Throughout the Middle East we're seeing the quick removal of ancient Christian communities…


Christians flee from coming Islamic law

Muslim overthrow of African nations leaves Copts terrified (WND)

As Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood declares its intent to institute Islamic law, intelligence sources report al-Qaida is staging attacks in the Middle East nation, prompting concern that Coptic Christians soon will be driven from their homeland.

International Christian Concern’s Aidan Clay says the Copts’ attitude has gone from uncertainty to fear, which is driving many Coptic Christians to try to leave Egypt.

“A report from a very prominent Copt says he’s getting hundreds of calls a week from Coptic Christians who are trying to get out of the country,” Clay told WND in an interview. “That’s an extremely sad thing considering we’re seeing that throughout the Middle East. We’re seeing the quick removal of ancient Christian communities. Egypt has the highest Christian population of any country and a very old Christian church there.”

Clay blames the increasing pressure on the growing political influence of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic groups.


“So really, there is a fear that the Muslim Brotherhood could take power,” he said. “It’s the same with the Salafis. They’re now saying they’re willing to run for Parliament.”

The International Christian Concern analyst was referring to a recent report on Vatican Radio that said the long-restricted Salafist group is planning to form a political party and run candidates for Egypt’s Parliament.

“In the past, Mubarak had a very hard hand on these extreme, fundamentalist, ultra-conservative groups. They were not allowed to run for government in any way,” Clay commented. “But the Muslim Brotherhood had some influence and were able to get some votes.”

Clay said that even though the groups were kept under control, they’ve long had the Christians in their sights.

“These were the groups responsible for the major terrorist attacks against the Christians. They may even be responsible for the New Year’s Eve attack against the church in Alexandria,” Clay asserted. “Mubarak of course blamed an outside al-Qaeda group for the attack. The Copts don’t buy that; they think it was it was an excuse by Mubarak to not to have to deal with the turmoil inside of Egypt.”

The issue for Copts, as Clay explained, is that both groups have promised some form of Islamic government, which would put restrictions on the Christians in Egypt.

Coptic Christians demonstrated against Islamic law, or Shariah, and voiced support for an entirely secular state in Egypt. Clay said the desire for a secular government will likely go unheeded.

“They’re not going to get far in demanding a secular constitution, especially if the Brotherhood gains a lot of influence in the September elections,” he said. “The Brotherhood will slowly gain control and they’ll gain seats by using democracy to their advantage.”

Clay’s assessment is in line with a recently published Heritage Foundation report on Egypt’s political future and the status of the Coptic Christians.

The report analyzes the constitutional amendments Egyptians voted for with a 77-percent majority in the March referendum and claims the referendum only presented the “illusion of progress.” The report also describes the Muslim Brotherhood’s involvement in the vote.

“It’s simply bad news for Egyptians who want a total transformation of the political status quo,” the paper stated. “The Muslim Brotherhood and members of the ruling National Democratic Party were the main supporters of the military-backed referendum.”

The position paper also observes that groups that wielded power at the time had an advantage:

“The new amendments give an advantage to these well-organized and well-financed groups over newly established democratic political parties. This is likely to lead to political setbacks for liberal democrats, secular pluralists and especially religious minorities,” the paper added.

“Opponents of this referendum, including the Copts, condemn its ability to foster a truly democratic system of government that protects religious liberty,” the paper said.

One of the amendments approved will allow for the establishment of an Egyptian legal code based on Shariah.

Egypt’s Coptic community unanimously opposed the amendment, and International Christian Union President Joseph Hakim says Coptic opposition is understandable.

“Anytime Shariah law is created in a government like that, it is created so that it will delete any other religion,” Hakim explained. “As we know over the years, Islam cannot really live with any other religion, especially when it’s controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida or the Wahhabi.”

Hakim says that what’s happening in Egypt is a natural result of Muslims exerting control. He also says that the West doesn’t understand the dynamic of Muslims flexing their muscles.

“So the crisis in Egypt is normal. It’s what’s expected,” Hakim asserted. “The Western World never really sees things or has enough knowledge about what radical Islam is.”

Hakim attributes Mubarak’s removal from power to the Muslim Brotherhood and believes the Libyan uprising also is Brotherhood inspired.

“Even what’s going on in Libya is the Muslim Brotherhood, and the worst is yet to come if it goes into Syria because of the Muslim Brotherhood,” Hakim observed. “I’m not saying the Syrian regime is great, but the present regime is saving the minorities. Once the regime in Syria changes, the minorities will go down the tubes like they’ve done in Iraq and like they’re doing in Egypt right now.”

Hakim also believes that if the situation in Egypt doesn’t change, there could be “a huge civil war.”

“In Egypt it’s not going to happen that easily because there are approximately 14 million Christians over there,” Hakim said. “That’s where the problem is, and I don’t think this administration is ever going to do anything to save the Christians in the Middle East.

“In Egypt the Christians are in a very terrible condition, and it’s going to get worse and worse. I see a civil war, or a religious war against the Christians, and it’s going to happen very soon,” Hakim claimed.

Only people with weapons can fight wars. The Copts have nothing to defend themselves with. Hakim is wrong. What will happen is a genocide against the Christians, and it’s going to happen very soon.

6 thoughts on “Throughout the Middle East we're seeing the quick removal of ancient Christian communities…”

  1. The Muslims in Australia must be stripped of their citizenship and deported to their sharia compliant countries in order to make room for the much persecuted Christians of the Middle East(Egypt, Syria and Iraq). These Christians will make for better and loyal citizens and will be an asset for Australia

  2. Agree with Gerald alll Coptic’s are welcome in Australia as far as I am cocerned and all other Christians fleeing the death of Islam any one that is escaping the evil of Islam is welcome.

  3. If Copts knew their rights in islam … they would seek islamic law … and haram animals would fly overhead.

    Brotherhood: We want Islamic legislation, don’t seek parliament majority

    [“The Muslim Brotherhood aims to apply Islamic legislation and we don’t seek an alternative. If Copts knew their rights in Islam, they would seek the application of Islamic law,” said Sobhi Saleh, a leading Muslim Brotherhood (MB) member in a symposium called “Egypt Post Revolution.” The event was held Friday in the city of Qafr al-Dawar in Beheira Governorate.]

  4. on our most solemn of public holidays – Anzax Day – we had our fellow Australians marching for these murderers.

    I am disgusted with them. How can they send fellow Christians to their death by supporting these murderers in detention centres. They are all traitors to Australia and they offend our Christian God.

    I cannot believe they support these evil bastards and I hpoe one day they will pay for it. Send the traitors back to the Taliband and let them fight with them against us.

  5. Egypt: 2,000 Islamic supremacists protest outside Coptic Church

    It’s Friday afternoon, and you know what that means. This time the Islamic supremacists were protesting against their murderous brethren who attacked a church in Alexandria on New Year’s Eve, killing 21 — weren’t they? Oddly enough, no; rather, they were enraged over the Copts’ supposedly holding two women who converted to Islam. All the abductions and forced conversions to Islam of Coptic women never drew them to protest, either. “Islamists protest outside Coptic Church in Cairo,” from AFP, April 29 (thanks to JW):

    CAIRO – ABOUT 2,000 hardline Islamists protested on Friday outside the Coptic Church’s headquarters in Cairo to demand the release of two women they allege are being held after converting to Islam.
    The protesters, who belonged to the puritanical Salafi sect, marched on St Mark’s Cathedral from a mosque after Friday prayers to demand the release of Wafa Constantine and Camellia Shehata, the wives of two priests. The church denies the women converted to Islam.

    The Salafis have held regular protests over the case in the past year, but they have usually been smaller in number.

    Their cause was eventually picked up by an Al-Qaeda-linked group in Iraq that massacred dozens of Christians in a Baghdad church in November 2010 and vowed more attacks until the two women are freed.

    Two months later, a suicide bomber killed more than 20 Copts after a New Year’s Eve mass in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria.

    The Coptic Church has reportedly convened a synod in response to the growing assertiveness of Salafis, who have increased their political presence in Egypt since a popular revolt toppled president Hosni Mubarak in February [I tried to tell you — RS]. Copts, who account for about 10 percent of the country’s 80 million people, complain of discrimination. They have been the targets of fairly regular sectarian attacks. — AFP

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