The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, headed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, is reaching out to al-Azhar Mosque. "We are looking for the way, always through Cardinal Tauran because it is the path, but we will achieve it," Pope Francis said...
  • I'm a Muslim and I love you: Egypt-born man to Trump

    02/22/2016 10:00:26 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 7 replies
    timesofindia.indiatimes.com ^ | Feb 22, 2016, 10.27 AM IST | Reuters
    I'm a Muslim & I love you: Egypt-born man to Trump Reuters | Feb 22, 2016, 10.27 AM IST Elhamy Ibrahim, 62, is a Muslim who does not like very many other Muslims these days, but loves Donald Trump. The Egyptian-born businessman who came to the United States in 1981 and became a citizen two decades later said in an interview on Friday that he was alarmed by changes in Egypt, where, in his view, high unemployment and poverty have driven many young Egyptians to religious extremism. He strongly backs Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the US until...
  • Egypt Church Marks 1st Anniversary of Beheading of 21 Christians

    02/16/2016 9:52:49 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    BosNewsLife ^ | 2/15/16 | Alexander McDonald and Stefan Bos
    Egypt's embattled Coptic community on Monday, February 15, marked the one year since video surfaced of the murder of 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians on a beach in Libya. The men were marched in orange suits across the beach, forced to kneel and then were beheaded by Islamic State group militants. The Christians, who went to Libya as construction workers to support their families, were seen saying their last prayers. As the blade came to their neck they all cried in unison "Ya Rabbi Yasou" or 'O My Lord Jesus', according to a video and Christian experts familiar with the situation....
  • Egypt Military Restoring Churches Destroyed Following Morsi's Ouster

    02/08/2016 9:53:19 AM PST · by NRx · 11 replies
    AINA ^ | 02-07-2016 | Sherry El Gergawi
    After Egypt President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi apologised for not finishing the reconstruction work of Christian properties damaged in the aftermath of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi's ouster in 2013, the engineering unit of the Armed Forces immediately started cooperating with Coptic authorities to wrap up the pending renovations, religious Coptic figures said. While visiting Cairo's St. Mark Cathedral on Christmas Eve, El-Sisi apologised to the country's Christians over the delay in the completion of renovations, which he says will be done by the end of 2016.The churches undergoing renovation were attacked in August 2013 on the day of the dispersals of pro-Morsi...
  • Report: Media Give Gorilla Death 6 Times More Coverage Than ISIS Beheadings of Christians

    06/07/2016 2:42:03 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Jun 2016 | Thomas D. Williams
    A new study by the Media Research Center (MRC) has revealed that mainstream media devoted some six times as much air time to covering the recent death of Harambe the gorilla than they did to the gruesome Islamic State decapitation of 21 Coptic Christians on a Libyan beach last year. On Saturday, May 28, security officials shot a gorilla named Harambe to protect a three-year-old boy who'd fallen into the pen at the Cincinnati Zoo. In the five days that followed the animal’s death, the three major networks devoted a total of 1 hour, 28 minutes and 17 seconds to...
  • Mob Attacks Christian Woman, Torches 7 Homes in Egyptian Province

    05/26/2016 10:42:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Thursday, 26 May 2016
    A mob ransacked and torched seven Christian homes in a province south of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, after rumors spread that a Christian man had an affair with a Muslim woman, according to a statement by the local Orthodox Coptic church. Released late Wednesday, it said that during the May 20 attack, the mother of the Christian man, who had fled the village, was publicly stripped of her clothes by the mob to humiliate her.
  • Martyrs in Orange: One Year Later Coptic Orthodox Church Observes Feast Day of 21 Christians

    02/22/2016 9:41:49 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 7 replies
    sojo.net ^ | 02-15-2016 | Ryan Hammill
    But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him. -2 Corinthians 2:14 The men in black uniforms stand behind their prisoners, who kneel on the beach. The kneeling men wear bright orange jumpsuits. The men wearing black, terrorists affiliated with ISIS, hold knives. A subtitle on the video reads: “The people of the cross, the followers of the hostile Egyptian church.” The spokesman addresses the camera, and then the prisoners are beheaded. It has been one year since ISIS released that...
  • 1 Year Ago: 21 Orange-Jumpsuited Egyptian Copts Kneeling on a Libyan Beach: Who Was In Control?

    02/11/2016 5:46:59 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 9 replies
    Wikipedia ^ | 2/11/2016 | Charles O'Connell
    Those who can watch the video saw the 21 orange jumpsuited men mouthing ONE WORD: "Isa" Muslims also say Isa. They say that "Isa" will return at the end of the world to break all the crosses and kill all the pigs. Pigs HE created. Isa appears to many innocent Muslims; an estimated 6 million convert to Isa each year despite the threat of death. To some of them, Isa doesn't say His Own NAME, but they still know Who He IS.A detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came [to the garden of Gesthemane] with...
  • Directive 11: Obama's Secret Islamist Plan

    12/20/2015 8:41:50 PM PST · by Ray76 · 64 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | Jun 7, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Behind the rise of ISIS, the Libyan Civil War, the unrest in Egypt, Yemen and across the region may be a single classified document.That document is Presidential Study Directive 11.You can download Presidential Study Directive 10 on “Preventing Mass Atrocities” from the White House website, but as of yet no one has been able to properly pry number 11 out of Obama Inc.Presidential Study Directive 10, in which Obama asked for non-military options for stopping genocide, proved to be a miserable failure. The Atrocities Prevention Board’s only use was as a fig leaf for a policy that had caused the...
  • Egypt Will Begin Construction of Church Dedicated to ISIS Martyrs

    10/10/2015 12:25:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | 10/10/15 | Thomas D. Williams Ph.D.
    In the coming days, construction will commence on a new church in Egypt dedicated to the martyred Coptic Christians beheaded by the Islamic State in Libya in February.The new church, bearing the name “Church of the Libyan Martyrs,” will be built in the Minya Governorate, south of the capital, Cairo. The church will cost $1.3 million, half of which has already been raised.Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi granted permission for the construction of the church last February after Islamic State militants murdered 21 Coptic Christians on a Libyan beach.According to Father Rafic Greiche, spokesman for the Catholic Church in Egypt,...
  • Work on church honouring [sic] murdered Egyptian Copts to begin in days

    10/02/2015 11:54:48 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Daily News Egypt ^ | 09-29-2015 | Emir Nader
    Work will begin in the coming days in Minya on a church that was planned to honour the deaths of 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians who died in a brutal sectarian attack by militants in Libya earlier this year. Plans and licences for the ‘Church of the Martyrs’ have been finalised to begin the work, head of the Samalout municipality in Minya said, as reported by MENA state news. Major General Gamal Mubaral Qinawy confirmed that the church will be built in the village of Al-Awar, in the district of Samalout. Qinawy said that work on the construction of the church...
  • How the Islamic World was Forged [History of Why Christians Defect to Islam]

    09/01/2015 10:47:10 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 21 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 8/31/2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    What made non-Muslims convert to Islam, leading to the creation of the Islamic world? Early historical sources—both Muslim and non-Muslim—make clear that the Islamic empire was forged by the sword; that people embraced Islam, not so much out of sincere faith, but for a myriad of reasons—from converting in order to enjoy the boons of being on the “winning team” to converting in order to evade the dooms of being on the “losing team.” Modern day Muslims and other apologists—primarily in academia, government, and mainstream media—reject this idea. They argue that the non-Muslims who embraced Islam did so from sheer...
  • A scholar in the desert {Hagarism: the origins of Islam} - Patricia Crone

    08/07/2015 12:18:56 AM PDT · by Cronos · 25 replies
    The Economist ^ | 1 August 2015 | the Economist
    ISLAM arose with remarkable speed and mystery. Patricia Crone’s well-stocked mind, clear prose and unflinching intellectual honesty were devoted to explaining why. She had little time for Islam’s own accounts of its origins: “debris” as far as historians were concerned, and hopelessly inconsistent. Far better, she reckoned, to fill the gap with contemporary sources and knowledge of other cultures, from messianic Maoris to Icelanders. That required both personal and intellectual bravery. The central beliefs of Islam, such as the way the Koran took shape, the life of Muhammad and Islam’s relations with other religions, are sensitive subjects. Outside scrutiny can...
  • Egypt: Terrified Christians flee homes following blasphemy accusations

    06/09/2015 2:05:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 6/8/15 | Robert Spencer
    The comfortable, suburban Christians who are sitting in their armchairs and tut-tutting at us for being so uncharitable as to hold a Muhammad cartoon contest should take careful note of this. Islamic law asserts authority over non-Muslims. To send the signal that we will submit to Sharia blasphemy laws regarding drawing Muhammad, even if we are doing so out of a misguided sense of “respect,” will only embolden Islamic supremacists to make more demands. The endpoint of these demands is shown in this incident in Egypt. These comfortable, suburban Christians in the West are ensuring a future of harassment, persecution,...
  • Egyptian youths face trial for ‘insulting Islam’ by making fun of ISIS

    05/09/2015 9:34:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 9, 2015 | Steven Edwards
    Four Egyptian kids who dared make fun of ISIS in a harmless video are headed for trial along with their teacher on charges of “insulting Islam,” after their Muslim neighbors got hold of the footage and went to police. Aged between 15 and 16, the youths could face up to five years in a youth detention center—while the teacher would serve any sentence he receives in prison—if the court finds them guilty of violating Egypt’s blasphemy law, Egypt-focused activists say. Egyptian Christian and civil rights groups are leading calls for their release, but the five—members of the Coptic community that...
  • Exposed: Egypt’s Institutionalized Persecution of Coptic Christians

    05/06/2015 2:03:17 PM PDT · by detective · 4 replies
    Human Events ^ | May 6, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    In a 25-minute interview on Arabic satellite TV with Dr. Mona Roman, Coptic Christian Bishop Agathon fully exposed the plight of his Christian flock in Minya, Egypt—a region that has a large Coptic minority that is steadily under attack.
  • laughter On The Beach: ISIS Behead And Shoot Ethiopian Christians In Sickening New Propaganda Video

    04/19/2015 10:28:50 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    Daily Mail(UK) ^ | April 19, 2015 | LYDIA WILLGRESS
    Slaughter On The Beach: ISIS Behead And Shoot Ethiopian Christians In Sickening New Propaganda Video Video seems to show militants in Libya holding one group of at least 16 captive on a beach and 12 others in a desert Before the killings a masked fighter in black brandishes a pistol as he vows to kill Christians if they do not convert Ethiopia unable to confirm its citizens were killed by militants in the footage but condemned the 'atrocious act' It comes two months after 21 Egyptian Christians were beheaded by extremists in a similar video from Libya By LYDIA WILLGRESS...
  • ISIS Claims Slaughter Of Christians In Libya Again [Obama's Evil JV-Team At Work!]

    04/19/2015 9:35:04 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    CBSNews ^ | April 19, 2015
    April 19, 2015 ISIS Claims Slaughter Of Christians In Libya Again Displaced Sunni people, who fled the violence in the city of Ramadi, arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad, April 17, 2015 CAIRO - A video released by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Sunday appears to show the killing of two different groups of captured Ethiopian Christians by the extremist group's Libyan affiliates. The 29-minute online video purports to show militants holding two groups of captives. It says one group is held by an ISIS affiliate in eastern Libya known as Barka Province and the other...
  • Boko Haram Adopts ISIS' Bloody Religious Cleansing Strategy [EVIL Spreads, World Ignores!]

    04/19/2015 9:39:11 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    FoxNews ^ | April 19, 2015 | Steve Dorsey
    Boko Haram Adopts ISIS' Bloody Religious Cleansing Strategy By Steve Dorsey April 19, 2015 The Islamic militant group Boko Haram is adopting ISIS' bloody strategy of stamping out Christianity with a frightening fervor, putting Nigeria's 70 million followers of Jesus in danger for their lives, fearful human rights advocates say. Boko Haram leaders vowed their formal allegiance to IS in an audio message in Arabic posted to Twitter last month, according to intelligence analysts. The militant group has launched murderous rampages across northeastern Nigeria, and into neighboring Chad, Cameroon and Niger. In an attack April 7, Islamist extremists disguised themselves...
  • Slaughter on the beach: ISIS behead and shoot Ethiopian Christians

    04/19/2015 12:58:15 PM PDT · by NRx · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 04-19-2015 | Lydia Willgress
    The 29-minute video, titled 'Until It Came To Them - Clear Evidence', shows dozens of militants holding two separate groups captive, thought to be in the south and the west of the country. At least 16 men, described by Islamic State as the 'followers of the cross from the enemy Ethiopian Church', are lined up and shot in a desert area while 12 others are filmed being forced to walk down a beach before being beheaded.
  • Egypt Roars for Its Christians: ‘They Have a Shield’

    03/07/2015 8:10:46 AM PST · by Dqban22 · 8 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | Feb 20, 2015 | PETER JESSERER SMITH
    Egypt Roars for Its Christians: ‘They Have a Shield’ Egyptian society and its government have rallied in defense of the Copts, but the White House has declined to support Egypt’s military actions in defense of its citizens. http://m.ncregister.com/daily-news/egypt-roars-for-its-christians-they-have-a-shield/#.VOgHo4Y8Kc0
  • World View: Reports Indicate Egypt, Italy, Russia Planning Military Action in Libya

    03/02/2015 11:47:56 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/01/2015 | by John J. Xenakis
    This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com •Reports indicate Egypt, Italy, Russia planning military action in Libya •Egypt court declares Hamas to be a terrorist organization •Egypt and Turkey may try to create a ‘Sunni front’ with Saudi Arabia Various unconfirmed reports are emerging indicating that there may be joint international action planned in Libya as early as next week. Egypt is already conducting air strikes against ISIS-linked targets in Derna, close to where Egyptian Coptics were massacred recently,... Al-Jazeera television reports that the Italian navy is getting ready to carry off sophisticated military drills off the coast of Libya as...
  • Egypt goes to war on ISIS, masses troops against Islamist Libyan stronghold at Darnah

    02/28/2015 6:21:11 AM PST · by Diogenesis · 26 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | February 28, 2015
    "Egypt goes to war on ISIS, masses troops against Islamist Libyan stronghold at Darnah" Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi has deployed his troops for all-out war on ISIS strongholds in Libya, the first Arab ruler to challenge the Islamists in a fellow Arab country .... Our Washington sources report that the Obama administration’s planned spring campaign to free Iraqi Mosul from the Islamic State’s occupation is stuck in the sand. Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike accuse the president of having no clear war strategy and of holding back from the US-led coalition the fighting manpower necessary for a successful operation. .......
  • More than 25,000 Egyptians flee Libya after beheadings of Christian compatriots

    02/27/2015 11:34:55 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Times of Oman ^ | 2-27-2015 | AFP AND REUTERS
    More than 25,000 Egyptians have returned from neighbouring Libya since the IS group posted a video earlier this month of the beheadings of Christian compatriots, the foreign ministry said on Friday. Also on Friday, Libya's internationally recognised Prime Minister Abdullah Al Thinni threatened new air strikes with Egypt against the IS group in his country, warning that the militants were poised to widen their presence there. Al Thinni also said that his government would stop dealing with Turkey as it was sending weapons to a rival group in Tripoli so "the Libyan people kill each other", ramping up his rhetoric...
  • Ted Cruz Bashes Obama for Calling 21 Coptic Christians Beheaded by ISIS 'Egyptian Citizens'

    02/27/2015 7:44:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/27/2015 | Samuel Smith
    National Harbor, Md.– Speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, Texas Senator and potential 2016 presidential candidate, Ted Cruz, bashed President Barack Obama for labeling the the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by the Islamic State in mid-February as "Egyptian citizens." Cruz also attacked the Obama administration for continuously ignoring the fact that most of today's international terror troubles are caused by "radical Islamic terrorists." Cruz asserted that America needs a leader that will not just identify the radical Islamic threat from groups like the Islamic State but also protect the liberty of international Christians. "When 21 Coptic...
  • A Message in Blood: ISIS and the Meaning of the Cross

    02/26/2015 2:36:56 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 26, 2015 | Fr. Robert Barron
    When Christians boldly hold up an image of the humiliated, tortured Jesus to the world, they are saying: "We are not afraid.” (Photos: CNS) Last week, the attention of the world was riveted to a deserted beach in northern Libya, where a group of twenty one Coptic Christians were brutally beheaded by masked operatives of the ISIS movement. In the wake of the executions, ISIS released a gruesome video entitled “A Message in Blood to the Nation of the Cross.” I suppose that for the ISIS murderers the reference to “the Nation of the Cross” had little sense beyond a...
  • Islamic State: Egypt wakes up—when will America and Russia?

    02/25/2015 10:30:43 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/25/15 | David Singer
    America and Russia must both be brain dead in ignoring Islamic State's increasing threat to their vital respective interests in the Middle East Whilst the American—led coalition continues its largely ineffectual air strikes in Iraq and Syria—Islamic State has spread its barbaric tentacles into Libya with alarming rapidity. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for: Attacking Tripoli’s downtown luxury hotel in January - the Corinthian - which left 11 dead The brutal mass beheading of 21 Egyptian Christian Copts A multi-pronged suicide attack that killed at least 45 people in the town al Qubbah in Libya’s east. Seizing the university in...
  • Martyred Copts Witnessed Their Faith, and Courage

    02/24/2015 7:28:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/24/2015
    The last words out of their mouths were “Lord Jesus Christ.” Samuel Tadros is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom and the author of the book Motherland Lost: The Egyptian and Coptic Quest for Modernity. He talks with NRO’s Kathryn Jean Lopez about the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians killed on February 14 in Libya by ISIS and about the future of Christianity in Egypt and the region. Kathryn Jean Lopez: What is the most important thing for Americans to know about what happened to those 21 Coptic Christians a little over a week ago? Samuel...
  • Up Close and Personal with the Families of the 21 Beheaded Copts (Family Faith)

    02/23/2015 1:45:02 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 20, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The 21 Egyptian men who were kidnapped and eventually beheaded on a beach in Libya knew they were living in danger. But they felt they had little choice other than to sojourn in the tumultuous country in order to send money home to their impoverished families. Many went with a sense that God would look over them. Now, their families are in greater poverty, knowing the men will never come home. The World Post’s Middle East correspondent Sophia Jones visited grieving families in the village of Al Aour, about three hours south of Cairo, where 13 of the men...
  • Coptic church formally recognizes martyrdom of 21 slain by ISIS

    02/22/2015 1:14:45 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | February 22, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    The stunning icon here depicts the martyrs and was created by Egyptian American artist Tony Rezk. It appears on the website for the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles. From Vatican Radio:  The Coptic Orthodox Church has announced that the murder of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by the so-called Islamic State in Libya will be commemorated in its Church calendar.Pope Tawadros II announced that the names of the martyrs will be inserted into the Coptic Synaxarium, the Oriental Church’s equivalent to the Roman Martyrology. This procedure is also equivalent to canonization in the Latin Church.According to terrasanta.net, the martyrdom of the...
  • Coptic Christians another group for ISIS to kill and Obama to ignore

    02/21/2015 10:45:40 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/21/15 | Ed Wood
    ISIS has released a videotape of the public beheading of twenty-one Coptic Christians somewhere along the coast of Libya. I hate to admit it, but I didn’t even know what a Coptic Christian was. So I looked it up. “Coptic” means “Egyptian” and Christians living in Egypt identify themselves as Coptic Christians. Pretty simple. Copts were organized between A.D. 42 – A.D. 62 and consider John Mark, the author of the Gospel of Mark, to be their founder. Over the years, Egypt fell under the colonial rule of Italy which demanded loyalty to Roman rulers. The Copts refused to show...
  • Canada considers taking fight against ISIS to Libya, Syria

    02/21/2015 7:56:44 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 21 replies
    CBC ^ | February 21, 2015
    Defence Minister Jason Kenney has indicated the government is not ruling out taking Canada's military mission against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group beyond Iraq — to Syria and Libya. Evan Solomon, host of CBC Radio's The House, asked Kenney about participating in missions in those countries. "Well, we're going to look at all of the options," Kenney said an interview broadcast Saturday. "Obviously there are practical limits to our ability to operate around the world, but we will look at our options to see where we can have the most impact, where we're most needed," he...
  • Egypt's Coptic Catholics Consecrate First Church in Sinai

    02/20/2015 5:56:28 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 19, 2015 | OLIVER MAKSAN
    Against Backdrop of ISIS Beheadings, Egypt's Coptic Catholics Consecrate First Church in Sinai Bishop says Church strengthened by martyrdom of its brothers. NEW YORK (Feb. 19, 2015)—"The Church in Egypt has been strengthened by the murder of our brothers in Libya." Such was the reaction by Coptic Catholic Bishop Youssef Aboul-Kheir of Sohag to the beheading of 21 Orthodox Coptic men in Libya by ISIS. The guest workers in Libya "suffered a holy death with prayers on their lips. They went to their deaths just like the early Christians,” the bishop told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in...
  • PENTAGON REFUSES TO BACK EGYPTIAN BOMBING OF ISIS IN LIBYA AFTER CHRISTIAN SLAUGHTER

    02/19/2015 10:34:49 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 57 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 19, 2015 | By Edwin Mora
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration refuses to back Egypt’s attacks against the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL), which were launched after the jihadist group savagely beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians. On Wednesday, a reporter asked Rear Adm. John Kirby, the outgoing Pentagon press secretary, “Do you support Egypt’s right to bomb ISIS targets in the wake of the Christian Coptics being killed?” “We aren’t taking a position here in the Pentagon on these recent strikes by Egypt…we weren’t notified ahead of time. We didn’t participate or support them in any way, and we’re not taking a position on it,” said the press...
  • Copts beheaded in Libya, Copt burned alive in Egypt

    02/19/2015 10:06:55 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/19/15 | Dr. Ashraf Ramelah
    Egypt leads the world against terror Once again, tragedy strikes the Coptic community with the brutal murders of twenty-one Christian Copts in Libya. Living under constant threat of a hate-driven and blood-thirsty Islam, Copts of Egypt have learned to expect anything at any time, and mourners go about the streets. A few days ago a young Coptic man was burned alive in the province of Al-Minya. Muslims harassed and targeted this youth in the heart of a peaceful village hoping to spark the retaliation of Copts in order to trigger destabilization of the region. But Copts have not reacted, waiting...
  • Egypt strikes back, but how far will ISIS fight go?

    02/18/2015 8:29:24 PM PST · by Randall_S · 10 replies
    Voice of the Copts ^ | February 18, 2015 | Eman El-Shenawi
    Vowing to “avenge Egyptian blood,” Egypt’s military forces on Monday unleashed abrupt-yet-foreseeable airstrikes on ISIS targets in Libya. The early-morning bombing came as a rapid response to ISIS’ release of a gruesome video showing the execution of 21 Coptic Christian hostages, who had reportedly been held hostage since January. Egypt is currently not part of the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition striking militant targets in Iraq and Syria since August 2014, but events in Libya and a militant insurgency in the Sinai may force President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to ramp up his plan of action. Is Egypt’s aerial campaign a quick, jabbing...
  • Pope Francis and the Copts Blood and ecumenism

    02/18/2015 6:33:55 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    The Economist ^ | 2/17/15 | B.C.
    IT IS an almost provocative way of looking at things, but one that the pope has adopted several times. It came up yesterday when he was speaking to a delegation from Scotland about the 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt who were recently murdered by Islamist terrorists. According to Vatican Radio, he said: The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard...It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants. They are Christians! Their blood is one and the same. Their blood confesses Christ. Today the pope followed this by...
  • Victory over ISIS found in last words uttered by Christians

    02/17/2015 8:32:10 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/17/15 | Judi McLeod
    "Ya Yassou'a" -- Oh Jesus!" The blood of the innocents turned the sea red when ISIS slaughtered 21 Coptic Christians on a lonely Libyan beach on Feb. 15, 2015, but that should never be allowed to stand as the end of their story. In the ongoing horrific rampage of ISIS Islamic terrorists, those slaughtered all for being Christian are forgotten as soon as YouTube proof of the newly slaughtered begins going viral on the Internet. This time the blood of innocents turned the sea red when hiding-behind-face-masks ISIS terrorists slaughtered 21 Coptic Christians on a beach. Still, sensationalizing news outlets...
  • “Their blood confesses Christ”: Pope Francis on the murder of Egyptian Christians by ISIS *UPDATED*

    02/17/2015 2:31:54 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 16, 2015 | Catherine Harmon
    A screen shot from a video released by Islamic State militants on Feb. 15. “They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians. … The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard.” Pope Francis responded today to the news that 21 Egyptian Christians have been beheaded by Islamic State militants. “Their blood confesses Christ,” the Holy Father said to a visiting delegation representing the Church of Scotland. “The martyrs belong to all Christians.” On Sunday, ISIS released a graphic video showing the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians on...
  • Why Can't White House Just Say ISIS Beheaded Christians?

    02/17/2015 3:38:48 PM PST · by raptor22 · 49 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 17, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    errorism: As in Paris, where the White House insists four Jews in a kosher market were randomly selected for slaughter, the statement condemning IS beheading 21 Egyptians omits a key fact: all were Christians. Speaking of the Chapel Hill, N.C., murder of three Muslims, President Obama, as his FBI began an investigation into whether it was a "hate crime," issued a statement saying that "no one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like or how they worship." Indeed not. Yet, we could find no such sentiment or statement...
  • Libyan ambassador: International pullout after fall of Qaddafi allowed ISIS to 'get strong'

    02/17/2015 10:42:10 AM PST · by McGruff · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 17, 2015
    The international community’s loss of interest in Libya after the fall of former ruler Muammar Qaddafi created the vacuum that allowed ISIS “to get strong,” its ambassador to the United Nations told Fox News Tuesday, following the release of an ISIS video in which 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians were beheaded on Libyan beaches. But in the meantime, the “most important thing right now is to lift the arms embargo on Libya so that the national army has the means to battle Daesh (the Arabic name for ISIS/Islamic State),” Dabbashi told Fox News.
  • WH Refuses to Call BEHEADING Victims Christians; Egypt launches airstrikes for Christian beheadings

    02/17/2015 5:47:15 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 28 replies
    Pamela Geller.Com ^ | 2/17/2015 | Pamela Geller
    Video and more photos available at website.) While the White House REFUSES to call 21 beheading victims CHRISTIANS in a statement about the Islamic State attack, Egypt is avenging the savage slaughter of Egyptian Christians. Obama is more hardcore Islamic than most Muslim countries now. Obama is every non-Muslim’s nightmare living under the sharia. Obama is every non-Muslim’s nightmare living under the sharia. Statement by the Obama’s Press Secretary on the Murder of Egyptian Citizens: The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of twenty-one Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists. We offer our condolences to the families...
  • Pope Francis: The blood of Christians slaughtered in Libya “a testimony that cries out” to the world

    02/16/2015 6:46:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 16, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    Call this a contrast of leadership. In a meeting today with a delegation from the Church of Scotland, who traveled to the Vatican on an ecumenical visit, Pope Francis decried the slaughter of 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt by Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Speaking in his native Spanish, the pontiff used the ecumenical audience of Presbyterians to declare that the Copts were martyred for their faith — the faith of all Christians. They died “only because they confessed Christ,” Pope Francis emphasized, and their “testimony cries out to be heard”: I would now like to turn to...
  • Egyptian planes pound ISIS in Libya in revenge for mass beheadings of Christians

    02/16/2015 4:58:23 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    Egyptian warplanes struck hard at ISIS militants in neighboring Libya, killing as many as 64 militants and destroying the Islamist terror group's training camps and weapons caches a day after a sickening video surfaced showing black-clad jihadists beheading 21 Coptic Christians. The strikes came in two waves after Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi went on national television in the world's most populous Arab nation and vowed revenge was coming. The address was followed by the airing of military video showing the planes taking off for the mission and an Armed Forces General Command statement saying the strikes were "to avenge...
  • Rev. Graham:‘Imagine the Outcry if 21 Muslims Had Been Beheaded by Christians? The Storm is Coming’

    02/16/2015 1:40:24 PM PST · by Kartographer · 71 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/16/15 | Michael W. Chapman
    Rev. Graham: ‘Imagine the Outcry if 21 Muslims Had Been Beheaded by Christians? … The Storm is Coming’ February 16, 2015 - 2:33 PM By Michael W. Chapman Subscribe to Michael W. Chapman RSS Follow Michael W. Chapman on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More Sharing Services 102 The Islamic State beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians over the weekend, propping the severed heads on the victims’ backs, a barbaric slaughter that led Reverend Franklin Graham to ask, “Can you imagine the outcry if 21 Muslims had been beheaded by Christians?” “Where is the universal condemnation by Muslim leaders around...