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Obama Still Silent as Al-Qaeda Leader Calls for Violence Against Christians in Egypt

Posted on February 25 2011 5:00 pm
Lisa Graas has covered politics and religion at her blog since 2008. She has served as a crisis pregnancy counselor, youth speaker, mental health advocate and legislative consultant.

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The Obama Administration, which has called for the Muslim Brotherhood to be a part of the process of selecting a new government in Egypt, continues to be silent about Egyptian Christians even as the Egyptian military launches RPGs against Christian monasteries. So, too, there remains no reporting in the Western “mainstream media” about these attacks on Christians or the protests by Christians who marched yesterday to Cairo’s Tahrir Square. This morning comes news that Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Muhammad Rabaie al-Zawahiri has called for violence against Christians in Egypt.

Why does the Obama Administration acknowledge the voice of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt but ignore the voices of Christians, even as monks are under attack? Is it due to incompentence? Or is it really true that the Obama Administration is more sympathetic to Islamists than to Christians? It’s a question that deserves to be answered clearly.

Nina Shea reports this morning about a letter from an Egyptian friend stating that Al-Qaeda leaderAyman Muhammad Rabaie al-Zawahiri has decided to take a strong leadership role, if you will, regarding Christians in Egyptian society.

Al-Qa’ida’s number two leader . . . Egyptian born Ayman al-Zawahiri has issued (actually yet to be released!!!!) a three-part message commenting on events in Egypt. In his second part of the message series, Zawahiri spends considerable time inciting violence against Coptic Christians and the Coptic Church. Zawahiri stated that Copts were one of the main problems leading to the situation facing Egypt today.

Two days ago, the Washington Post reported that the Egyptian military cabinet, which many who are concerned about radical Islam had hoped would maintain power when Mubarak stepped down, has “reshuffled” its membership. We are told that two of these new members are Coptic Christians, but even as recently as one hour ago, as I write, it was reported that “tens of thousands” of protesters in Tahrir Square are demanding continued “reform” of the  military cabinet. Clearly, it is no longer reasonable to give any kind of blanket approval to the military cabinet as it is unknown what loyalties will end up there. Meanwhile, as the military has been busy engaging in RPG fire and small arms fire against multiple Christian monasteries in Egypt, even knocking down monastery walls, the future of Christians in Egypt appears grim indeed.

Next: Does the President Prefer Al Qaeda to the Christians?

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