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June 27, 2013 1:29 am

Obama to Egyptian Christians: Don’t Protest the Brotherhood

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Pope Tawadros II of Egypt, pictured, held his first Easter Mass as pope at the historic St. Mark's Church in central Cairo. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

As Egyptians of all factions prepare to demonstrate in mass against the Muslim Brotherhood and President Morsi’s rule on June 30, the latter has been trying to reduce their numbers, which some predict will be in the millions and eclipse the Tahrir protests that earlier ousted Mubarak. Accordingly, among other influential Egyptians, Morsi recently called on Coptic Christian Pope Tawadros II to urge his flock, Egypt’s millions of Christians, not to join the June 30 protests.

While that may be expected, more troubling is that the U.S. ambassador to Egypt is also trying to prevent Egyptians from protesting—including the Copts. The June 18 edition of Sadi al-Balad reports that lawyer Ramses Naggar, the Coptic Church’s legal counsel, said that during Anne Patterson’s June 17 meeting with Pope Tawadros, she “asked him to urge the Copts not to participate” in the demonstrations against Morsi and the Brotherhood.

The Pope politely informed her that his spiritual authority over the Copts does not extend to political matters.

Regardless, many Egyptian activists are condemning Patterson for continuously behaving like the Muslim Brotherhood’s stooge. Leading opposition activist Shady el-Ghazali Harb said Patterson showed “blatant bias” in favor of Morsi and the Brotherhood, adding that her remarks had earned the U.S. administration “the enmity of the Egyptian people.” Coptic activists like George Ishaq openly told Patterson to “shut up and mind your own business.” And Christian business tycoon Naguib Sawiris—no stranger to Islamist hostility—posted a message on his Twitter account addressed to the ambassador saying “Bless us with your silence.”

Indeed, the U.S. ambassador’s position as the Brotherhood’s lackey is disturbing—and revealing—on several levels. First, all throughout the Middle East, the U.S. has been supporting anyone and everyone opposing their leaders—in Libya against Gaddafi, in Egypt itself against 30-year U.S. ally Mubarak, and now in Syria against Assad. In all these cases, the U.S. has presented its support in the name of the human rights and freedoms of the people against dictatorial leaders.

So why is the Obama administration now asking Christians not to oppose their rulers—in this case, Islamists—who have daily proven themselves corrupt and worse, to the point that millions of Egyptians, most of them Muslims, are trying to oust them?

What’s worse is that the human rights abuses Egypt’s Coptic Christians have been suffering under Muslim Brotherhood rule are significantly worse than the human rights abuses that the average Egyptian suffered under Mubarak—making the Copts’ right to protest even more legitimate, and, if anything, more worthy of U.S support.

Among other things, under Morsi’s rule, the persecution of Copts has practically been legalized, as unprecedented numbers of Christians—men, women, and children—have been arrested, often receiving more than double the maximum prison sentence, under the accusation that they “blasphemed” Islam and/or its prophet. It was also under Morsi’s reign that another unprecedented scandal occurred: the St. Mark Cathedral—holiest site of Coptic Christianity and headquarters to Pope Tawadros himself—was besieged in broad daylight by Islamic rioters. When security came, they too joined in the attack on the cathedral. And the targeting of Christian children—for abduction, ransom, rape, and/or forced conversion—has also reached unprecedented levels under Morsi. (For more on the plight of the Copts under Morsi’s rule, see my new book Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians.)

Yet despite the fact that if anyone in Egypt has a legitimate human rights concern against the current Egyptian government, it most certainly is the Christian Copts, here is the U.S., in the person of Ms. Patterson, asking them not to join the planned protests.

In other words, and consistent with Obama administration doctrine, when Islamists—including rapists andcannibals—wage jihad on secular leaders, the U.S. supports them; when Christians protest Islamist rulers who are making their lives a living hell, the administration asks them to “know their place” and behave like dhimmis, Islam’s appellation for non-Muslim “infidels” who must live as third class “citizens” and never complain about their inferior status.

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

This article was originally published by FrontPage Magazine.

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  • John Henry

    When the whole story is put together you will be able to see why the whole Obama administration is hated in Egypt.
    The US media says that the present revolution is a military coup which in truth is not. The army has sided with its people, that is how simple it is. Why didnӼt the US support Mobarak two years ago when the army also sided with the people? Why didnӼt they call it a coup? Why didnӼt they ask for the release of Mobarak, their ally for 30 years? Instead Obama ordered, aided and abetted the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. They not only let Mobarak go but also spent 1.3 billion dollars in one year after he was ousted to support democracy as they say, in other words, to pave the way for the BrotherhoodӼs rise to power and they supported it until fraud elections took place. One year after the questionable elections took place, when 95% of the Egyptians revolted against the Obama-appointed and US-financed Islamist president, the Obama administration was so angry and upset and threatened to curtail funding of the Egyptian military in retaliation for deposing the Muslim Brotherhood government. The US Obama and his Kerry and his ambassador Patterson are all shameless hypocrites and liars. I would like to tell you that two or three years ago many of the Egyptians were neutral towards the US but now all the Egyptians hate the US even the minorities they claimed they want to protect. They were actually supporting the regime that was persecuting them. And they know that they are hypocrites and liars but what can you tell the shameless? Google Earth has spotted 17.3 million Egyptians on the streets in the whole country on the first day of demonstrations (June 30th 2013) against Islamist Morsi and more than 30 million two days later. Some called it the hugest mass in recent history. (The CNN and its BBC followers were shameless liars like their masters and said that a few thousands are demonstrating and showed on their TVs only one square in Cairo. They are only puppets of the administration and they claim to be reporters and political analysts). Compare the number of Egyptians who went out for demonstrations to the population of Egypt which is 85 million. Who is this Obama who wants to ruin the people of a whole nation for the immoral US interests? Who is this Obama who is threatening to stop aid to the Egyptian army to punish Egypt? He conspires with this aid and the US-influenced IMF to destroy Egypt and its economy. Egypt of the four thousand year civilization does not need aid from the terrorist Obama who supported the Muslim Brotherhood president who in turn ruined Egypt and its economy in one year only. Who is this Obama who is giving orders to the Egyptians what to do and not to do? Who is this Obama who wants to ruin the lives of 85 million people for his own personal whims? If the American people do not mind to have a president who supports terrorism, then in this case the Egyptians are much wiser than them because they fought back against being ruled by terrorists backed by the US and who threatened them daily. Where was Obama when Morsi played chess with all the judges of Egypt? Where was Obama when Morsi sent his gang thugs to impose siege on the Supreme Court of Egypt for over 2 months to obstruct justice and kick out the judges ? Where was Obama when the Islamic media were threatening the Egyptians daily? Where was Obama when Morsi arrested media perrsonel? Where was Obama when MorsiӼs opponents were arrested? Where was Obama when the Christian minorities were attacked? Where was Obama when Sinia became the main centre for the training of terrorists?. Where was Obama when tens of thousands emigrated and left Egypt? Where was Obama when Morsi broke all the laws of Egypt?. Where was Obama the hypocrite when Morsi made illegal constitution amendment declarations?. Where was Obama when MorsiӼs security apparatus seconded by his gang militias gratuitously killed and tortured hundreds of Egyptians during peaceful demonstrations?. Would Obama be spared had he done the same in the US? Anyone who believes the Obama administration is a fool. Obama and his puppets (Kerry the Secretary of State who telecommutes from a yacht, Hilary Clinton and Patterson and the like) are now hated in Egypt more than Morsi himself. Anyone who has visited Egypt as a tourist knows how much Egyptians warmly welcomed foreigners from all over the world. Imagine how much the Obama administration has done to turn the warm heart of the Egyptians into bitter hatred against the US. And as the conspirators go on conspiring until this moment using underground and dirty means as usual, the Egyptians will fight back for their lives and country.
    Regarding the 2013 revolution; imagine a whole country united against the Obama-backed-and-financed Islamist president. The people, the army, the police, the judges and the media; all were united together to topple the US-backed and US-financed president who was imposed on them. The comedy is that Obama calls him the democratically elected president. Are the Egyptians that stupid or naive to believe this liar. Obama is addressing the West were many but not all are follwing in his path. Unfortunately some countries of Europe are blindly following and unfortunately, if they do not quickly take a diffrent course they will quickly lose the place they have now in the hearts of Egyptians who have suffered greatly the last year under the rule of a ruler who needs mental care. The US backs an international terrorist organization whose headquarters are in Egypt and whose members in Egypt are no more than 150 thousand. During the past two years Obama and his Hilary Clinton have supported this Islamist president with more than 7 billion dollars all of which were used to support terrorism all over the world.

  • Edward Youssef

    Mr Obama you will be burned alive in hell you and your ambassador and your MB .
    Egyptian Medical consultant Suez Egypt.

  • Linus

    Troubling indeed. But the administration does seem dedicated in promoting the undesirable elements of Islam.

    Why, that is the question. But this administration has many double standards. Linus