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Egypt Christians ‘Killed’ After Election Morsi

Saturday, June 30, 2012 (11:15 am)
 

By BosNewsLife Africa Service with BosNewsLife's Chief International Correspondent Stefan J. Bos 

There have been protests against killings of Egyptian Christians also known as Copts.



CAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife)-- Native Christian missionaries in Egypt remained concerned Saturday, June 30, saying at least two fellow believers were killed by suspected Islamists since Mohammed Morsi was declared the country's president.

Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood "announced they would destroy the country if Morsi didn't win, but they also said they will take revenge from all those who voted for [his opponent Ahmed] Shafiq, especially the Christians as they are sure we did vote for Shafiq," am Egyptian missionary leader said in a letter distributed by Christian Aid Mission (CAM) group.

"Yesterday they began by killing two believers in [the area of] el Sharqiya because of this," the missionary added, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The names of the two Christians known to the missionaries were not immediately released.

These latest reported killings came just weeks after video footage of a convert from Islam to Christianity being murdered by Muslims was shown on on Egyptian television.

GRAPHIC INCIDENT

That graphic incident, which was reported to have taken place in Tunisia, was aired on the Egypt Today program. That footage showed a young man being held down by masked men with a knife to his throat.

One man was heard chanting a number of Muslim prayers in Arabic, mostly condemning Christianity.

The man holding the knife to the Christian convert’s throat began to cut, slowly severing the head amid cries of “Allahu Akbar” (“Allah is great”), according to transcripts.

The Egypt Today presenter was reportedly distressed by the scenes and openly wondered what direction his nation would go under the influential Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis groups.

FREEDOM THREAT

Native missionaries and other Christians said the footage of the brutal beheading was the latest indication of what they called "the violent threat to religious freedom" in the post-Arab Spring revolution-era.

"Native missionary families are deeply disturbed and even fearful because of recent developments in Egypt," CAM Africa Director Rae Burnett told BosNewsLife.

CAM, which supports the native missionaries, "is not ever involved in politics, but political events and climates can profoundly affect the Lord's work," Burnett explained.

In the letter, the Egyptian missionary leader added that "soon after Morsi won, Christians in upper Egypt were forcibly prevented from going to churches."

LIBERAL MUSLIMS

Many Muslims, he claimed, "also began to speak to women in the streets that they had to wear Islamic clothing including the head covering. They act as if they got the country for their own, it's theirs now."

The missionary leader added that, "Many Christians here are terrified." He said "many" Christians had already lost friends and family members "from Islamic attacks" before the election.

Christians, also known as Copts in Egypt, comprise some 10 percent of Egypt's predominantly Islamic population, but at least 100,000 have already fled the nation, according to Open Doors, an international group supporting reportedly persecuted believers.

However "Liberal Muslims are also afraid," the missionary leader acknowledged in the letter, adding that, "They also do not want the country to be turned from a civil one to a religious one like Iran."

ELECTION DOUBTS

He suggested Christians have doubts about the fairness of the recent presidential race. Morsi's opponent "Shafiq is a very loved and respected man."

"It had been announced that at 1 pm presidential guards went to his home to get him as the president. But at 2 pm they got orders to leave his home and return back." Two hours later, "they announced Morsi the president," the missionary wrote.

Mohammad Morsi was officially sworn in on Saturday, June 30, as Egypt’s first president since the former head-of-state, Hosni Muberak, was forced out of office 16 months ago.

On Friday, June 29, Morsi already pre-empted the military’s choreographed swearing-in ceremony by taking an oath of office a day in a televised speech to tens of thousands of supporters in Tahrir Square.

He has pledged to be the leader of all Egyptians, including Christians, but Western analysts said parts of his speech is expected to provoke Washington.

Morsi said he would for the release of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the Egyptian-born militant Islamist convicted after the 1993 World Trade Center attack of plotting to bomb several New York City landmarks.

15 Responses to “Egypt Christians ‘Killed’ After Election Morsi”

  1. Sarah Says:

    I HATE Muslims, After this even More! But I Am Better Then Them < I Will Not Kill them for what they Believe in, Like they do Christians. Killing has 2 stop! What Kind of God Do U believe in? It Not A Loving GOD Like My.

  2. Stefan Bos Says:

    Dear Sarah,

    We (BosNewsLife) do not hate Muslims. Ofcourse it’s horrible if people are killed because of their faith, but suffering is something the Bible says Christians can expect. Yet Jesus says that we should love our enemies and forgive. Matthew 6:14: ”  For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,”

    Best regards,

    Stefan

  3. mjazz Says:

    Why is it ‘killed’ ? It almost looks like quotation marks, which in America would indicate
    that you don’t really mean it.

  4. Stefan Bos Says:

    Dear Mjazz,

    The ‘killed’ in the headline or “killed” as it would read in the story refers to the source making the claim. We have no reason to doubt the report, especially looking to what’s been happening in recent months. It’s a normal journalistic practice.

    Best wishes,

    Stefan J. Bos, BosNewsLife

  5. reality check Says:

    The mistranslation of ‘allahu akbar’ is pervasive. It does not mean ‘Allah is great’ or even worse ‘God is great.’ In fact the mistranslation ‘God is great’ is taken to mean (by ignorant iinfidels, no offense intended) Muslims worship the same God as us, but also implies that is an innocuous ‘shared’ quote. Why, even we say ‘God is great!’. No, allahu akbar is translated ‘Allah is greatER’ [than your God].’ A few argue the translation is ‘Allah is the greatEST.’ Thus meaning Allah is greatest of all gods or all religions. I wonder if the translation for ‘allah akbar’ in critical infidel authored books on Islam prior to the twentieth century was ‘Allah is greater.’ I wonder if the translation of Psychologie du Musulman’ written by Andre Servier, translated and published in 1913, has the translation right?. What about that Dutch historian Snouck Hugronje of the late 19th/ early 20th century? There was an insightful blog about jihad and Europe’s islamization named after him for awhile.

    The reason I know about Servier’s Pscyhologie de Musulman is that I did the original scan in page by page on my PC and posted it on a google blog years ago. It’s still there, but the final version and all typos corrected was done by an individual who contacted me and asked permission to take on a complete translate/scan error cleanup. Which was great. Now that final translation is on wikileaks. I guess me saying this is to show people there are many ways to be involved in stopping Islam from overtaking infidel nations.

    http://musulmanbook.blogspot.com/ Hey what do you know! My old blog is still there. Haven’t looked at that in years. Still looks good too. I did incorporate all the corrected chapters based on my kindly volunteer’s work at this blog.

    And here’s Wikipedia – woops, not there! hmm, only Andre Servier thin bio, and the book listing for Musulman is not linked! Not surprised. But there are other places, just google search. You have to be really suspicious of anything at wikipedia critical of Islam. The tongue jihadists are in force over there, reigning supreme over many articles. ‘That whitewash is so bright it’s blinding!.’

  6. Bill Says:

    Islam should be viewed and treated like any other systemic tyranny. It needs to be exposed and rejected by all people of good will. The difference between Islam and the authoritarainism of Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, or any of the other totalitarians is that Islam is disguised in the veil of “religion.” Just as the SS in Nazi Germany espoused and practiced good works and charity towards fellow Nazis and obedient Germans, Islam boasts of its good works and charity towards fellow Muslims. But how do each of the above treat the non compliant or non members? The answer is obvious. And this is precisely where Islam exists in the same repulsive darkness and hate as Naziism, Communism or any other totalitarian, authoritarian, intolerant orthodoxy.

  7. Elena Says:

    Time for the Copts to make pilgrimage to Israel. Let Egypt exchange their Christians for those pesky former Egyptians, now known as Palestinians.

    Hate islam and Allah, but pray for the muslims who are islam’s first victims. Allah is another name for Biblical Lucifer, our eternal enemy. Pray that our Lord Jesus protects His own in Egypt.

  8. Vin Ienco Says:

    i for one treat evil as it should be treated

  9. 5Kolonne Says:

    (BosNewsLife also received another extremist comment in German, suggesting that we should burn or even hang people and saying that the ‘homosexual prophet’ had sex with dead bodies etc. We don’t think this helps in and only add flames. The only reason why we publish this comment is to show that indeed extremists use different venues to encourage hatred. That’s not what both moderate Muslims and genuine Christians want. This is what we received from 5Kolonne.)

    Aufhängen, verbrennen, auslöschen das scheiß Volk!
    Der schwule Prophet war ein Kinder und Leichen Fucker
    Und wer reitet schon in den Himmel? Wer reitet ist nur der Teufel, in die Hölle!

    (BosNewsLife strongly disagrees with especially the violent aspects of this comment).

  10. Musliminator Says:

    (BosNewsLife strongly objects to the following comment, but it underscores the things heard by innocent civilians heard on both sides in the region. This is what we received, in this case, from ‘Musliminator’).

    Kill the Muslims

    (BosNewsLife strongly advises against this and does not agree with these and other comments about either killing Christians or Muslims or anyone else).

  11. uri125 Says:

    Back to the Middle Age. The Time of Future and life style of west are over.
    Back is the power of intolerance and fanatic religion.

  12. Ken Says:

    The sooner people get over this whole religion thing, the better.

  13. lee Longchamp Says:

    If there was any reason to withold aid is that the Egypt govenment guarantee the human rights of all Egyptians and that the government protect Coptic Christians and all other minorities. It is tragic that Obama America ignores the plight of Christians in Muslim countries.

  14. Sandy Says:

    Having lived in Egypt most of my life, there has never been such thing!! This is all propaganda. Where is the proof, pls provide? There is none because it never happened.

  15. Selim Says:

    This is the only site reporting on the murder of a convert to Christianity aired by the Egyptian state television. Why? Our lovely Western media missed it? No, they would not.. They simply didn’t report on it because it never happened. This is false reporting that shows Coptic conspiracy in action.

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