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AP: Christians Face Backlash (!) Over Mori Ouster

From the Associated Press:

Egypt’s Christians face backlash for Morsi ouster

By HAMZA HENDAWI [sic] | July 10, 2013

CAIRO (AP) — With a mob of Muslim extremists on their tail, the Christian businessman and his nephew climbed up on the roof and ran for their lives, jumping from building to building in their southern Egyptian village. Finally they ran out of rooftops.

Forced back onto the street, they were overwhelmed by several dozen men. The attackers hacked them with axes and beat them with clubs and tree limbs, killing Emile Naseem, 41. The nephew survived with wounds to his shoulders and head and recounted the chase to The Associated Press.

The mob’s rampage through the village of Nagaa Hassan, burning dozens of Christian houses and stabbing to death three other Christians as well, came two days after the military ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi from power. It was no coincidence the attackers focused on Naseem and his family: He was the village’s most prominent campaigner calling for Morsi’s removal.

Some Christians are paying the price for their activism against Morsi and his Islamist allies in a backlash over his ouster last week.

We are a little shocked to see an AP story with the words ‘Muslims’ and and ‘backlash’ in it, that isn’t a warning against a possible backlash against Muslims after the latest terrorist attack.

Since then, there has been a string of attacks on Christians in provinces that are strongholds of hard-liners. In the Sinai Peninsula, where militant groups run rampant, militants gunned down a priest in a drive-by shooting as he walked in a public market.

Egypt’s Christian minority, about 10 percent of the population, long shunned politics for fear of reprisals, relying on their church to make their case to those in power. That changed in the revolutionary fervor when autocrat Hosni Mubarak was toppled in 2011, as Christians started to demand a say in the country’s direction.

But they took it to a new level during Morsi’s year in office and the empowerment of his Islamist allies. The new Coptic Christian pope, Tawadros II, enthroned in November, openly criticized the president. He told Christians they were free to actively participate in politics and that the church will not discourage them.

It was a risky gamble for a minority that has long felt vulnerable, with its most concentrated communities often living in the same rural areas where the most vehement and vocal Islamists hold sway.

In other words, the Christians were ‘asking for it.’ After all, what right do they have to participate in politics?

During Morsi’s year in office, some of his hard-line allies increasingly spoke of Christians as enemies of Islam and warned them to remember they are a minority. When the wave of protests against Morsi began on June 30, Brotherhood media depicted it as dominated by Christians — and to hard-liners, it smacked of Christians rising up against a Muslim ruler…

Funny how we never heard any of this reported until now. When it has been going on for more than a year.

In the week after Morsi’s ouster, extremists carried out attacks on Christians in at least six of the country’s 27 provinces….

In one of the most serious incidents, a mob of Morsi supporters attacked Christian homes and shops in Dalaga, a village in southern Minya province where Christians make up about 35 percent of the population, more than three times the national average. During its rampage, the crowd shouted, "There is no god but Allah and the Christians are God’s enemies," according to police and villager Bushrah Iskharon, who recounted the events in a telephone interview with the AP.

Churches across much of the country have cancelled evening Mass and social activities as a precaution against attacks…

Again, notice how we never heard about any of this from our media guardians, like the AP.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 11th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “AP: Christians Face Backlash (!) Over Mori Ouster”

  1. Enthalpy says:

    How surprising is it that Christians face extinction in the Muslim world; it’s scriptural in a Sharia kind of way.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Kill believers in God

    Seen this movie. Didn’t like it

  3. untrainable says:

    Time to take those ploughshares and pound them back into swords. Or, if they can, pound them into fully automatic assault weapons.

  4. Noyzmakr says:

    Where was the AP when the Muslims were Crucifying Christians on the main streets of Egypt? Where was Hillary Clinton? Where was Lil’ Hussein?

    Crucifixions of dissidents in Egypt and Yemen worry Christians

    They were the head cheerleaders and endorsed these animals!! Eff ’em!

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