Answering Islamists’ accusations against Copts

T&P has already covered the false accusations that Islamists have done against Coptic Christians.

All of these accusations are as inapplicable to the Coptic Church as they are applicable to Islamists. Let us first examine the context of these charges:

Abducting and torturing female Muslim converts from Christianity.” Context: The wife of a Coptic priest, Camelia Shehata, was reportedly kidnapped by Islamists, but then returned to her family. In response, Islamist leaders began saying that she had willingly run away and converted to Islam, and, in fact, has been “re-kidnapped” by the Coptic Church, which has trapped her in a monastery where she is being “tortured” and “re-indoctrinated” to Christianity.

In fact, the opposite scenario — kidnapping Christian women and forcing them to convert to Islam — is a well documented and a notorious phenomenon in Egypt. So now the Coptic Church is being accused of behaving identically — not just kidnapping, but torturing, brainwashing, and forcing women to convert. Moreover, the fact that Camelia has appeared on video fervently affirming her Christian faith and denying that she ever converted to Islam has been ignored, no doubt because Islam’s ingrained notion of taqiyya, or dissimulation, is also being projected onto the Copts. Finally, Muslims’ own sharia law mandates that Muslim women who try to leave the faith must be incarcerated and tormented until they return to Islam, such as in the recent case of Nagla Imam.

Stockpiling weapons in monasteries and churches to carry out war against Muslims.” Context: On September 15, leading Islamic figure Dr. Muhammad Salim al-Awwa appeared on Al Jazeera, and, in a wild tirade, accused the Copts of “stocking arms and ammunition in their churches and monasteries”— imported from Israel, no less, as “Israel is in the heart of the Coptic Cause” — and “preparing to wage war against Muslims.” He warned that if nothing is done, the “country will burn,” inciting Muslims to “counteract the strength of the [Coptic] Church.” Awwa further charged that Egypt’s security forces cannot enter the monasteries to investigate for weapons (an amazing assertion, considering that Coptic monasteries are not only at the mercy of the state, but easy prey to Islamist attacks, with monks tortured and crucifixes spat on).

Needless to say, such charges are unjustified: in a nation and society where Islam is supreme; where sharia law (which mandates subjugation for non-Muslims via Koran 9:29) is part of the Constitution; where Copts have been conditioned over centuries to be happy just being left alone — is it reasonable to believe that these selfsame, downtrodden Christians, who make up 12%-15% of the population, are planning a violent takeover of Egypt? It is easy to see, however, why such charges resonate with Muslims; after all, Islamists are constantly arming and stockpiling weapons — a Koranic charge — including in mosques, as they prepare to violently seize power across the nations, with Egypt being an especially coveted target. Ironically, Awwa himself ceded that “Muslims are arrested every day [in Egypt] for extremism and the possession of arms.”

Planning to divide Egypt to create a Coptic State.” Context: In a closed conference, Coptic Bishop Bishoy had the temerity to acknowledge history: “Muslims are guests in this country, Christians are the original residents. Prior to the Arab invasion of Egypt, which took place in the seventh century, the majority of Egypt’s population was Christian.” As usual, this otherwise historically accurate observation has enraged Muslims, been denounced by Al Azhar, and cited as “proof” that the Copts seek to divide Egypt and establish their own state.

It is actually Muslim minorities who habitually try to secede from non-Muslim countries, whether by creating their own nations (Pakistan), or creating enclaves in the West. The notion of separating from the infidel is commanded in the Koran (e.g., 3:28, 4:89, 4:144, 5:54, 6:40, 9:23, and 58:22), codified in the doctrine of wala wa bara, and imprinted on the Muslim psyche. Unsurprisingly, then, Muslims have come to project this divisive impulse onto the Copts as well.

Read it all.


13 comments on “Answering Islamists’ accusations against Copts

  1. Violante says:

    Coptic Christians area relic, a historical monument, the UN should protect them, not leave them at the mercy of nations bent in destroying all religions but Islam.

    • Claudia says:

      Hello, Violante, welcome!
      Yes, you’re right, they should be protected. But I doubt they are going to receive any aid from the UN. They are Christians, they are not a security threat and, above all, they have been accused of having links with Israel.

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  3. Violante says:

    Neither the UN nor those Human Right advocates lifts a finger. The Pope is cornered just by fear that any criticism of Islamic actions will make things worse for Christian communities in MUslim countries. But could they get any worse? Do these accusations of Copts (and Christians in general) having links with Israel have any grounds or are just thrumped up charges?

    • Claudia says:

      The Pope is cornered just by fear that any criticism of Islamic actions will make things worse for Christian communities in MUslim countries.

      That’s absolutely right. Christians are already having a truly bad time in Muslims countries (as any other non-Muslims living in Islamic countries).

      But could they get any worse?

      I’m afraid so. Mubarak has allied himself with the Islamists (specially the Muslim Brotherhood) to get their support for his son Gamal, as the next Egyptian president. The price are the Copts: “Considering the citizenship rights Copts enjoyed in the early-to-mid-20th century, how did things come to this pass? Much of this reversion can be traced to Mubarak’s predecessor, Anwar Sadat, who altered Egypt’s Constitution — by adding Article 2, “sharia is the principle source of legislation” — only to be rewarded, ironically, with assassination by the Islamist “Frankenstein monster” he had empowered. Since then, there has been a tacit agreement between the government and the Islamists. As Youssef Ibrahim puts it, the agreement “turned over to Islamists control in media, education, and government administrations in return for allowing Mr. Mubarak’s rule to go on unchallenged, setting the stage … for his son, Gamal, to succeed him. As part of the deal, [Mubarak] agreed to feed Egypt’s Christians to the growing Islamic beast.“

      Do these accusations of Copts (and Christians in general) having links with Israel have any grounds or are just thrumped up charges?

      That I know of? No, they are thrumped up charges. But they serve to that same purpose: find a reason to attack the Copts and made them flee or convert to Islam. The bad state of health of Coptic Pope Shehouda III is making Islamists even more brave against him.
      It’s terrible, but it’s also real. 😡

  4. Violante says:

    Sometimes I wish Israel would use Christians in Arab countries as fifth columnists. After all, Christian fundamentalists are the major allies Zionists have in the USA. I was reading the other day about Christian Bedouin tribes, apparently 24 (members not tribes) are still living in Israel. I wonder where the others went.

    • Claudia says:

      Oops, I haven’t seen this comment… 😳
      Don’t know, Violante. I think Christians are truly afraid at the situation they see everyday around them. These news are striking, shocking and disagreeable. For us, they are just that, news. But this people are living there. I guess no one wants them to be in a greater danger they are already.

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  6. Violante says:

    But things are not going to get better for them. Such old communites. Copts were there before the Arabs. It´s so terribly unfair, specially in view of how the world sheds tears over Palestinians.

    • Claudia says:

      No, of course they aren’t going to be. But we have only to consider how most of the governments behave with Muslim extremists. Here they are doing very little to stop them. If you denounced these facts, you’re an Islamophobe and have nearly to ask for forgiveness about your lack of humanity and your racism.
      Secondly, there is another point here: the victimization of the Palestinians, even of the terrorists, makes very difficult for the people to understand, how badly this people live, thanks to Islamic regimes, as the only bad guys, according to MSM, are Israelis. 😥

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