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Excerpted from Coptic Solidarity – Hundreds of supporters of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi gathered on Saturday evening in front of Mar Guirgis Church in Sohag, headed by Bishop Bakhoum Bishop of Sohag Akhmim, and raised the Al-Qaeda flag, chanting “Islamic (state) despite secularists (wishes).”
The church immediately closed the doors and prevented the entry or exit of any one of its members.
Hundreds of supporters of the deposed president also surrounded a church in the city of Girga denouncing – what they called – the position of Pope Twadharos. Regional security services managed to control the situation.
On the other hand, the village of Banawyt, Maragha district, witnessed violence and riots during rallies by dozens of Islamists, who roamed the village, attacking homes of Copts in the village, and destroying crosses on some doors and windows. Security services eventually managed to control the security situation.
For his part, Alaa Saddiq, Secretary of the Construction and Development (Salafist) Party, said “We are waiting for victory from God.. We are fighting a war of identity against Christians and secularists who wanted bloodshed and declared war on Islam,” blaming Al-Azhar for doing nothing in this regard.
Excerpted from Raymond Ibrahim – 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 was still president.
This anti-Christian fury is far from sated; it has taken on genocidal proportions. While Al Jazeera was covering (and distorting) events in Egypt, a Libyan man, Tamar Rashad called in and said, “I want to offer the good news to [Pope] Tawadros that, 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.” When the host appeared to protest, Rashad interrupted him saying, “It’s already decided, take your cameras and go to the churches and you’ll see what’s going to happen soon, Allah willing.”
Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the Islamic world’s leading preachers and spiritual father of the Muslim Brotherhood, has also given his formal stamp of approval to persecute Christians; he recently posted a video saying that “Christians” and others “were recruited [by Egypt's military] to kill innocent Muslims.”
As expected, 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 — the reports emanating from Egypt are many and nonstop. Throughout Upper Egypt — in Minya, Asyut, Sohag — Christians and their churches are under attack; dozens of Coptic homes and businesses have been set on fire. Due to the risk to Christian lives, many churches are no longer holding regular worship services.
The situation has become so dire that Ibrahim Eissa, a popular Egyptian journalist and TV personality, apparently unable to keep silent over the plight of the Copts, recently said on live TV: “The Christians have suffered in Egypt, over the course of two and a half years. Their churches have been burned, their children killed. The Maspero Massacre occurred, where several Copts were slain. Catastrophic fatwas [religious edicts] appeared, calling them infidels and inciting against them…. No one has suffered as much as they. Today, if any Christian attempts to join a protest, he does so at the risk of defying dozens of fatwas calling for his death and decapitation, and the burning of churches, especially in Upper Egypt.” Keep Reading