North Africa and the Middle East were largely Christian regions until the Muslim hordes swept through and converted by the sword. As a grade-school kid, I never understood how that could work because the confluence of religious conversion and war didn’t seem to fit. Now we can see how the process functions first hand — constant intimidation with the message Join or Die is a very effect method of low-intensity warfare, perfected over centuries of practice by supremacist Muslims.
Below, Muslims harassed church-goers in front of London’s Westminster Cathedral.
Muslims warring against Christians and everyone else is a fact of history that has been going on for 1400 years. It seems highly unwise to invite such people into our midst via immigration. One wonders how many additional hostile Muslims would be admitted under the Senate’s crazy diverse overpopulation immigration scheme.
Scholar Raymond Ibrahim is a Coptic Christian whose parents left Egypt because of Muslim harassment. He recently published a book about the persecution of Christians in Islamic societies, Crucified Again.
He recently appeared on Canada’s SunTV with Brian Lilley to discuss the book:
A mass exodus of Christians is currently underway. Millions of Christians are being displaced from one end of the Islamic world to the other.
We are reliving the true history of how the Islamic world—much of which prior to the Islamic conquests was almost entirely Christian—came into being.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recently said: “The flight of Christians out of the region is unprecedented and it’s increasing year by year.” In our lifetime alone “Christians might disappear altogether from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt.”
Ongoing reports from the Islamic world certainly support this conclusion. Iraq was the earliest indicator of the fate awaiting Christians once Islamic forces are liberated from the grip of dictators.
The 2010 Baghdad church attack, which saw nearly 60 Christian worshippers slaughtered, is the tip of a decade-long iceberg.
Now as the U.S. supports the jihad on secular president Assad, the same pattern has come to Syria: entire regions and towns where Christians lived centuries before Islam came into being have now been emptied, as the opposition targets Christians for kidnapping, plundering, and beheadings, all in compliance with mosque calls that it’s a “sacred duty” to drive Christians away. Continue reading this article
In short, Islam is a supremacist religion which preaches that its followers deserve everything they can mooch from inferior infidels. There’s even a special Islam vocabulary word: jizya which historically referred to the tax non-Muslims were forced to pay to Muslim rulers in dar al-Islam. The money is part of a whole system of second-class citizenship to keep infidels subservient and in their place, like Coptic Christians in Egypt today.
Radical Muslim pest Anjem Choudary was recently recorded exhorting his co-religionists to soak British taxpayer for a “jihad-seekers allowance.” Work is for suckers, he said, and Muslims should use the welfare cash to promote the destruction of western civilization and setting up a global caliphate.
It was interesting to hear Michael Coren’s recollections of his home town of Ilford near London and how it had changed from an immigrant town of Europeans to being the home of infamous Muslim pest Anjem Choudary. The latest news from the well known loudmouth was his urging to fellow unfriendly Muslims that they quit their jobs and go on welfare: make the sucker British taxpayer finance Islam’s ordinary treason.
Choudary also bragged on how the Muslim population was growing — due to disastrous immigration, of course.
Following is a typical article from Silicon Valley’s newspaper, the San Jose Mercury-News, debating over which way of screwing America is better — by increasing diversity with incompatible cultures or by adding more skilled foreigners to the workplace in a time of terrible unemployment. The piece is more of the same old liberal/business propaganda we have seen for years. But it does have a nice graph illustrating how wrong-headed Washington’s system of legal immigration has become:
As the chart shows, the biggest number of newbies is kinfolk-based, so cultures with big families, e.g. hispanics, are gaining in the ethnic proportion of who lives in the United States. Immigration plus lots of babies means rapid population growth.
The diversity input machine (aka the federal government) continues unabated despite the inherent danger. In 2007, the GAO published a report (Fraud Risks Complicate State’s Ability to Manage Diversity Visa) which toted up the number of immigrants admitted under the program at nearly 10,000 persons from terror-supporting nations. See also my analysis of 2010 Diversity Visa admits from Special Interest Countries whose citizens get higher scrutiny regarding national security threats: Welcome, Unfriendly Foreigners!.
The Diversity Visa lottery should have ended immediately after 9/11. But if not, then the nations eligible should have been limited to those whose citizens are unlikely to present a national security threat, but that prudent step has not been taken either.
And take a look at the list of nations contributing diversity for 2011 — how do Americans benefit from having additional thousands of Bangladeshis, Egyptians and Iranians?
Why is Washington still so dim on the idea that the world is full of people who hate America and are therefore unsuitable as new immigrants?
Here’s an idea: why not chuck the Diversity Visa entirely and instead admit the same number (50,000) of Christians and Jews now residing in increasingly unfriendly Muslim nations, particularly Egypt and Pakistan, where non-Muslims are killed with impunity all the time.
Back to the current scribblings, even Vivek Wadhwa, one of the ethnic boosters quoted, noted, “I don’t think anyone would say that America lacks diversity.”
Really? So Washington can quit diversity-based immigration then. Good.
People around the world with accredited degrees in science and math should “get a green card stapled to their diploma,” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said in his Tuesday night debate with President Barack Obama, who has made similar appeals to retain skilled foreign students.
Stewed over by lawmakers since 2009, the visa-stapled degree is a bipartisan idea that Congress has been unable to achieve. Election-year politicking brought a rare opening but then quickly shut the door to compromise this fall — specifically, whether to create more opportunities for highly educated scientists and engineers to stay in the United States at the expense of shutting down a random lottery of visas.
“Do we want to have 6,000 Iranians coming here or do we want 6,000 scientists and researchers?” U.S. Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Coronado, asked on the House of Representatives floor. “Do we want over 2,000 Moroccans (or) individuals who have proved they have an asset?” Continue reading this article
On Friday, Congressman Chris Smith held a hearing to investigate the growing problem of Christian Coptic women being kidnapped in Egypt and forced to convert to Islam. The problem is not new, but the election of the Muslim Brotherhood to power presents a threatening future to Copts.
The usually Islamo-fawning BBC had a surprisingly decent report of forced conversions of young Christian women in Egypt a couple years ago:
WASHINGTON — Coptic Christians make up the largest Christian community in the Middle East, which also makes them sitting targets for violence and discrimination.
As Egypt moves toward “democratic reforms,” the situation is deteriorating for the Coptic church, especially Christian women.
Last year’s protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square inspired hopes for freedom. But one year later, “freedom” seems even more distant for Egypt’s Coptic Christians who’ve seen their churches burned and community abused.
“I kept asking myself, ‘What if this man hadn’t saved me. Where would I be now?’” a Coptic Christian going by the name “Ann” said at a hearing in Washington, Wednesday.
Ann is seeking asylum in the United States and recently testified to a congressional committee from behind a wall to conceal her identity and protect her family in Egypt.
She recounted how a man tried to kidnap her last year.
“I was screaming. I didn’t know what he wanted. I had no idea why he was doing this,” she recalled.
Ann managed to escape. But many victims aren’t that fortunate.
According to a new Christian Solidarity International report, the number of disappearances and abductions among Coptic women is on the rise, all with the goal of converting the women to Islam. Continue reading this article
Hostile Muslims can be efficient fellows when they plot to mass-murder Christians and other non-Islamics. The Sons of Allah use the Christian calendar to plot their massacres and increase the body count. For example, Egyptian Muslims bombed a Coptic church last New Year’s Eve, killing 21.
Nigeria has a history of religious violence since it is split demographically and geographically with mostly Muslims inhabiting the north. Last June, for example, Boko Haram (the accused group in the current atrocity) bombed a packed beer garden on a Sunday afternoon, killing 25.
Winning through intimidation (and mass murder) is an Islamic custom of long standing: non-believers must convert or die. Boko Haram is the regional Islamist flavor working to institute worldwide totalitarian sharia law.
LAGOS, Nigeria – The White House on Sunday issued a statement offering condolences to those affected by the coordinated terror attacks in Nigeria that left at least 39 people dead, with the majority dying on the steps of a Catholic church after celebrating Christmas mass.
“We condemn this senseless violence and tragic loss of life on Christmas Day. We offer our sincere condolences to the Nigerian people and especially those who lost family and loved ones. We have been in contact with Nigerian officials about what initially appear to be terrorist acts and pledge to assist them in bringing those responsible to justice,” White House said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Nigerian authorities acknowledged they could not bring enough emergency medical personnel to care for the wounded outside St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla near Nigeria’s capital. Elsewhere, a bomb exploded amid gunfire in the central Nigerian city of Jos and a suicide car bomber attacked the military in the nation’s northeast as part of an apparently coordinated assault by the sect known as Boko Haram.
The Christmas Day violence, denounced by world leaders and the Vatican, shows the threat of the widening insurrection posed by Boko Haram against Nigeria’s weak central government. Despite a recent paramilitary crackdown against the sect in the oil-rich nation, it appears that Africa’s most populous nation remains unable to stop the threat. Continue reading this article
The so-called Arab Spring was a dinosaur media fabrication from the beginning, probably created to support their guy Obama’s program of naive outreach to retro and/or dangerous societies like Syria and Iran.
In Egypt’s Tahrir Square, liberal reporters swooned over the glorious revolution — a characterization that worked only when blinders were firmly in place. Scribblers wanted to imagine they were witnessing a historic transformation, but realists didn’t have to look far to see the same old Muslim Egypt. The gang rape of CBS reporter Lara Logan during a public celebration was a big hint that new freedoms weren’t for everyone: women weren’t invited to the party.
Neither are the Coptic Christians who comprise about 13 percent of the population. Many Muslims would prefer that the infidels just go away so sharia law can be instituted in the country. The hostility has worsened since Mubarak’s ouster. Periodic church burnings and violence have been part of Coptic experience in Egypt. However, this week’s street battles in Cairo were a major escalation, with army tanks attacking civilians, which can be seen in films. Two dozen were killed and a couple hundred wounded in the rioting.
From the excellent KitmanTV: a Coptic bishop cautioned German Christians that what happened to his country (Egypt) can happen in Europe. Coptic Christianity was the majority religion in Egypt for hundreds of years until Islam was spread “by the sword” and beat down Christians, which it continues to do today.
In fact, why does any Western society continue to admit Muslim immigrants when the policy has been shown to be so destructive? More followers of Islam means increased violence and social disruption. Are diversity and political correctness more important than cultural survival?
The glorious “Arab Spring” of supposed peace and justice in the Middle East has not brought improvement to the lives of Egyptian Christians. In fact, attacks against them by Muslims have actually increased since Mubarak’s ouster, and Coptic Christians already lived precarious lives where violent persecution has been normal.
Copts account for about 13 percent of Egypt’s population, but many fear they may have to leave, even after a long history of Christianity in the country, starting with the Apostle Mark. That has been the story of the Middle East, where Muslims have overwhelmed Christian communities with violence and demography. One example is Lebanon, where the Christian population was halved in the 20th century, from 84 percent in 1926 to 40 percent in 2009.
Egyptian Coptics belong to one of the oldest Christian communities in the world. The Apostle Mark established a church in the city of Alexandria just 10 years after Christ’s ascension.
But today, many Egyptian Christians are considering leaving the country because they fear radical Islamists have hijacked the nation’s democratic revolution.
The recent fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak brought hope and opportunity to people long oppressed by an unpopular dictator and his subordinates.
Coptics joined Muslims in the Tahrir Square protests, but so far the freedoms they desired remain elusive and the minority Christian community is under siege.
Paul Marshall, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, says the actual number of attacks on Copts have increased since Mubarak stepped down.
“That has a lot of Copts worried [and asking], ‘Is this a harbinger of the future?’” Marshall explained.
So far, 2011 has been a tragic year for Egypt’s Christians. On New Year’s Day a horrific suicide bombing took place at St. Mark’s Church in Alexandria.
Security guard Magdy Wahib was at the church entrance when services concluded shortly after midnight.
“I suddenly found myself blown inside the church,” Wahib recalled. “I didn’t lose consciousness, but I felt severe pain in my abdomen, hand, and sides.”
Wahib was taken to a hospital where surgeons removed a piece of shrapnel nearly seven inches long from his abdomen along with 30 inches of his intestines.
Wahib was among nearly 100 Christians injured in the attack. Twenty-three others were killed.
Christians at St. Mark’s and other churches are determined to fight for a new future in Egypt. They know the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church and will persevere.
Fighting the Majority
Coptics say they are not treated as equals even though they were the majority in Egypt for more than 1,000 years. Today, Christians make up only about 13 percent of the population while 86 percent of Egyptians are Muslim. Continue reading this article
The hope for positive political change in Egypt has caused a number of its emigres to consider departing for the land of their birth. The New York Times naturally reports this an an upbeat tale of modern diversity and mobility.
The unspoken reality, too negative for the Times, is that most immigrants are essentially squatters who will pick up and go home if circumstances improve. The move is their own business, of course, but the general cheapening of America into a handy world flophouse has demeaned the idea of national community and weakened sovereignty. It doesn’t help that our government allows dual citizenship, which further sends the message that patriotic assimilation is no longer expected of newbies, at least by elites in contrast to citizens.
Most immigrants come only for the money, with no intention of forming a loyalty bond. That is doubly true for persons of more alien cultures, such as Muslims. They won’t be happy without ummah-like social accoutrements, like muezzins squawking the allah prayer five times daily and women made less visible by identity-erasing burqas.
American culture is not a good fit with misogynous, repressive Islam.
LOS ANGELES — This week, Khaled Abou El Fadl has greeted each fellow Egyptian he sees with one word: “Mabrook,” or congratulations.
But quickly, their joy over the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak gives way to a rapid string of questions. Can they raise money here in the United States to help clean up Tahrir Square? Can they help revive the economy by urging friends to invest in Egyptian companies? Can they successfully lobby for the right to vote even though they have lived abroad for years?
And after weeks of watching events thousands of miles away unfold on television, another thought nags at them: Is it time to go home?
That is a profound question for Egyptian immigrants, many of whom left the country to escape an autocratic government and have built a prosperous life in the United States. They are eager to help rebuild their home country and wonder if they might put their talents to use there, bringing their experience with democracy to help reshape Egyptian society.
And yet many are loath to give up the freedoms they hope to see blossom in Egypt.
Mr. Abou El Fadl, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a critic of Mr. Mubarak, has spent hours on the phone in the last several days discussing ways to rewrite the Egyptian Constitution, including talks with some of the jurists selected to serve on the panel created by the interim military government.
“My heart, my soul and my intellect is just completely tied up into that, the democratic constitution we need in the Arab world,” he said. “One of the first calls I got was from a colleague there asking me to help. Would I quit my job? I don’t know that yet. I don’t know how to best contribute.”
The conversation about whether to stay or go is repeating itself at countless dinner tables, in urgent telephone calls and in posts on Facebook, particularly among highly educated and younger Egyptians who may have the most to lose by leaving the United States, but also the most to gain.
“I don’t think any of us are not seriously considering moving there,” said Nadine Wahab, 34, a public relations executive in Washington and a leader of the Egyptian Association for Change, which helped organize protests throughout the United States during the last several weeks. “Everyone is asking, What can I do? What would I be going back to? Where am I going to make the most impact?”
There are roughly 300,000 Egyptians living in the United States, according to the most recent census data, with the largest concentrations in Southern California and New York, and a smaller but close-knit cluster in the Washington area. Continue reading this article
If jihadists were disappointed that they couldn’t blow up a big target like New York City for their New Year’s celebration, Allah’s gangsters must have been pleased to explode a church in Egypt, where savage attacks on Christians meet little disapproval.
Interestingly, President Obama released a statement condemning the bombing, noting that those victims included “deaths and dozens of injured from both the Christian and Muslim communities.” Perhaps he meant to embrace the suicide bomber as well, or it may have been his usual cultural relativism applied to Muslims.
A powerful bomb, possibly from a suicide attacker, exploded in front of a Coptic Christian church as a crowd of worshippers emerged from a New Years Mass early Saturday, killing at least 21 people and wounding nearly 80 in an attack that raised suspicions of an al-Qaida role.
The attack came in the wake of threats by al-Qaida militants in Iraq to attack Egypt’s Christians. A direct al-Qaida hand in the bombing would be a dramatic development, as the government of President Hosni Mubarak has long denied that the terror network has a significant presence in the country. Al-Qaida in Iraq has already been waging a campaign of violence against Christians in that country.
The bombing enraged Christians, who often complain of discrimination at the hands of Egypt’s Muslim majority and accuse the government of covering up attacks on their community. In heavy clashes Saturday afternoon, crowds of Christian youths in the streets outside the church and a neighboring hospital hurled stones at riot police, who opened fire with rubber bullets and tear gas.
Egypt has seen growing tensions between its Muslim majority and Christian minority — and the attack raised a dangerous new worry, that al-Qaida or militants sympathetic to it could be aiming to stoke sectarian anger or exploit it to gain a foothold.
Nearly 1,000 Christians were attending the New Year’s Mass at the Saints Church in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, said Father Mena Adel, a priest at the church. The service had just ended, and some worshippers were leaving the building when the bomb went off about a half hour after midnight, he said.
“The last thing I heard was a powerful explosion and then my ears went deaf,” Marco Boutros, a 17-year-old survivor, said from his hospital bed. “All I could see were body parts scattered all over — legs and bits of flesh.” Continue reading this article
The BBC has a reputation as being a fawning panderer to Muslims, with good reason. However the video report below is quite decent with its explanation of the brutality Christians face in Egypt, where 90 percent of the population is Muslim.
It is disturbing to hear the Coptic Christian shopkeeper describe his teenaged daughter’s kidnapping. She went out with friends for a pizza and never came back. She was apparently abducted by Muslims and forced into marriage with an older Islamic man.
Naturally, her parents are heartbroken that their child was stolen, not to mention that they have no legal recourse in the matter. The police will not help them because they are Christians in a Muslim society and are therefore not full citizens; they are dhimmis, as defined by sharia law. Many Muslims regard Christian girls as somehow available for them to steal, through the generosity of Allah.
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