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
On April 19, the popular restaurant chain held a widely publicized employment day across the country which drew large crowds. Now the figures are in, and the McDonald’s company reports that more than one million job applications were received that day.
What does that tell us about the state of employment in America? Clearly many people are desperate for any kind of job, even though the Washington suits say employment is getting better. (Watch for 8 percent unemployment to become the new normal in time for the 2012 election.)
Meanwhile, the President speaks often of his desire for comprehensive amnesty, which would transform millions of illegal aliens into legal workers to compete with citizens. Furthermore, the amnestied would later become grateful Democrat voters, the White House realistically hopes.
McDonald’s Corp. (MCD), the world’s biggest restaurant chain, said it hired 24 percent more people than planned during an employment event this month.
McDonald’s and its franchisees hired 62,000 people in the U.S. after receiving more than one million applications, the Oak Brook, Illinois-based company said today in an e-mailed statement. Previously, it said it planned to hire 50,000.
The April 19 national hiring day was the company’s first, said Danya Proud, a McDonald’s spokeswoman. She declined to disclose how many of the jobs were full- versus part-time. McDonald’s employed 400,000 workers worldwide at company-owned stores at the end of 2010, according to a company filing.
The number of applications for unemployment benefits in the U.S. rose last week, a sign that progress in the labor market may be fading. Jobless claims increased by 25,000 to 429,000 in the week ended April 23, the most in three months, according to data from the Labor Department in Washington today. Continue reading this article
If that group didn’t look enough like a scene from the Camp of the Saints (the 1973 French novel of social collapse following shiploads of Asian economic squatters arrival in Europe), there was more to come.
Ten months later (August 2010) saw a jammed Camp-like ship the Sun Sea (pictured below) arrive in western Canada from Thailand, filled to the gunwales with nearly 500 Tamils who also intended to stay.
The would-be refugees each paid tens of thousands of dollars to flee Asia. The event was expensive for Canadian taxpayers as well:
The estimates are the first glimpse at the cost of dealing with the Sun Sea, which sailed from Thailand last May and was intercepted off the British Columbia coast in August. “This is not cheap,” Jason Kenney, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, said in an interview on Tuesday.
The smugglers charged up to $45,000 a head to transport the 493 Sri Lankans to Canada. One man died at sea. All have claimed refugee status, including some the government is alleging are former members of the Tamil Tigers rebel group.
Just to make a complex situation even more diverse, a number of the would-be settlers were possibly dangerous Tamil Tigers, as noted. Although the separatist group is considered as simply political by some, the Canadian government regards them as terrorists and not desirable immigrant material.
The Tigers are unusually rough fellows, even for armed guerillas, according to Time magazine:
The Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka are undoubtedly one of the most organized, effective and brutal terrorist groups in the world. They invented the suicide vest and, according to the FBI, are the only terrorist group to have assassinated two world leaders. The rebels, based in northern and eastern Sri Lanka, have been waging a violent offensive against the central government on and off for more than 20 years. Federal forces recently announced they had captured the Tigers’ capital, Kilinochchi, but it’s a safe bet that, regardless of territory lost or possibly dwindling ranks, the guerillas will not give up their fight willingly.
So identifying who among the boat people were Tamil Tigers was important to Canadian police, a desire which conflicted somewhat with the intent of the authorities to maintain the image of Canada as a welcoming country to the downtrodden. In fact, the first boatload of Tamils were held for a time, but were eventually released into the country.
There’s bad news from Denmark, a country which had been so courageous in standing up for free speech during the Mohammed cartoons controversy. Now it is showing signs of weakness in the face of insistent Islam.
A huge mosque is about to be built there, financed by Iran, which Lars Hedegaard describes as being “more like a barracks.” It is feared that Iranians intend to use the mosque as a base for their particular form of Islamic supremacism and conquest.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark – On Mohammed’s birthday, Denmark’s Muslims marched to the city square under a banner that said “Islam is peace and love.”
But elements of Denmark’s Muslim community have radicalized.
Two years ago on the same spot as a peaceful demonstration, Muslims met a pro-Israel demonstration with Hitler salutes. There were shouts in Arabic of “takbir,” which means “conquest,” and “kill the Jews.”
Americans may think of Denmark as the tough nation that stood up to Islam over the publication of Mohammed cartoons.
But Denmark is also infected with the some of the same multiculturalism that has been declared a failure in other European nations because it can foster Islamic radicalism.
Now, Copenhagen city government is allowing construction of a Shia mosque, which will be funded in part by the radical regime in Iran.
Iranian refugees to Denmark who fled the Islamic radicalism in Iran now face the nightmare of that radicalism following them to Copenhagen. Iranian immigrants have been demonstrating against it.
“It’s not really a mosque. It’s more like a barracks,” said Islamic expert Lars Hedegaard, president of The International Free Press Society, headquartered in Copenhagen. Continue reading this article
Unwise immigration over decades has made Britain a more dangerous place, where thousands of Muslims constitute a fifth column dedicated to destroying the society using violence. In 2005, Sons of Allah bombed the London transit system, an attack which killed 56 including four bombers and injured about 700. Various plots have been disrupted by the police, but the hostile Muslims keep plugging away.
Today’s example of diversity against public safety is the threat of a terrorist attack against the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Muslims Against Crusades, which had its application to protest on Friday turned down by police, yesterday urged Muslims to stay away from central London when Prince William marries Kate Middleton and to avoid all means of public transport due to the heightened risk of an attack.
Assad Ullah, leader of the extremist campaign group, insisted that it had no “inside knowledge” but was simply repeating security fears that have already been widely reported.
“There is a legitimate Islam opinion that those who have been attacked have the right to retaliate,” he said.
“British foreign policy is causing this kind of feeling and increasing the instability in this country. We do not advocate violence but can see how they made themselves a legitimate target for others.”
Announcing that the group had abandoned its plans to protest against the wedding, group spokesman Abu Abbas said: “We urge all Muslims to stay away from the royal wedding, not only because of the drinking, drug taking and sexual promiscuity but because of the likelihood of an attack by the Mujahideen.
“We urge all Muslims to stay away from public places and all public transport, trains, buses and tubes around central London.”
The group, which was founded last year after the radical group Islam4UK was banned, was heckled and police forced to intervene as Abbas criticised British policy outside Parliament in Westminster against a backdrop of banners, one reading: “Wanted: Prince William… Modern Day Nazi.”.
Abbas said: “The killing of Muslims, the raping of Muslim women and the imprisonment of Muslims are increasing the instability in this country.
“We will not be participating and demonstrating, we are withdrawing our souls due to the risk of an attack. We believe it is highly likely, it is a prime target.
“Many people feel that they have been oppressed and have a score to settle with the Royal Family. We can see why they see them as a legitimate target.”
As the group accused the Royal Family of being responsible for war crimes, onlookers shouted: “You’re all on benefits anyway” and “Long live the Queen”.
The Pew Hispanic Center has a new report on the increasing number and percentage of latino voters, particularly focusing on the 2010 election.
The numbers keep inching up, because immigration-fueled demography is relentless. Still, the enthusiasm for voting remains less than among other groups, e.g. white voters had 48.6 percent turnout in 2010, while 31.2 percent of hispanic voters showed up at the polls.
More than 6.6 million Latinos voted in last year’s election—a record for a midterm—according to an analysis of new Census Bureau data by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center. Latinos also were a larger share of the electorate in 2010 than in any previous midterm election, representing 6.9% of all voters, up from 5.8% in 2006.
Rapid population growth has helped fuel Latinos’ increasing electoral participation. According to the Census Bureau, 50.5 million Hispanics were counted by the 2010 Census, up from 35.3 million in 2000. Over the same decade, the number of Latino eligible voters—adults who are U.S. citizens—also increased, from 13.2 million in 2000 to 21.3 million in 2010.
However, even though more Latinos than ever are participating in the nation’s elections, their representation among the electorate remains below their representation in the general population. In 2010, 16.3% of the nation’s population was Latino, but only 10.1% of eligible voters and fewer than 7% of voters were Latino.
This gap is driven by two demographic factors—youth and non-citizenship. More than one third of Latinos (34.9%) are younger than the voting age of 18. And an additional 22.4% are of voting age, but are not U.S. citizens. As a result, the share of the Latino population eligible to vote is smaller than it is among any other group. Just 42.7% of the nation’s Latino population is eligible to vote, while more than three-in-four (77.7%) of whites, two-thirds of blacks (67.2%) and more than half of Asians (52.8%) are eligible to vote.
Yet, even among eligible voters, Latino participation rates lag those of other groups. In 2010, 31.2% of Latino eligible voters say they voted, while nearly half (48.6%) of white eligible voters and 44.0% of black eligible voters said the same. Continue reading this article
In the CBN video below examining the mushrooming of mosques, even an Islamic leader says, “Most people associate such places with terrorism and they get angry when we talk about building new mosques.”
In an anti-mosque demonstration, a woman says to an imam, “You are ugly creatures. Go away from here back to your motherland.” The imam responds by accusing Russians of being drunks.
Later a young woman in a fur hat voices her fears: “I am scared. They come into our neighborhood and begin to tell us things we can and cannot do. We like to walk our dogs here and have outdoor barbecues, but the Muslims can say you cannot cook pork or walk your dog around here.”
Between one and two million Muslims reside in Moscow alone, with more having come recently due to the break-up of the old Soviet Union.
All in all, the explosion of Muslim diversity in Moscow does not suggest a peaceful future for the city. When a country allows the immigration of historical enemies, it is pretending that human nature, with all its propensity for tribal violence, has taken a vacation. But it hasn’t.
The California Table, a coalition of more than 40 organizations across the state, will host seven townhall forums this April 26 – 30, 2011 featuring Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a champion of champions on immigration reform in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The forums will highlight how our current immigration laws are impacting U.S. citizen and non-U.S. citizen families. Testimonies from a variety of Californians will be heard. The California tour is the largest leg of two national campaigns, the Change Takes Courage Campaign by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), and the American Families and Children Tour by Congressman Gutierrez.
In the attachment section below, you may print and distribute the Petition.
Below, please see the week’s schedule. All forums are open to the public.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
[Also of interest: 4/26, – Hearing in Sacramento on the TRUST Act (Ammiano), which would honor the right of local governments to opt out of the troubled “Secure” Communities immigration program; the program has raised serious safety, civil liberties, and transparency concerns. Contact Jon Rodney at 510-207-9520 for details]
**Note: Rep. Gutierrez will be present at all events below.
REDWOOD CITY. Tues. 4/26, 3:00-4:30pm.
What and where: Town hall, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 178 Clinton St, Redwood City.
Contact: Silvia Ramirez (650)716-7746
Sponsoring organizations: Committee de Padres Unidos; Episcopal Diocese
SAN JOSE. Tues. 4/26, 6:30-8:00pm
What and where: Town hall at Sacred Heart Church, 325 Willow St. San Jose.
Myrick’s Youtube channel has posted a series of informational videos about the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliations. The most recent outlines the connections between the Brotherhood and the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which claims to be a civil rights organization but is the propaganda arm for the terrorist group Hamas, as revealed in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation trial.
CAIR co-founder Omar Ahmad, stated a basic strategy: “I believe that our problem is that we stopped working underground. . . the media person among us will realize that you send two messages: one to the Americans and one to the Muslims.”
CAIR’s message to the Americans is that anyone who objects to the totalitarian objectives of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood is Islamophobic.
Given all this information about the criminal activity of CAIR, why hasn’t the group been prosecuted? That’s what Homeland Security Chair Peter King would like to know. He discussed that subject in a wide-ranging interview with Fox News on Sunday:
Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Peter King of New York is concerned that nefarious political motives led the Justice Department to abandon the terrorist financing prosecutions of several Muslim groups suspected of funneling money to the terrorist group Hamas.
In 2009, the Obama administration declined to seek indictments of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its co-founder Omar Ahmad, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) for their alleged participation in the Holy Land Foundation terrorist funding conspiracy.
King says that despite the concerns of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Dallas, high ranking administration officials unjustifiably dropped the prosecutions of the Islamic groups.
“We have been contacted by former justice department officials, former assistant U.S. attorneys who were involved and are knowledgeable about the case,” King told The Daily Caller. “They were very concerned and angry because the case was ready for indictment and they believe there would have been indictments and convictions.”
King has called on Attorney General Eric Holder to explain the reasons behind dropping the investigation.
“I believe this is part of the whole approach of Eric Holder. Investigating the CIA interrogators, trying to have the 9/11 trials in NY one just flows from the other,” said King. “I believe Holder has a very appeasement-like attitude when it comes to dealing with radical Islam. Obviously if it is a clear case of terrorism he will go after it.
But if there is any ambiguity in his mind, he doesn’t want to get involved, especially with a group like CAIR, which has emerged, unfortunately, as the main spokesman for the Muslim community.” Continue reading this article
A person might think that the authorities wanted as little media attention as possible of a crime where four little children’s throats were slit by their Somali father. Nobody likes that kind of diversity, although there are certainly numerous unhappy immigrants acting out stresses through violence against their own relatives.
Said Biyad is guilty of murdering his four children and assaulting and raping his wife, a judge ruled Friday.
Circuit Judge James Shake issued the ruling after the conclusion of the trial Friday, which featured lengthy and often rambling testimony from Biyad, who claimed three mysterious men in a blue van came into his home on Oct. 6, 2006, demanded $10 million and then murdered his four children, slitting their throats.
The men prevented Biyad from calling 911 but later handed him the murder weapon, a knife, which he put in a dumpster, and told him they could give him a ride to the police station, Biyad testified during the fourth and final day of his murder trial.
When Biyad arrived at the police station, on a bus, he said he told police about the three men but they instead focused on him, asking if he had killed his children and raped and beaten his wife, Fatuma Amir.
And Biyad said the confession that was played in court on Thursday was “made up,” with someone else answering questions from Louisville Metro Police Detective Chris Middleton in English.
“It was unbelievable when I saw me talking all the English,” he said through a translator. “I think the whole thing is made up. …That wasn’t my voice.” Continue reading this article
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