Christians in Egypt: accused and sentenced to extinction by Muslim Brotherhood

Christians in Egypt: accused and sentenced to extinction by Muslim Brotherhood

by I B Barsoum

The first preliminary presidential elections in Egypt have already ended. Copts (Egyptian Christians) were neutral during these elections and did not unite to support a specific candidate. Some Copts endorsed Hamdeen Sabbahi [i], others supported Ahmed Sahfik or Amr Mousa and many non-Islamic candidates [ii]. In the end, the elections yielded two candidates as forerunners for a final presidential race [iii]. One is an ex- army general; Ahmed Sahfik, and the other is the head of Muslim Brotherhood (MB) party; Mohammad Morsi. For these results, many Egyptian Muslims are blaming Copts for the rise of Shafik[iv].

However, it is hardly the case. Through history, any country with majority of Muslims had only two political options, either a military dictator or a religious-driven dictator. The same happened in Egyptian elections as exampled by the rise of Shafik and Morsi.

Now facing this dilemma, the Copts have to choose the lesser of two evils. The Copts learned from previous experience that living under secular (military) dictatorship regime is way much tolerated than living under a religious oppressive dictatorship. A religious guy like Morsi will impose Islamic Sharia Law, move the country to a Taliban-like form, and may force Al Jizya on all non-Muslims including Copts. For that, many Copts decided, or are still deciding, to vote for Shafik.

Most of the Copts know that Shafik used to be one of Mubarak generals, and some expect him to reverse the tides of January 25th revolution to a system like Mubarak’s regime. However, Copts are willing to take the risks. As one Coptic Christian put it, it is better to live under a regime that will allow burning of one church every year, than a regime which will help burning churches every week.

As seen so far, the political situation in Egypt is volatile. Copts choosing Shafik will not satisfy the MB. For this, MB has been building a public opinion through the media all-over Egypt to portray Morsi as the revolution-supporting man, while accusing Copts of being anti-revolution and traitors for supporting Shafik [v].

Recently, Morsi as the head of the MB ruling party threatened the Copts of using Sharia law to force them to convert to Islam if he becomes the new elected Egyptian president. If true, this will mark a new era in Egypt where Copts will be forced to convert or flee out of Egypt.

For the west, losing the internal religious balance that Copts help making in Egypt will be the first sign of creating havoc in the Middle East. Morsi as an Egyptian president has good ties to Iran and will try hard at building the Islamic Khilafat [vi].

Will the Copts suffer an organized extermination by Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood?

We all hope not!!

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1 Response to Christians in Egypt: accused and sentenced to extinction by Muslim Brotherhood

  1. ibbarsoum says:

    Christians Should “Convert, Pay Tribute, or Leave,” Says Muslim Brotherhood Presidential Candidate?

    by Raymond Ibrahim

    According to the popular Egyptian website, El Bashayer, Muhammad Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate, just declared that he will “achieve the Islamic conquest (fath) of Egypt for the second time, and make all Christians convert to Islam, or else pay the jizya,” the traditional Islamic tax, or financial tribute, required of non-Muslim “dhimmis.”

    In a brief report written by Samuel al-Ashay and published by El Bashayer on May 27, Morsi allegedly made these comments while speaking with a journalist at the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, adding “We will not allow Ahmed Shafiq [his contending presidential candidate] or anyone else to impede our second Islamic conquest of Egypt.”

    After his interviewer pointed out that the first Muslim conquest of Egypt was “carried out at the hands of Amr bin al-As [in 641],” he asked Morsi, “Who will the second Islamic conqueror be?” The presidential candidate replied, “The second Muslim conqueror will be Muhammad Morsi,” referring to himself, “and history will record it.”

    When asked what he thought about many Christian Copts coming out to vote for his secular opponent, Ahmed Shafiq, Morsi reportedly said, “They need to know that conquest is coming, and Egypt will be Islamic, and that they must pay jizya or emigrate.”

    If this interview is accurate, certainly Morsi would not be the first political Islamist in Egypt to say he wants to see the nation’s Christians subjugated and made to pay jizya (see here for more examples).

    However, considering that English language media are currently reporting that Morsi is trying to woo Egypt’s Christians and women, to win more votes, it is difficult to imagine that he actually made these comments: one does not doubt that he favors the idea of a “second Islamic conquest” and the subjugation of Christians; one doubts that he would be so foolish as to reveal his mind now, publicly, and thereby jeopardize his chances of winning the presidency.

    Then again, his remarks are reported in the context of a private meeting at the headquarters of the Brotherhood’s political party. Perhaps a relaxed Morsi thought he was speaking to a fellow Islamist who would not expose him? Perhaps he was annoyed at having to win Christian Copts over and was “venting” for a moment? Stay tuned.

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