Al Qaeda Flag Flies High Above Christian Churches
by Raymond Ibrahim August 7, 2013 at 4:00 am http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3919/al-qaeda-christian-churches This anti-Christian fury has taken on genocidal proportions. "Allah willing, the day is coming when no Copt will ever again tread the ground of Egypt - and no churches. We will no longer allow churches to exist." 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, the 2010 Baghdad church attack in which nearly 60 Christians were slaughtered (click here for graphic images), al-Qaeda's singling out Egypt's Christians looks alarming. The Islamic terrorist organization's incitement against the Copts is just the latest emanating from Islamists -- from the top of the Brotherhood leadership to the bottom of the "Muslim street" -- and is creating something of an "open season" on Egypt's Christians. Days after the overthrow of Morsi, the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Muhammad Badie, was first to attack by Coptic Pope Tawadros by name for supporting the popular June 30 revolution, which saw tens of millions of Egyptians take to the streets. After Badie demonized the Copts, assaults on Christians began in earnest. Many churches were attacked and burned, and several Christians were murdered in Upper Egypt; over in the Sinai, a young Coptic priest was shot dead, while the body of Magdy Lam'i Habib, a Christian, was found mutilated and beheaded. Due to the many death threats to Pope Tawadros, he has left the papal residence at the St. Mark Cathedral, which was earlier savagely attacked when Morsi

The Maspero Massacre occurred. a popular Egyptian journalist and TV personality. No one has suffered as much as they. the Copts -. if any Christian attempts to join a protest. apparently unable to keep silent over the plight of the Copts." When the host appeared to protest.ironically. Allah willing. and the burning of churches. Allah willing. The situation has become so dire that Ibrahim Eissa." As expected. Egypt's Islamists have finally gotten the pretext they need to cleanse the nation of its Christian minority. dozens of Coptic homes and businesses have been set on fire. their children killed. This anti-Christian fury is far from sated. one of the Islamic world's leading preachers and spiritual father of the Muslim Brotherhood. Catastrophic fatwas [religious edicts] appeared.in Minya. "I want to offer the good news to [Pope] Tawadros that. The unprecedented hate currently being visited on them is fueled by Islam's "How Dare You?" phenomenon: As conquered non-Muslims. Due to the risk to Christian lives. many churches are no longer holding regular worship services. Christians can only live as 2/3 . has also given his formal stamp of approval to persecute Christians.and no churches. it has taken on genocidal proportions.8/7/13 was still president. recently said on live TV: "The Christians have suffered in Egypt. he recently posted a video saying that "Christians" and others "were recruited [by Egypt's military] to kill innocent Muslims. Rashad interrupted him saying.the reports emanating from Egypt are many and nonstop. a Libyan man. Tamar Rashad called in and said. all these incitements against the Copts issued by several top Islamist leaders have so increased the attacks on Copts that it has become difficult in the last few days to keep up with the attacks on them -.Christians and their churches are under attack." Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi. he does so at the risk of defying dozens of fatwas calling for his death and decapitation. We will no longer allow churches to exist. where several Copts were slain. Throughout Upper Egypt -. take your cameras and go to the churches and you'll see what's going to happen soon. While Al Jazeera was covering (and distorting) events in Egypt. especially in Upper Egypt. Today. Their churches have been burned. Egypt's native sons. over the course of two and a half years. calling them infidels and inciting against them…. the day is coming when no Copt will ever again tread the ground of Egypt -. Sohag -. "It's already decided." With the ouster of Muhammad Morsi. Asyut.

He is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an associate fellow at the Middle East Forum. April 2013).8/7/13 dhimmis: according to traditional Islamic teaching. Thus. Raymond Ibrahim is author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War in Christians (published by Regnery in cooperation with Gatestone Institute." Egypt's Christians supported the June 30 Revolution against the will and threats of the Brotherhood. are all now fair game.to the point that they are not permitted to raise their hands to Muslims even when attacked. to Egypt's disenfranchised and bitter Brotherhood and its supporters. barely tolerated "infidels" who must be humble and submissive -. Related Topics: Egypt | Raymond Ibrahim RECEIVE THE LATEST BY EMAIL: SUBSCRIBE TO THE FREE GATESTONE INSTITUTE MAILING LIST 3/3 . Egypt's Christians. Far from assuming their "proper place. beginning with their pope.

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