This popular post was first published here on Feb. 11, 2011.
On January 31, in response to a question about the Muslim Brotherhood‘s participation in the political process in Egypt, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that “increase in democratic representation has to include a whole host of important non-secular actors…” He did not indicate whether that should include the Christian community. Since the Coptic Christians in Egypt, who have been experiencing massacre by Islamists, represent close to the same percentage of the population as the Muslim Brotherhood, shouldn’t President Obama seek to be as clear on the need for their involvement as he has been on involvement by the Muslim Brotherhood?
Why are the White House and the leftist media encouraging promotion of Muslim Brotherhood involvement but ignoring the Christian community and other minority religious groups persecuted by Islamists in Egypt?
While it is true that there are some Muslims in Egypt who sympathize with the Coptic Christians, and its also true that Christians are playing a role alongside Muslims in the protests against Mubarak, let us not fool ourselves. Christian involvement is urged on, due in large part to President Mubarak’s inability to provide security for them in Egypt, as they face massacre in the wake of a sharp rise in Islamist militancy; that is ignored by the world ’s top Islamic scholars based (where else?) in Cairo.
On New Year’s Day it became crystal clear that Islamist militancy is a serious problem in Egypt when a Christian church filled with worshippers was bombed in Alexandria. Twenty-one Christians were killed. The pro-government media warned that the attack was part of a plot to incite civil war.
Protests by Christians and clashes with the police that erupted after Saturday’s attack could worsen and plunge Egypt into a new spiral of sectarian violence, the government and independent newspapers said. The papers also urged the government to give serious consideration to the plight of the Copts who account for up to 10 percent of Egypt’s 80-million population and often complain of discrimination. “Someone wants to make this country explode… We must realize that there is a plot aimed at triggering religious civil war,” the pro-government daily Rose al-Yussef said. Egyptians should foil attempts by “terrorists” to strike at the country, it said.