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Coptic Christians Need Protection -- Will the U.S. Help Them?

Posted by on May. 21, 2011 at 11:50 AM
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(FoxNews) As the Coliseum in Rome deteriorates with every passing day, the thoughts of Christian martyrdom and persecution that happened there also seem ages away. 

But as surprising as it may sound, it still happens. Instead of Christians being eaten by lions, they are being bombed during protests. Instead of being burned at the stake, their churches are being set on fire.

Coptic Christians in Egypt, the largest contingent of Christians in the country, are under severe attack — so much so that the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom announced just recently that Egypt made the list of “Countries of Particular Concern.” 

That's not really a list anyone wants to be on: countries put on this list are some of the worst violators of religious freedom. But it’s not enough. Calling a country out will not necessarily force them to change their behavior. A bully doesn’t work like that.

Leonard Leo, chairman of the Commission, told reporters that the final straw was the massacre on the day Coptic Christians celebrated their Christmas Eve services. Since January of this year, 400 Christians have been murdered, hundreds more injured, and multiple churches have been burned, including a massacre on New Year’s Day, where a bomb at a church in Alexandria killed 20 Christians.

The Coptic Christians have been begging for protection from the new Egyptian government without any results. Last Saturday, while Christians were being attacked with gasoline bombs and rocks in Cairo, riot police did not immediately respond; and when they did respond, they looked on for a full hour and did nothing. Soldiers had to be brought in to contain the violence.

The U.S. has directed its own military to help provide protection and apparently has attempted to put diplomatic pressure on the new government for protection. But more has to be done. The Egyptian government is filled with cowards bent on letting Christians suffer at the hands of the majority religion of Islam.

There are 10 million Coptic Christians in the Middle East, where they are overshadowed predominately by the Muslim culture and Islam, President Obama’s fabled “religion of peace.” In fact, it is the radicals, who call themselves Muslim, who are using rape, violence, and church-burnings to persecute this minority religion of Christianity in Egypt.

Persecution is nothing new for Christians (at Concerned Women for America we recently interviewed some local Coptic Christians for an upcoming event on Sharia Law, and the stories they told were stark). The Coptic Christians in Egypt aren’t backing down, nor are they intimidated, but they do want protection.

When is enough violence enough? Maybe much hasn’t changed since centuries ago when early Christians were persecuted and martyred. 

Bottom line: If we don’t work with the new Egyptian government to ask them to protect this minority, we could see significant religious cleansing in Egypt. And if that happens, then shame on us.

 

by on May. 21, 2011 at 11:50 AM
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Missglobstopper
by on May. 21, 2011 at 11:52 AM

 Bump! Thanks for the post!

Arroree
by Ruby Member on May. 21, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Hate to say it but their religious wars are not our problem. Over there they've been at war for centuries and they wont stop any time soon. The Christians attack the Muslims, the Muslims attack the Christians, they both attack anyone of any OTHER religion or faith. Why should we step in and protect the Christians now when they're just as guilty of doing the attacking, harassing and murdering of Muslims and other religions as the Muslims are now doing to them? Why did we not step in when it was the Christians attacking Muslim villages? Why do we not step in to protect the local Pagans, Hindus etc when both Christians and Muslims are attacking them?

As i said, their religious wars are NOT our problem and we cant take sides in it. I fully agree with our government in how they're trying to handle this. Its not our country, its not like we can just go in and tell them what to do, thats not our place. We also cant go in and start a war with them to protect one religious group thats just as guilty of all this as any other over there.


Attention, folks: have you heard that the rapture is coming this Saturday? Two things: 1.) any Christians left hanging around are going to be thoroughly teased by me that you didn't make the "cut", 2.) Target, you are going DOWN...perfect place for looting. Food and nice clothes for post-rapture fashion.


muslimah
by on May. 21, 2011 at 11:59 AM

 So do the Palestinian Christians will fellow American Christians help them?

Della529
by on May. 21, 2011 at 12:14 PM

 Good question, and good points.

Quoting Arroree:

Hate to say it but their religious wars are not our problem. Over there they've been at war for centuries and they wont stop any time soon. The Christians attack the Muslims, the Muslims attack the Christians, they both attack anyone of any OTHER religion or faith. Why should we step in and protect the Christians now when they're just as guilty of doing the attacking, harassing and murdering of Muslims and other religions as the Muslims are now doing to them? Why did we not step in when it was the Christians attacking Muslim villages? Why do we not step in to protect the local Pagans, Hindus etc when both Christians and Muslims are attacking them?

As i said, their religious wars are NOT our problem and we cant take sides in it. I fully agree with our government in how they're trying to handle this. Its not our country, its not like we can just go in and tell them what to do, thats not our place. We also cant go in and start a war with them to protect one religious group thats just as guilty of all this as any other over there.

 

muslimah
by on May. 21, 2011 at 12:16 PM

 

Quoting Della529:

 Good question, and good points.

Quoting Arroree:

Hate to say it but their religious wars are not our problem. Over there they've been at war for centuries and they wont stop any time soon. The Christians attack the Muslims, the Muslims attack the Christians, they both attack anyone of any OTHER religion or faith. Why should we step in and protect the Christians now when they're just as guilty of doing the attacking, harassing and murdering of Muslims and other religions as the Muslims are now doing to them? Why did we not step in when it was the Christians attacking Muslim villages? Why do we not step in to protect the local Pagans, Hindus etc when both Christians and Muslims are attacking them?

As i said, their religious wars are NOT our problem and we cant take sides in it. I fully agree with our government in how they're trying to handle this. Its not our country, its not like we can just go in and tell them what to do, thats not our place. We also cant go in and start a war with them to protect one religious group thats just as guilty of all this as any other over there.

 

 Or while they (Copts) are kidnapping and holding hostage women who convert to Islam just so they can have the right to divorce?

tericared
by on May. 21, 2011 at 12:20 PM

 

Quoting muslimah:

 So do the Palestinian Christians will fellow American Christians help them?

 ditto


muslimah
by on May. 21, 2011 at 12:22 PM

 

Quoting tericared:

 

Quoting muslimah:

 So do the Palestinian Christians will fellow American Christians help them?

 ditto

 Notice they have no answer.

LillyJD
by on May. 21, 2011 at 12:25 PM


Quoting muslimah:

 So do the Palestinian Christians will fellow American Christians help them?

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muslimah
by on May. 21, 2011 at 12:26 PM

 

Quoting LillyJD:



Quoting muslimah:

 So do the Palestinian Christians will fellow American Christians help them?

 Yeah still waiting for an answer.

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on May. 21, 2011 at 12:27 PM

 Maybe you should read some of the news FROM Egypt.

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