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Coptic Christians to demonstrate in D.C.

Posted by Richard on July 15, 2008

American Egyptian Coptic Christians and their supporters will be demonstrating in front of the White House tomorrow to bring attention to the ongoing and escalating oppression and brutalization Coptics face in Egypt (emphasis in original):

Coptic Organizations in America along with activists from Egypt, the Middle East, Europe and the United states, will conduct a peaceful demonstration in front of the White House on Wednesday July 16, 2008, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm.

The purpose is to convey, to world's opinion and international human rights organizations, the systematic and continuous persecution, murders, discrimination, marginalization, and the organized (by the security police, and Muslim organizations) kidnapping Coptic girls, inflicted on Coptic Christians of Egypt by the Egyptian government and Muslim “extremists,” which in many cases represent the whole "moderate" population of a village or a town, following recent killings and attacks on Christian homes, businesses and institutions.

We will expose the persecution of the Coptic Christians of Egypt, including unprovoked attacks against Coptic families, churches, monasteries, homes and businesses. During the past few weeks, news agencies worldwide reported attacks against the Copts in towns and cities of Zaitoun, Alexandria, Abu Fana, Dafash, El Menia, Luxor, and Fayoum. The situation became so bad to the extent that attempts were made to force Coptic monks to denounce their faith under torture and death threats.

If you're in the D.C. area, go and lend your support. 

Here's a historical point I was vaguely aware of (emphasis in original):

A reminder for those who are not aware of history: Copts are the native people of Egypt, the descendants of the Ancient Egyptians. Egypt was majority Copts, beside a large and thriving Jewish community. The Jews were driven out of Egypt by the mid fifties after confiscating all their properties, and since then the successive Muslim governments of Egypt are working according to the plan, "First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people."

It's Egyptian Muslims that spread the ideology of jihad through Al Azhar missionary sheiks worldwide and the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudis were the financiers. It's no coincidence that Mohammad Atta, the leader of the 911 (“glorious ghazwa”) massacre, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, serving life in America for the 1993 WTC bombing, Sheik El Qaradawi, and Zawahri (the brain), just to name few illustrious ones, are all Egyptians.

We are certain that the (near) future will prove to everyone that the Copts’ fight against Islamic terror in their own country is not separate from the war on terror in America. When it comes to Islam, we’re in the same boat.

I admit my knowledge of recent Egyptian history is rather limited, but this fits what I know. The Arab world was a far, far more diverse and tolerant place before the radical jihadists, especially the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the Wahhabi in Saudi Arabia, became the dominant force in what some call political Islam.

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