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August 17, 2013

Egyptian Army Promises To Rebuild Coptic Churches

The Obama administration backed the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Morsi in the recent Egyptian elections and is now playing slap-tickle-hide-the-pickle with General Abdel Fattah el-Sissi. But General Sisi doesn't play with terrorists nor does he play with weak American Presidents.
Western allies warned Egypt's military leaders right up to the last minute against using force to crush protest sit-ins by supporters of the ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, arguing they could ill afford the political and economic damage.

A violent end to a six-week standoff between Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and the armed forces that toppled Egypt's first freely elected president seemed likely once the new authorities declared last week that foreign mediation had failed.

But the United States and the European Union continued to send coordinated messages to army commander General Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and Interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei during the four-day Eid al-Fitr Muslim holiday that ended on Sunday, pleading for a negotiated settlement, Western diplomats said.

"We had a political plan that was on the table, that had been accepted by the other side (the Muslim Brotherhood)," said EU envoy Bernardino Leon, who co-led the mediation effort with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns.
The position taken by the US government is: Waaaahhhhhh! We talked to the terrorists and they liked us! They really, really liked us! And you don't like us! Waaaaahhhhh!
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was unusually forthright in condemning the imposition of a state of emergency - a throwback to the nearly 30 years of authoritarian rule under U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak, toppled by a popular uprising in 2011.
News flash for our SecState! While Europe (inhabited mostly by Christians) evolved into democratic forms of government, the Near East (inhabited mostly by inbred Muslims) was under autocratic rule since ... ooh 700 AD or thereabouts. Remember the Ottomans (the Turks, not the foot rests)?

And of course let's just ignore the fact that the "democratic" supporters of Morsi are burning dozens of Christian Coptic churches and massacring their parishioners. After all, they're just acting out what the Democrats in America are thinking.

And while the America SecState ignores the pillaging of the Coptics by radical Muslims, General Sisi has already responded:
The Egyptian defense minister has ordered the repair and reconstruction of all churches that suffered damage in the country’s violent demonstrations since the Egyptian military removed President Mohamed Morsi from power last month.

Defense minister Col. Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi intends to fix the damage to Coptic churches at Rabaa Adaweya and Nahda squares, according to a report by the Mid-East Christian News.

Dozens of churches were attacked and burned in riots after thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities to demand the end of what they call military rule, following the removal of Morsi on July 3. Many of Morsi's supporters have voiced criticism at Egypt's Christian minority for largely supporting the military's decision to oust him from office.

“The Egyptian defense minister ordered the engineering department of the armed forces to swiftly repair all the affected churches, in recognition of the historical and national role played by our Coptic brothers,” read a statement that aired on Egyptian television.

Bishop Mousa thanked Sisi for his efforts to repair the damaged churches.

“We thank Col. Gen. Sisi for commissioning the brave Egyptian armed forces to rebuild the places of worship damaged during the recent events,” Bishop Mousa said on Twitter.

4 comments:

Anam Cara said...

Yeah. Right. And he's going to restore the lost lives, too, I expect.

sig94 said...

Anam - The Coptic Church comprises 10% of Egypt's population. I have a pastor friend who was the coordinator for Christian outreach for North Africa (which includes Egypt). Christianity isn't doing as bad as people think, it is just real low key due to the radical Muslim elements. But still, under current Egyptian law, it is illegal to destroy churches.

The Coptics have been there since before the rise of Islam, if the Egyptians wanted them gone, they would have been gone centuries ago.

Your skepticism is certainly justified and we'll all wait and see what happens to these promises.

Gorges Smythe said...

No dis-respect, but I believe the term "radical muslim" is repetitive, sort of like saying "wet water." We need to understand that ALL muslims are radical, or they wouldn't be followers of mohammed in the first place. Most are just wise enough to be low-key about it when people are watching.

christian soldier said...

Your site has been on my roll since its beginning-2008-
Have not been 'here' in awhile-
Will be coming back more often-
Thanks for your and the commenters takes on the Christian HIStory of Egypt..
Carol-CS
LA Lutherans For Life