- Posted September 6, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Turbulence, violence in the Middle East
Coptic Christians in Egypt are in a panic state.
Al-Kahera Wal-Nas TV (Egypt) - August 11, 2012
The Brotherhood uses democracy, but once in power it will replace democracy with fundamentalist sharia law because it is the “true democracy.” “The final, absolute message from heaven contains all the values which the secular world claims to have invented....Islam and its values antedated the West by founding true democracy.”
—Former Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Muhammed Mahdi Akef, Nov. 2007
The Arab Spring has not been kind to Egypt’s Christian minority. Muslims apparently incited by Islamist hardliners again terrorized Coptic Christians, in what is now a pattern of attacks against them and their churches, homes and business.
After Mubarak's regime, came the regime of freedom and justice of Muslim Brotherhood, but the attacks against the Copts have increased with no justice or fair trials. Churches and properties of the Copts are being destroyed, burned, and looted. Moreover, they experienced forced displacement. Amazingly enough, the Copts are the only people who were arrested in such attacks as if they had burned their own houses and churches! Sometimes, they are tortured to admit falsely they had committed certain crimes, while the real perpetrators remain free to plan for the next attack!
Hundreds of Coptic young girls some underage have been abducted, raped and forced to convert to Islam. Now Muslim Brotherhood has full control in drafting the constitution and demands raised this week by Islamists in the Constituent Assembly for placing the Church's funds under state financial control not only that but how and when a priest should be ordained. Under Fatwa from Muslim brotherhood “No new Church should be built”
For the first time in the history of the Egyptian television, a veiled anchor called Fatma has appeared in the news bulletin. This comes after Salah Abdel-Maksoud, Minister of Information, has decided to allow veiled anchors in the Egyptian television after they were not allowed before by the former regime.
“Anyone who reads into the history of the Brotherhood, its ideological framework, organizational structure and its discourse — both in the past and today — will soon realize that this society of Brothers is in conflict with the system of beliefs of the modern democratic state. My assumption here is that the democratic system is not solely defined by the formation of political parties and holding elections, but more importantly by the extent to which it embraces a system of rights and liberties, including the freedoms of expression, press, assembly and belief, and the formation of syndicates, etc.”
Copts of America who represent about 0.5 percent of the American people can’t simply change its policy. They only can demand an explanation for the American situations and actions. Senator Roy Blunt introduced S -1245 intended to establish a Special Envoy position at the US State Department in order to promote religious freedom for religious minorities in the Middle East, South Asia, and Central Asia. Unfortunately, Senator Jim Webb from Virginia, who is NOT running for re-election, has placed a “hold” on the bill. This means that he has single-handedly stopped the bill from moving forward and until he drops the “hold” (or the “freeze”) that he has put on the bill, it will not move anywhere in the US Senate. Similar bill was already passed by the house. United States has to do more than meetings in the embassy with few Christians.
Something is terribly wrong when Thomas Friedman consider Morsi, Muslim brotherhood president of Egypt, the new Mandela or when Morsi appointed members of the National Council of Human Rights in Egypt from Salafies and hardliners Islamists who one day planned 9/11 and were considered terrorists.