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No Sane Christian African Should Support Egypt, Tunisia & Morocco at The World Cup

Posted by addisethiopia on June 23, 2018

May all these three cruel and rude nations leave Christian Russia soon!

Here is why:

Many Egyptian Christians Feel Left Out of World Cup

Egypt’s first World Cup in 28 years has captivated the soccer-crazy nation, with intense focus on the squad and the broader game.

The Egyptians played the first match of the tournament June 15 and held two-time World Cup winner Uruguay scoreless for 89 minutes, until conceding a late goal and losing 1-0.

Still, the performance – with star striker Mohamed Salah injured on the sidelines – attracted international praise and gripped the millions of people gathering in groups across Egypt to watch their team together.

It was a welcome distraction for Egyptians who are struggling under harsh economic conditions. The 3-1 loss in the next match to host Russia, even with Salah back in the lineup, ended Egypt’s chances of advancing beyond the group stage. Despite the loss, the love and respect enjoyed by the team and the players remained intact.

Yet it wasn’t an entirely unifying experience.

For the country’s Christians, about 10 percent of the population, the composition of the team and the way the squad was perceived highlighted what they believe is a problem with the sport in Egypt.

No Christian has been on the national soccer squad for more than a decade, and just one played for any of the 18 top-flight clubs last season.

Egyptian coaches and officials dismiss any suggestion of discrimination, but Christians disagree. Egypt’s Christian spiritual leader has broken the church’s silence on the issue by publicly complaining about their disproportionate representation in the sport.

Egypt’s all-Muslim World Cup squad is known for being pious. The team even chose make its World Cup base in Muslim Chechnya.

The national squad has been nicknamed the prostrators because the players offer a Muslim prayer when they score. They regularly pray together when in camp and read the opening verse of the Quran before kickoff. Some perform the Muslim ritual wash before games. Generally, they frame competition, wins and defeats in religious terms.

Hassan Shehatah, one of Egypt’s most successful coaches, said nearly a decade ago that, to him, a player’s religious piety was as important as his skills. Hassan led an all-Muslim squad to win three of Egypt’s seven African titles between 2006 and 2010.

When goalkeeper Ahmed Elshenawy was named man of the match against Uruguay, he refused the Budweiser-sponsored award on religious grounds.

The perceived exclusion of Christians from top flight soccer and the national team is at odds with the outreach to the ancient community by Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Egypt’s general-turned-president who led the military’s 2013 ouster of an Islamist president. El-Sissi has emphatically and repeatedly spoken about inclusion and sectarian harmony. However, his government, critics and some Christians say, has failed to shield the community from the day-to-day discrimination, particularly in rural areas with less state authority and religious tolerance.

Pope Tawadros II, head of the Orthodox Coptic Christians and a close el-Sissi ally, rarely speaks publicly of discrimination, but has recently waded into the issue with uncustomary bluntness. “It’s extraordinary that all of Egypt’s football teams don’t have a single Copt who has good legs and who kicked a ball on the streets when he was little,” he said.

Ahmed Hossam, a retired striker – and a Muslim who played for some of Europe’s biggest clubs – was more blunt.

He claimed in a recent television interview that youth team coaches were driving Christians away.

Regrettably, there’s a lot of people in Egypt who are bigoted over color, religion and ethnicity,” Hossam, better known as Mido, said. “We must confront them and not bury our heads in the sand. Can you believe it that in the history of football in Egypt, only five Christians played at the top level?”

As the only Christian on his soccer youth team, Ramon Zhery says he tried everything he could to blend in with his teammates. At the end, it was not enough. Zhery, now 28, plays for a third division club in southern Egypt. He says discrimination against his faith kept him from rising further.

Speaking to The Associated Press, Zhery recounted how he tried to establish harmony with his teammates and reassure them that, though a Christian, he was just another player like them.

When they huddled before kickoff to recite the Quran’s opening verse – a ritual meant to serve as a plea for divine help – he whispered a Christian prayer to himself. When at camp, he woke up before everyone and went about rousing them to perform the dawn prayers, one of five that Muslims offer daily.

Mohammed Salah is a world star and he prostrates every time he scores and everyone knows he is a Muslim,” said Zhery.

The Christians’ response to their perceived exclusion from domestic soccer has been “church football” – a nationwide league of five-a-side teams that is played mostly on church grounds or rented pitches.

Andrew Raafat, a physical education teacher who tried his luck in club soccer before he settled for a coaching job at a Cairo Church, says some of the better young players he works with want to play at the top level.

I cannot tell them that they will never be selected,” Raafat said. “They get selected sometimes, but they are later let go.”

Selected Comments:

Christians better wake up. The rest of the world is not interested in living in harmony with you or treating you fairly.

Crux: when selection is not based mostly on merit, Egypt is sending a soccer team that is not as good as it coulf be. Prayers aren’t gonna solve their insufficiency. They reap what they sowed…

Well, the Egyptian soccer player PRAYERS must not have been effective…. They still lost miserably. Now we know why – they are not right with god, but seek god’s favor….

Render unto soccer that which is soccers.

Christians in the ME should be given their own country….sort of like Israel.

That was called Lebanon….but Muslims got a foothold….and you know the rest.

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DISCRIMINATION AGAINST COPTS IN EGYPTIAN SPORT CLUBS


This report has been sent to the FIFA officials directly, and submitted online via the new FIFA complaint mechanism.

Copts have been struggling with widespread, comprehensive and systematic religious, governmental and societal discrimination, which extends to all aspects of life in Egypt, including sports and soccer. During the past half-century, an infinitely small number of Coptic footballers – no more than 6 – have managed to join top flight soccer clubs. Some of those have spoken out about the rampant religious intolerance and the difficulties they have encountered. For instance, former Coptic footballer Ashraf Youssef told a newspaper that his teammates refused to eat with him simply because he is Christian (1). There are currently 540 players in the top-flight soccer clubs in Egypt, and that number includes only one Coptic footballer. The Egyptian Olympic Mission to Brazil in 2016 was completely devoid of Copts, and the same applies to the Egyptian National Team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Not a single Copt can be found in either the main team or the reserve, and it follows that there are no Coptic sports commentators anywhere in official Egyptian media outlets or in private Muslim-owned media.

Coptic Solidarity has filed a formal complaint with FIFA in 2016 to investigate the widespread sports and soccer discrimination against Christians in Egypt. This Complaint prompted many Christians to speak up about the significant religious discrimination in soccer, which amounts to sports racism. A number of moderate brave Muslims have also addressed the same issue.

In Egypt, we have a large number of racists who do not try to hide [their racism],” said renowned international player Ahmed Hossam – known as Mido – in a TV interview. He frankly wondered, “Does it make sense that throughout the entire history of soccer in Egypt, there have only been five Christian footballers at the top level? There are many Christian children who are not allowed to continue to play because of the racist attitude of certain coaches. I have proposed that Christians should make up at least 10% of all junior teams in order to resolve this problem”(2).

In another TV interview, footballer and sports commentator Khalid Al Ghandour mentioned a racist incident against a Coptic person at Minya Sports Club. The caller, Shenouda Wahba, reported that one of his relatives had signed up for soccer tryouts at Minya Sports Club. The club’s technical director rejected him and stipulated that he should convert to Islam in order to be selected. Mr. Al Ghandour concluded by saying, “No one knows more than I do that there are Christian soccer talents treated unfairly in Egypt, it is absurd that there are 18 major soccer teams, and not a single Coptic player in any of them” (3).

Strangely, instead of investigating this racist incident, the Sports Media Committee rebuked Khalid Al Ghandour, claiming that his statements provoke sedition and fanaticism!!!!(4).

An altercation, seen on TV, between Al Ahli club technical director, Mr. Ikrami, and a young Copt named Pierre Zouhair Shafiq, took place when the young Christian man expressed his desire to join Al Ahli. When Ikrami found out that Shafiq and his colleague were Christians, he pointed to the main door of the club and told them to get out (5). Shafiq’s colleague recalled the incident in another TV interview and confirmed that Ikrami threw them out after realizing they were Christians (6).

In an interview with Al Youm Al Sabee newspaper on March 22, 2018, Pope Tawadros II, who usually steers clear of the issue of Coptic rights, said in answer to a question about the lack of Coptic soccer players, “Do not ask Copts about this, rather address the question to clubs and playgrounds, how likely it is that there is not a single Coptic footballer to be found in all Egyptian soccer teams?!!”(7).

At the well-known club Al Ahli, a Christian child named Tony Atef was rejected because he had a cross tattooed on his wrist. The media picked up on the incident, which forced the club to reconsider and accept him to avoid a possible scandal (8).

Dr. Yasser Ayoub, the most renowned sports reporter in Egypt, wrote several articles explicitly stating that there is widespread sports discrimination against Copts. In one of them, he observed, “It is neither logical nor natural that we do not have a single Coptic soccer player in all of the Official Egyptian league teams … One of the real reasons for this situation is the implicit oppression of Copts, which is not acknowledged due to ignorance and intolerance, or out of fear of offending sensibilities and causing tension” (9, 10, 11).

Mr. Ayoub reiterated in another interview, “Anyone who tries to prove that Christians are discriminated against in soccer is considered an agitator who is sowing sedition, so the issue is only raised in secret, while everyone denies it publicly” (12).

Egyptian intellectual Dr. Khalid Montaser put it in a nutshell in an article in Al-Watan Egyptian newspaper, “There is a chronic red line set against admitting Christians to soccer teams in Egypt  … We are a racist state par excellence, and a nation adept at discriminating between its children by means of religion, and this is the reason we did not even have 10 Christian footballers over the past 100 years … If a Christian excels and tries to join a team, the coach may sing his praises, but then turns him down because ‘he is unfortunately a Christian’”(13).

Author Sami al-Behairy told one such story: his Christian friend Maged Nabih Mikhail had passed the tryouts in Al Ahli club, performing well in front of the foreign coach. However, an official at the club asked about his name to issue a player I.D., and once he realized he is Christian, he simply told him: “Sorry, we cannot admit you into the team” (14).

Famous Art critic Tariq al-Shennawi raised a question in his column at Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper about the reasons for Coptic absence in soccer, stating, “The undeniable fact is that there is a distinct Coptic absence in soccer. Are Muslim families no longer willing to let their children play soccer with the children of their Coptic neighbors?”(15).

Writer Osama Ghareib responded to this question in the same newspaper, “Copts are being excluded from soccer because they are being increasingly accused and labeled as infidels,” he explained, adding that “Exclusion from soccer is not the only repercussion, as the infidel label may make them targets for murder and rape…. Since the majority of sports officials in major clubs are newly religious, you will not find one among them who would welcome a Christian child even if his talent exceeded that of famous international footballer Messi “(16).

Mada Masr online Newspaper published an Arabic/English report on the marked exclusion of Copts from professional soccer in Egypt, highlighting a number of cases that were excluded for religious reasons (17, 18).

Writer Tawfiq Humaid called on international player Mohammed Salah to lend his support to the efforts to end religious bias in sports against Christian Egyptians. He reminded him that were he a Christian, he would not have had the opportunity to play professional soccer in Egypt; and on the other hand, if the Western World did not consider competence to be the sole criterion, Salah would not have achieved international status (19).

Islamization of Sports

The problem of Coptic absence from soccer teams reflects a wider phenomenon, namely the Islamization of Egyptian society, including sports. In Egypt, the national soccer team is known as “the kneeling team” i.e., those who kneel down to worship in the Islamic way. Former technical director of the Egyptian national team, Hassan Shehata, used to have a Muslim cleric accompany the team on international trips to recite the Quran. He once said in an interview that “a player’s relationship with God and his proper behavior are important factors when he selects players who represent Egypt internationally”(20).

In an article published in Al-Ahram newspaper, researcher Wahid Abdel-Majid criticized Shehata because of the way he mixed religion and sports (21).

This general push for Islamization is reflected in the pressure put on foreign non-Muslim coaches and players to convert to Islam. Some of them have already converted to Islam so as not to lose their jobs, while others refused to, including Ivorian footballer Coulibaly who left the Egyptian team, later stating that they wanted him to convert to Islam (22).

Islamization of sports was also manifested in such statements made by Al-Azhar Institution, “Every goal scored by Mohammad Salah promotes Islam in Europe, makes English people sing the praises of Islam, and changes the way Europeans view the [Islamic] beard” (23, 24).

Coptic Reaction to Discrimination in Sports

As frustrated Copts struggle to find a way around the prevalent discrimination in sports, their options remain limited. In fact, filing complaints is about the only thing they can do, given that all sports clubs are under the supervision of the Egyptian State, and consequently their exclusion from soccer is a State policy.

A book entitled “A Goal in the Playground of Fanaticism”, published in 2010, explored in detail the exclusion of Copts from Egyptian playgrounds. Nour Qaldis, the book’s author and a Christian journalist at Coptic newspaper Watani, highlighted a large number of cases where talents were rejected on religious grounds. The book reached the conclusion that discrimination against Copts in sports is a far-reaching phenomenon, and that preventing young Copts from joining youth teams is a strategy designed to ensure that no Copts will be able to qualify for official soccer teams (25).

The only option left to Coptic churches was to organize church tournaments in small playfields within these churches, which at least gave Copts the chance to practice. However, this option is still flawed, since these are small Playgrounds, lacking professional capabilities and the ability to nominate Coptic players for official clubs (26).

Last year, a young Christian man founded the “Je Suis” Academy as a way to bring together talented Copts who were rejected by major clubs. He rented soccer fields in remote areas, thus allowing them to develop their skills. However, limited resources remain a problem, as well as the unchanging attitude of professional clubs which continue to reject those talented players

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የ ኮፕት ወንደሞቻችን ቀብር | ብርሃንም በጨለማ ይበራል፥ ጨለማም አላሸነፈውም

Posted by addisethiopia on May 16, 2018

በትናንትናው ዕለት ኮፕት ክርስቲያኖች፡ ከእንባ እና ደስታ ጋር፡ ለዎቹ ኮፕት ሰማዕታት አካላት ዕረፍትጧቸው።

የታረደውን አባቱን ፎቶ የሚነካው ክርስቲያን ህፃን ልጅ በጣም ያስለቅሳል።

የዲያብሎስ ልጆች ሞራላችንን ለመስበርና እኛን ክርስቲያኖችን ለማዋረድ ሞክረዋል፤ አልተሳካላቸውም፤ የመዋረጃቸውና ደም የማልቀሻቸው ጊዜ ተቃርቧል፡ ወዮላቸው!

የነገውን የ”ዕርገት ዕለት” ለሰይጣን ረመዳን መጀመሪያ ዕለት ማድረጋቸውም ብዙ ነገር ነው የሚጠቁመን።


Tears And Joy As Egyptian Christians Killed In Libya Laid To Rest


Tears mixed with joy on Tuesday as the remains of 20 Christians were laid to rest in Egypt’s Minya province more than three years after they were kidnapped and beheaded in Libya in an attack that provoked rare Egyptian air strikes.

The return of the bodies of 20 Egyptian Copts has brought families in rural Egypt a chance for some closure after years in mourning with little hope of having the bodies of their loved ones being recovered for burial.

“Everyone stood beside the martyr that belongs to him and cried a little, but they were tears of longing, nothing more,” said Bishri Ibrahim, father of Kerolos, one of the victims, at the funeral service at a church in the village of al-Our in Minya province, where they were all laid to rest.

“But we are happy and joyful that they have returned to the village. This is a blessing for the country and to all Copts all over the world,” he added.

Thirteen of the 21 Libya victims came from al-Our, a rural town of around 10,000 people south of Cairo.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi ordered the Church, named The Church of the Martyrs of Faith and Homeland, to be built soon after the incident and dedicated in their memory.

Sisi also ordered a wave of air strikes on the Islamic State’s militant bases in Libya.

The remains of the victims, who were flown from Libya about a private jet to Cairo on Monday night, were placed inside cylinder-shaped containers covered in velvet cloth with the names of each victim and interred under the church altar.

Families said the burial place would be opened as a shrine for visitors.

The victims had been among the many poor Egyptians who risked their lives to find work in the lawless chaos of Libya following the downfall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and civil war.

A video posted by Islamic State in January 2015 showed 21 people — 20 Egyptian Copts and one Ghanaian Christian — lined up on a Libyan beach in orange jumpsuits before they were executed.

“I wanted to see Milad come back from Libya on his feet after his struggle and hard work to earn a living in a harsh life abroad,” 55-year-old Zaki Hanna, the father of one of the victims.

“But thanks be to God, he died a hero, did not beg anyone to spare his life and he and his brothers, the martyrs, did not abandon their faith or homeland.”

Bashir Estephanos, whose two younger brothers were killed by Islamic State in Libya, said all Christians in al-Our village had been praying for the past three years for the bodies of the “martyrs” to be found.

Libyan authorities recovered the bodies in October after the area where they were buried was recaptured from the militant Islamist group.

“Our prayers were answered, so thanks be to God from the bottom of our hearts,” he said, speaking before the bodies arrived in the village.

The head of the Coptic Church in Egypt, Pope Tawadros II, was at the airport to receive the remains when they arrived in Cairo on Monday night.

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ግብጽ | በሙስሊሞች ታርደው ለሰማዕትነት የበቁት 20 ግብጻውያን አስከሬን ካይሮ ገባ

Posted by addisethiopia on May 15, 2018

... 2015 .በሊቢያ ውስጥ በሙስሊሞች አንገታቸውን ተቆርጠው ግብጽ ለሰማዕትነት ካበቃቻቸው 21 ሰማዕታት ክርስትያኖች መካከል የ 20ዎቹ ሰማዕታት አካላት አስከሬን ትናንትና ሰኞ ከሚስራታ ከተማ ወደ ካይሮ ተመልሷል። ከፍተኛ የጸጥታ ጥበቃ በነበረው የካይሮ አውሮፕላን ማረፊያም የግብጽ ኦርቶዶክስ ቤተ ክርስቲያን ሌቀ ጳጳስ በአቡነ ታዋድሮስ 2 አቀባበል አድርገውለታል።

30ዎቹ ወንድሞቻችንስ?

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በግብፅ የሚጠለፉት ክርስቲያን ሴቶችና ልጃገረዶች ቁጥር ጨምሯል፡ ጉዳዩም አሳሳቢ ደረጃ ላይ ደርሷል

Posted by addisethiopia on May 3, 2018

ባለፈው ወር ሰባት ኮፕት ክርስቲያን ሴቶችና ልጃገረዶች በግብጽ ተጠልፈው ጠፍተዋል።

ሴት ልጆቻቸውን ወደ እስልምና ለመለወጥ ሲሉ ሙስሊሞች እንደጠለፏቸው ሁሉም የቤተሰቦቻቸው አባላት በአንድ ድምጽ ተናግረዋል።

የክርስቲያኖቹ መጥፋት ለፖሊስ ሪፖርት ቢደረግም ባለሥልጣናቱ ምንም ለማድረግ ፈቃደኞች ባለመሆናቸው ቤተሰቦቻቸው ክስ አቅርበውባቸዋል።

በግብፅ የሚገኙ ክርስቲያን ሴቶች ለማሰብ የሚከብዱ ብዙ ችግሮች ያጋጥሟቸዋል፦

ማህበራዊ መድልዎ ይደረግባቸዋልይጠለፋሉሃይማኖታቸውን በግዳጅ እንዲለውጡእንዲገረዙበጥቁር ልብስ ተሸፋፍነው እንዲሄዱ ይገደዳሉ፣ የአካላታቸው ክፍሎች ይሠርቁባቸዋል

ይህ በምዕራቡ ዓለም እምብዛም የማይታወቅና አሳሳቢ የሆነ ክስተት ነው ክርስቲያን ሴቶች እና ልጃገረዶች አስገድዶ መድፈር እና ወደ እስልምና እንዲቀይሩ መገደዳቸው እምብዛምም አይነገርለትም። ከ 2011 .በፊት በመላው ግብፅ ምናልባት ስድስት ወይም ሰባት ልጃገረዶች ላይ ይህ መሰል ኢስበዓዊ ተግባር ይፈጸምባቸው ነበር፤ አሁን ግን ቁጥሩ በብዙ ሺዎች እየጨመረ ነው።” በማለት የኮፐት ክርስቲያኖች ጠበቃና የሰብአዊ መብት ተሟጋች የሆኑት ሳዳ ፋውዜ ይናገራሉ። በተለይ እጅግ በጣም ወጣት የሆኑ ክርስቲያን ልጃገረዶች ለሙስሊሞች ጥቃት የተጋለጡ ናቸው።

ለምሳሌ የ 14 ዓመቱ ናድያ ማካም፡ እ... 2011 . በቤተክርስቲያን የቅዳሴ ሥነስርዓት ላይ እያለች ተጠልፋለች። እስካሁን የትና እንዴት እንዳለች የሚታወቅ ነገር የለም፤ ከዚያን ጊዜ ወዲህ ቤተሰቦቿ ከእሷ ጋር ምንም ግንኙነት የላቸውም። በሃዘንና በጭንቀት የተሞሉት የናድያ እናት ልጃቸውን ሙስሊሞች እንደጠለፉባቸው በይፋ ቢያሳውቁም ፖሊሶች ግን ለመርዳት ፈቃደኞች አይደሉም፤ እንዲያውም የልጃቸውን ጉዳይ እንዳያነሱባቸው በተደጋጋሚ አስጠንቅቀዋቸው ነበር።

ምንጭ

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ትናንት ቁልቢ ዛሬ ካይሮ | ከመስጊድ የመጡ የዲያብሎስ ልጆች 8 ኮፕት ክርስቲያን ወገኖቻችንን በካይሮ ገደሉ

Posted by addisethiopia on December 29, 2017

እነዚህ የዲያብሎስ ልጆች ትናንትና በቁልቢ ዛሬ ደግሞ በካይሮ በክርስቲይኖች ላይ በደል ፈጸሙ። የእነዚህ እርኩሶች ዲያብሎሳዊ ሥራ ማቆምያ የለውም፤ ለእነርሱ ጸሎት የሚያደርስ ወገን ካለ ይጸልይላቸው፤ እኔ ግን ለእነዚህ ቆሻሾች ወደ ሲዖል ፈጥናችሁ ግቡ! እላለሁ

A Look at Recent Attacks on Egypt’s Coptic Christians

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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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Christians Shed Tears of Joy as Cross, Symbol of Christ’s Victory Over Evil, Is Back in Iraq

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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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