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Posted by addisethiopia on May 27, 2017

One Of The Oldest Communities Of The Faithful Is Under Siege — And The World Must Act

Worldwide attacks on Christians are at a level not seen since the first centuries of Christianity, as Pope Francis noted recently.

The attacks are so frequent and so deadly — which risks not just “compassion fatigue,” but indifference. A systematic genocide is occurring not just in Iraq and Syria but in Nigeria and in many other countries, which can no longer be denied. The Coptic Christian community of Egypt, which makes up about 10 percent of Egypt’s population and existed long before Islam reared its conquering head, has suffered more than most — and is now suffering again with the third attack in the last two months.

At least 26 Coptic Christians, including many children, were on their way from Cairo to Minya, to the monastery of St. Samuel to pray. They were harmless pilgrims. The Islamic State, which has claimed responsibility for previous attacks, has called the Copts their “favorite prey,” and since the Manchester attack days ago, little children seem to be particular favorites.

Much condemnation has already been expressed, the same words from the politicians after each attack; but there seems to be little outrage and even less action. World leaders do not gather in Cairo to march arm-in-arm, as they did, with a million people in Paris after the Charlie Hebdo massacre. There are no vigils for the Copts, no minutes of silence — the Copts seem to be very far away and very insignificant.

Persecuted Christians, said a senior figure in the current administration to a source of mine, have “no constituency.” If that cynical fact is true, there is only one group to blame: those who call themselves Christians, both the leadership of the church and the millions who attend divine worship each Sunday.

Most ordinary believers feel powerless to do anything and, in fact, do not know what to do. That can change — and the “constituency” can become very real and very powerful. Just weeks ago, the vice president of the United States spoke at the World Summit on Persecuted Christians, an event organized by the Rev. Franklin Graham, in Washington, D.C.

Vice President Mike Pence promised that “protecting and promoting religious liberty is a foreign-policy priority” of the Trump administration. Is there any more simple way of protecting religious liberty than allowing men, women and children to go to pray at a monastery without being slaughtered?

There are two very practical ways the protection and promotion of religious liberty can actually be a foreign-policy “priority”: money and immigration. The U.S. provides $1.3 billion each year in military aid to the Egyptian government.

Just days ago, President Trump said Egyptian President Al-Sisi was doing “a tremendous job” — but not apparently so tremendous when it comes to protecting the indigenous and ancient Christian community of his own country. Within the last week, in Saudi Arabia, Trump gave what many are calling the strongest challenge to Muslim leaders in decades.

He then signed a multimillion-dollar arms deal with the Saudis. Saudi textbooks, Saudi-trained imams and Saudi-sponsored mosques spread the most virulent and extreme form of Wahhabism. Cut the money if there is no promotion and protection of religious liberty.

Victims of genocide must be given priority to emigrate to the United States and other countries of their choice. It would, indeed, be a tragedy for Christianity to disappear from the very place it came to birth, especially Egypt — which sheltered the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph when they faced persecution. Nevertheless, it may be politically incorrect to prioritize Christians for immigration.

Yet at the judgment seat, we will not be asked whether we were politically correct. We will be asked what we did for our suffering brothers and sisters.

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Franklin Graham Condemns Islam, Terror In Wake Of Manchester Attack

” I’ve got news for them…” declaring Islam “a threat to our very way of life.”

In a pair of Facebook posts following the attack that killed 22 people and injured more than 100, Graham shunned efforts by some to praise Islam while disavowing terrorists

Islam targets the weak,” he wrote Tuesday.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the horrific carnage of Monday night’s bombing in Manchester, England, targeting children, teens and their parents who were attending a concert. They’re proud of this despicable and cowardly act,” Graham wrote.

As Graham called for prayers for those injured and grieving in the wake of the attack, he also called for prayers “that God would give wisdom to our leaders in combating this and the courage to identify what it is by name — Islamic terrorism, as President Donald J. Trump has done.”

Graham said Trump “was so right when he called the Manchester Islamic terrorists ‘losers.’ The truth is, they’re losers in this world and in the next. The president said, ‘This wicked ideology must be obliterated.’”

Graham said the ideology of the terrorists is flawed.

Jihadists following this are taught the lie that if you kill an infidel (a Christian or a Jew) and die in doing so, you will go to paradise where 70 virgins await you. I’ve got news for them: Hell awaits, with real flames and real fire,” he said.

Graham said that Muslims who want to avoid hell should be taking a different road.

Hell is a real place — and so is Heaven, but there is only one road to Heaven. Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’ (John 14:6). It is my prayer that Muslims around the world will come to know the truth and put their faith in Jesus Christ and Him alone,” he wrote.

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በሉሲፈራውያኑ ዘንድ ረመዳን የሽብር እና የግድያ ወር ነው | Gunmen Massacre Coptic Christians in Egypt, Killing at Least 26

Posted by addisethiopia on May 26, 2017

ክርስቲያን ወገኖቻችንን እየጨፈጨፏቸው ነው | በሉሲፈራውያኑ ዘንድ ረመዳን የሽብር እና የግድያ ወር ነው

እኛ ደግሞ ቅዱስ የሆኑትን የእግዚአብሔር በዓላትን፤ የክርስቶስ እርገትን እና ጰራቅሊጦስ (መንፈስ ቅዱስ) ወይም ጴንጤቆስጤን (በዓለ ሃምሳ) የምናከብርበት ዕለታት ናቸው። ሰይጣን በዚህ ደስ አይለውም፡ ልጆቹም ይከፋሉ፣ ክፉ የስጋ ገዳዮች ይሆናሉ፣ ዓይናችን እያየም ወደ ገሃነም እሳት አብረው ይገባሉ። ከየትኛው ወገን ነን?!

On May 22, Satan murdered 22 kids, today, on May 26, it massacred 26 Children of The Lord Egziabher

Satan’s month of blood sacrifice (Ramadan) has begun. Yesterday, it was Manchester and the Philippines, Today Cairo, and tomorrow all over Africa, Europe and Asia. Take note: the father of the Manchester bomber, Salman Abedi is named Ramadan Abedi.

Was Satan Jealous of President Trump that He Didn’t Come to Pegamon and Bow Down Before His Altar?

President Trump is in Europe, after visiting the seat of Satan in Saudi Barbaria, and the former President Obama is trolling Mr. Trump by traveling to Berlin and taking the idea of a shadow government to a new level. Imagine the uproar if the then President Obama was followed by ex-President Bush to meet European leaders in Europe. Of course, Mr. Obama was there at the Brandenburg Gate, near the Pergamon Museum – where ‘Satan’s Altar’ is on display – and at the very same spot where he was ‘anointed’ to become the president of the US, back in 2008.

In these days, we Christians celebrate two of the nine great feasts of the Church: yesterday, The Feast of the Ascension of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ, and on Sunday, The Feast of Pentecost or Parakletos.

Satan – which is always not far away from Holy People, Holy Places and Holy Days – doesn’t like that – therefore it trolls Christians wherever they go — it wants blood.

Gunmen Ramadan -a Month of Death and Terror | Gunmen Massacre Coptic Christians in Egypt, Killing at Least 26

The fate of the Coptic Christians of Egypt should serve as a warning to all those of other faiths who live alongside Muslims!!!

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Christian Children Kicked Out Of School For Refusing To Wear Hijab Or Recite Koran

Posted by addisethiopia on November 5, 2016

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Schools across Egypt are forcing girls of every religion to wear the Muslim headscarf and children of both sexes are being punished if they cannot quote the Koran off by heart.

Even Muslim girls who refuse to wear a hijab are being forced out of school in a country where Coptic Christians have previously been able to live free of persecution.

Rahman Salem, 12, was ordered to leave her lesson and banned from taking part in any activities at her school in the Delta, northern Egypt.

Other pupils gave her nasty looks and started leaving the Muslim girl out over the incident.

She said: “I was made to stand all alone in the school courtyard.

The headmistress later came to me and said: ‘Here in school, you put on the headscarf. Outside, you may do as you wish.’

“No girl can show up with her hair showing. They all have to wear the hijab.

“Christian girls have to wear the hijab. As soon as the end-of-day bell rings, they start taking it off.”

Her mother said: “I was told ‘Stop being an idiot! Don’t you want your daughter to be decent?’.

“I was shocked when other mothers stopped me at the gate. ‘What’s that? How can your daughter show up like this?’

I re-inspected my daughter’s uniform, and incredulously asked what was wrong. ‘Her head and neck have to be strictly covered!’”

Last month another school in the same province of Sharqia put in force rules to make all female students wear a hijab, with the al-Nassiriya School’s headteacher posting a large sign saying Islam dress is now part of the girls’ uniform.

And Christian seven-year-old Viola Samir told how her Islamic religious studies teacher held eight Christian pupils in her class of 35 children back.

The teacher then beat anyone who had not learnt the Koran off by heart.

Usually, Christian students in Egypt move to a different classroom during religious studies classes where they learn about Christianity while Muslims stay and learn about Islam.

Viola’s father told Christian persecution website, World Watch Monitor: “When my daughter told the teacher that the extra texts were not part of the Arabic curriculum [which all students have to learn], she was severely punished by her teacher.

“The Christian religious studies teacher complained to the headmaster, but he took no disciplinary action against the Muslim teacher.

In the end, the teacher allowed the Christian children to leave the class to join their Christian studies class.”

Another parent in a different school in the same town of Samalout, 155 miles from Cairo, said his 11-year-old son son was caned for not reciting verses from the Koran.

He said: “”Once, the teacher, Mohamed, caned Abanob on the back of his hands, afterwards forcing him to stand with his face to the board and both arms up in the air for the entire length of the lesson.

My son had failed to repeat the Koranic text by heart when prompted to.”

All the parents said their children now hate going to school and are often absent due to bullying from both teachers and children.

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Coptic Christians Not Christians, Evangelical Leaders Need Reminded

Posted by addisethiopia on February 20, 2015

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Twenty-one Egyptian Christians who were being held by Islamic extremists were executed yesterday. They were decapitated. They were killed because they were not Muslims and because that’s what the extremists do…they kill people, savagely, brutally, horribly, sinfully.

Regardless of the religion of those twenty-one people, the world should be outraged. The western world should be horrified. Americans should be disgusted. American evangelicals should be saddened and brought to our knees in sorrow and prayer. We should be brought to our knees in sorrow and prayer not because the Coptic Christians – as they’ve come to be known – are Christians who share our saving faith in Jesus. Coptic Christians (by their confession) do not share our saving faith in Jesus. That should make no difference to the sadness of this tragedy…except, perhaps, make it sadder and even more tragic.

Southern Baptist and evangelical leaders were stumbling over themselves yesterday in a race to demonstrate who was the most sympathetic to our fellow Christians and these brave martyrs for the faith.

Do Southern Baptist leaders and other evangelicals really not know what a Christian is or how you become one? Is it being born into an ethnic group that denies the dual-nature of Christ in his full deity and humanity? Is it embracing a meritorious, works-based salvation nearly identical to that of the Roman Catholic church? Is it in aggressively denying salvation by a personal, saving relationship with Jesus Christ? We ask because that’s what Coptic ‘Christians’ believe. This really isn’t new, and we have to wonder why our leaders don’t know what Coptics believe and if they do, what on Earth makes them think they should be categorized as Christians.

Now, sure. In the broadest possible (and most inaccurate) sense possible, the term Christian is applied to the Coptics for the same reason it is applied to Roman Catholics by major media. To secularists, all one has to be to be considered Christian is to call themselves one. In this same sense, the press refers to cultists like the LDS and Jehovah’s Witnesses as Christians as well. There should be no outrage that the press calls them such, or even their outrage representative to evangelicals, Todd Starnes. We get it; they don’t get it. But why again do our Southern Baptist leaders not grasp that?

Maybe it’s one of those “Today we are all Republicans” type things – the expression used by Ronald Reagan’s surgeon the day he was shot – and often used to express solidarity to those suffering. A few weeks ago we are all Charlie Hebdo. So maybe what they mean is, “Today, we are all Coptics.” I think we’re fine with that, in a way. But that’s a far cry from saying, “Today, Coptics are Christians.”

Now is not the time to discuss doctrinal differences! We can hear that echoed now. How dare you, in a time of tragedy! Frankly, now is not the time to confuse for the entire blooming world what it means to be a Christian. We cannot consider the Coptics an unreached people group by the IMB one day and then call them Christian martyrs the next. Why anyone should have to point this out to our SBC president is beyond me.

What’s at stake, you see, is the Gospel. May God forbid our (good and honorable) desire to show sympathy for temporal suffering lead us to say careless words that might lead to eternal suffering. The Coptics, by their confession, believe in salvation-by-works. They need to be evangelized, and they need to come to Christ. Please love the group known as ‘Coptic Christians.’

Please pray for them.

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Ed Henry Challenge WH Spokesman on Islamic State: ‘Why Did You Not Say 21 Christians Were Killed?’

White House press secretary Josh Earnest was pressed on Wednesday as to why he did not identify the 21 victims of an Islamic State beheading as Coptic Christians, as opposed to just Egyptian citizens.

At one point, Earnest said, “I can’t account for that specific line of the statement.” However, he asserted the Egyptians were killed because they were Christians.

You talked about the murder of 21 citizens. I’m just curious, why didn’t you mention it was 21 Christians killed by Muslims? Is that relevant?” Fox News reporter Ed Henry asked.

Earnest answered, “It sure is.”

The ISIL extremists that carried out this attack indicated the reason they were killing them is not just because they were Egyptian but because they were Christian,” Earnest said. “I think the president has been very clear. The president talked about this in his prayer breakfast speech earlier this month. There is a responsibility for people of all faiths to stand up and speak out when individuals try to use faith and distort faith to try to justify an act of violence.”

On Wednesday during the press briefing, Henry followed, “Why did you not say 21 Christians were killed?”

Earnest responded, “I can’t account for that specific line of the statement.”

But we’ve been clear that we condemn this murder. The president was clear in the op-ed that was publish today and on a variety of occasions I think I’ve been pretty clear here,” Earnest said. “We’ve been pretty clear here that we condemn this outrageous killing of these Egyptian citizens because of their Christian faith.”

Henry went on to question Earnest about why the White House “invoked faith” when three Muslim students were killed in North Carolina, but not when Islamic State terrorists beheaded 21 Coptic Christians. Local authorities in the North Carolina slayings believe that the deadly incident was the result of a long-running parking dispute, not religion.

US Official: ISIS Will Not Join Boko Haram Due to Racism

A U.S. intelligence officer told NBC News the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) will not likely team up with Nigerian radical Islamic group Boko Haram in any official capacity due to the group’s racism against black Africans.

“The Arab world is incredibly racist,” the officer explained. “They don’t see black Africans as equivalent to them.”

Boko Haram has repeatedly praised the Islamic State and showcases its flag in many videos, but the Islamic State has not shown any brotherly love towards their comrades in Africa, other than reports indicating that the groups are in communication. The officer also said there is no evidence that the two groups will merge soon.

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Egypt: 1000 Years Later Muslims Burning Again Churches – But They Can’t Extinguish Christianity

Posted by addisethiopia on August 16, 2013

For if we do evil on purpose after we have had the knowledge of what is true, there is no more offering for sins, but only a great fear of being judged, and of the fire of wrath which will be the destruction of the haters of God.” [Heb 10:26-27]

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Alexandria

1.Father Maximus Church

Arish

1.St George Church | Burned

Assiut

1.Good Shepherds Monastery |  Nuns attacked

2.Angel Michael Church | Surrounded

3.St George Coptic Orthodox Church |

4.Al-Eslah Church| Burned |

5.Adventist Church | Pastor and his wife kidnapped |

6.St Therese Church

7.Apostles Church | Burning |

8.Holy Revival Church | Burning |

Beni Suef

1.The Nuns School

2.St George Church

Cairo

1.St Fatima Basilica | Heliopolis | Attempted Attack

Fayoum (Five churches)

1.St Mary Church | El Nazlah |

2.St Damiana Church | Robbed and burned

3.Amir Tawadros (St Theodore) Church

4.Evangelical Church | al-Zorby Village | Looting and destruction

5.Church of Joseph | Burned |

6.Franciscan School | Burned |

Gharbiya

1.Diocese of St Paul | Burned |

Giza

1.Father Antonios

2.Atfeeh Bishopric

Minya (Around twelve churches)

1.Church of the Virgin Mary and Father Abram | Delga, Deir Mawas |

2.St Mina Church | Abu Hilal Kebly, Beni Hilal | Source

3.Baptist Church | Beni Mazar | Source

4.Deir Mawas Bishopric

5.Delga Church | Attacked (Previously attacked with fire)

6.The Jesuit Fathers Church | Abu Hilal district

7.St Mark Church | Abu Hilal district

8.St Joseph Nunnery |

9.Amir Tadros Church |

10.Evangelical Church |

11.Anba Moussa al-Aswad Church

12.Apostles Church |

Qena

1.St Mary’s Church | Attempted Burning

Sohag

1.St George Church |

2.St Damiana | Attacked and burned |

3.Virgin Mary | Attacked and burned |

4.St Mark Church & Community Center

5.Anba Abram Church | Destroyed and burned |

Suez

1.Holy Saviours Anglican Church |

2.Franciscan Church and School | Street 23 | Burned |

3.Holy Shepherd Monastery and Hospital |

4.Good Shepherd Church (molotov cocktail thrown)- Relationship with Holy Shepherd Monastery unknown.

5.Greek Orthodox Church

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Saudi Arabia Destroys Its Own Mosques – Egypt Using Them as a House of Torture for Christians

Posted by addisethiopia on March 28, 2013

My note: An unstable, poor and desert country of Egypt which always exists at the Mercy of Ethiopia (Nile Waters) is showing an interest to join the club of emerging economies, BRICS, whose leaders have just reached a deal to create a development bank that will rival Western-backed institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

Egypt, which exhibits evil acts of committing genocides and other despicable atrocities against its Christian population, has been blocking financial aids to Ethiopia from such international organizations as the IMF and World Bank. Now it is aiming to manipulate the BRICS nations by expressing its willingness to join them. I hope these nations will be wise enough not to be tricked into giving such a desperate state like Egypt, even as a candidate for BRICS status.

Egyptian mosque turned into house of torture for Christians after Muslim Brotherhood protest

EgyptCoptPersecutionIslamic hard-liners stormed a mosque in suburban Cairo, turning it into torture chamber for Christians who had been demonstrating against the ruling Muslim Brotherhood in the latest case of violent persecution that experts fear will only get worse.

Such stories have become increasingly common as tensions between Egypt’s Muslims and Copts mount, but in the latest case, mosque officials corroborated much of the account and even filed a police report. Demonstrators, some of whom were Muslim, say they were taken from the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in suburban Cairo to a nearby mosque on Friday and tortured for hours by hard-line militia members.

They accompanied me to one of the mosques in the area and I discovered the mosque was being used to imprison demonstrators and torture them,” Amir Ayad, a Coptic who has been a vocal protester against the regime, told MidEast Christian News from a hospital bed.

It will only get worse,” said Gabbay. “This has been a longstanding conflict, but now that the Muslim Brotherhood is in power, it is moving forward to implement its ideology – which is that Christians are supposed to become Muslims.

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Christians slaughtered, world yawns

Across our world in which 7.1 billion people dwell, 2.2 billion (or 31 percent) are Christians. They pray in mega-churches across America, in isolated villages in China, and in thousands of places in between.

More and more, they pray in fear. That’s because, as the Hudson Institute’s Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, and Nina Shea outline in detail in their new book, Persecuted, Christians are under “global assault.

Christian persecution occurs across Asia, Africa, and the Greater Middle East; it ranges from restrictions on worship to assassination for owning a Bible; and it occurs due to government sponsorship (e.g., in North Korea, Vietnam, China, Burma, Saudi Arabia, and Iran), social intolerance (in Nigeria and Iraq), or acts of terrorism from Muslim extremists (e.g., in Somalia and Afghanistan).

Persecuted2(Additional note: Two years ago, 35 Ethiopian Christians working in Saudi Arabia were arrested and detained by the kingdom’s religious police for holding just such a private prayer gathering in Jeddah Saudi officials strip-searched all the women and subjected them to an abusive body-cavity search, and assaulted the men. In a remarkable prison interview with the Voice of America’s Amharic-language service, one of the women, who contracted an infection from the search, attested: “We are traumatized by the strip search. They treated us like dogs because of our Christian faith. While talking about me during a recent visit to the prison medical center, I overheard a nurse telling a doctor ‘if she dies, we will put her in a trash bin.’”)

Though the world’s remaining Communist countries persecute the most Christians, the authors write, “It is in the Muslim world where persecution of Christians is now most widespread, intense, and ominously increasing.”

Among those assaulted with violence on a horrific scale have been the young, fast-growing churches of Nigeria and South Sudan, which are seen as a threat to Muslim hegemony. Individual converts from Islam, such as Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani in Iran, are particularly at risk of being put to death or otherwise harshly punished by either the governments or extremist elements within society in significant parts of the Muslim world. They are denounced as apostates.”

But ancient churches, including Iraq’s Chaldean and Assyrian churches and Egypt’s Coptic churches, are under attack as well.

In some places, governments are increasingly tightening the screws on Christians or stepping aside while extremist groups do it for them. In others, like Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan, there are hardly any screws left to tighten because the governments don’t even allow churches in which Christians might worship.

As remarkable as the global assault, however, is the relative silence by global leaders and the media. Though Christians are overwhelmingly the leaders of governments across the West, no national leader has seen fit to call much attention to the horror.

How many more Christians around the world must die before global leaders, the media, and others of influence gives this horror the attention it deserves?

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Saudi Arabia destroying Muslim heritage of Mecca

There is a veritable industry out there producing an endless stream of “reports” about imaginary Israeli efforts to destroy, damage or defile Muslim sites, in particular the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. I have repeatedly written about this vicious campaign that goes back to the days of Haj Amin al Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem, who later gained notoriety as a Nazi collaborator. Many recent examples of this ongoing incitement have been compiled by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), and for the very latest installment, you can always turn to the website of Quds Media Center.

The manufactured outrage that usually accompanies the false reports on invented Israeli transgressions against Muslim holy places stands in stark contrast to the docile silence that has allowed Saudi authorities to transform Islam’s holiest places into glitzy luxury destinations.

However, by now several reports highlighting the destruction of historic Islamic sites in Saudi Arabia have appeared in the media. A CNN report includes some fascinating photos dramatically illustrating how much reckless construction has transformed the area of Islam’s holiest site.

The Independent asked “Why don’t more Muslims speak out against the wanton destruction of Mecca’s holy sites?”

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