Christians in Egypt under siege as Islamists blame them for coup

posted at 10:41 am on August 8, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Islamists outraged by the popular coup that toppled the Mohamed Morsi government have found a target for their wrath.  CBS News reports that Coptic Christians in the country have been harrassed, beaten, and killed since Morsi’s removal, and now live in fear of even greater violence which Islamists threaten on a daily basis:

It was nighttime and 10,000 Islamists were marching down the most heavily Christian street in this ancient Egyptian city, chanting “Islamic, Islamic, despite the Christians.” A half-dozen kids were spray-painting “Boycott the Christians” on walls, supervised by an adult.

While Islamists are on the defensive in Cairo following the military coup that ousted President Mohammed Morsi, in Assiut and elsewhere in Egypt’s deep south they are waging a stepped-up hate campaign, claiming the country’s Christian minority somehow engineered Morsi’s downfall. …

For the 40 percent of Assiut people who are Christian, life has changed radically. They find their apartment blocks disfigured by painted crosses with a red X painted over them. They stay at home at night. Churches have cancelled afternoon activities. Some of the wealthy have left town.

“We had never experienced the kind of persecution we suffer now. We are insulted every day,” said Nevine Kamal, a 40-year-old Christian pharmacist and mother of two teenagers. “We are angry and frustrated but we are not leaving Assiut,” she said, seated at her desk at the St. George Pharmacy on Youssry Ragheb Street. Under her desk’s glass is a poster of the Virgin Mary and on the wall is an image of St. George slaying the mythical dragon.

Copts had long kept their heads down, politically speaking, during the dictator era in Egypt.  They began to become more politically active after the fall of Mubarak, as did other groups in Egypt, and opposed the power grab by Morsi.  Copts only account for 10% of Egypt’s population, though, so the accusation that they drove the widespread anger and discontent with Morsi’s governance is absurd.  Even so, seven Christians have been murdered over the last few weeks since the coup, and many more injured as Islamists scapegoat them for their own failures.

Speaking of failure, John McCain and Lindsay Graham will come back empty-handed from their attempt to mediate the crisis in Egypt between the military-installed government and the Muslim Brotherhood.  In fact, Clarissa Ward reports that their efforts made the situation even worse:

The military probably won’t take down the camps until after Ramadan ends, as it would be political suicide to do otherwise. However, even after the religious holiday, any action will get a violent reaction, and the Copts had better be prepared for it. Kudos to CBS News for featuring this part of the crisis.


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Looks like obama’s plan is really coming to fruition.

Pork-Chop on August 8, 2013 at 10:42 AM

McCain = the anti-Midas.

BuckeyeSam on August 8, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Give McCain and Graham a chance. With enough time, they’ll have all the Copts dead or refugees in Jordan.

MTF on August 8, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Speaking of failure, John McCain and Lindsay Graham will come back empty-handed from their attempt to mediate the crisis in Egypt between the military-installed government and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Sideshow John and his sidekick were never there to seriously mediate anything. They were there for entertainment purposes, like clowns or a jester.

Flange on August 8, 2013 at 10:51 AM

McCain-Graham efforts ‘backfire’, huh?

Guess none of the ’08 candidates could handle the 2 am call.

socalcon on August 8, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Speaking of failure, John McCain and Lindsay Graham will come back empty-handed from their attempt to mediate the crisis in Egypt between the military-installed government and the Muslim Brotherhood. In fact, Clarissa Ward reports that their efforts made the situation even worse:

Seriously, did anyone here expect anything different? One wonders why they even tried, and why wasn’t John “I was wounded 18 times in Viet Nam” Kerry sent to try and smooth out the mess Obama made. Please don’t tell me he is thinking about running for President again.

Johnnyreb on August 8, 2013 at 10:52 AM

…clowns or a jester.

Flange on August 8, 2013 at 10:51 AM

But, ‘Maverick-y’.

socalcon on August 8, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Let’s send Dole, Gore, Kerry and Romney over there next.

NotCoach on August 8, 2013 at 10:58 AM

But, ‘Maverick-y’.

socalcon on August 8, 2013 at 10:53 AM

I think they perform under the names Mad Rick and Bubbles the Happy Clown. If you’re interested in hiring them for your kids birthday party just contact their agent at the White House.

Flange on August 8, 2013 at 10:58 AM

John and Linda goign’ on a tryst
Syopin’ long enough to steal a kiss …….

Someone else finish this as I just
made myself sick .

Lucano on August 8, 2013 at 11:03 AM

…JugEars gave the Christian emails he was monitoring… to his brothers?

KOOLAID2 on August 8, 2013 at 11:04 AM

That’s ” stopin ‘ ”
Barf

Lucano on August 8, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Let’s send Dole, Gore, Kerry and Romney over there next.

NotCoach on August 8, 2013 at 10:58 AM

No — lets send in the heavy hitter — Jimmy.

unclesmrgol on August 8, 2013 at 11:11 AM

No wonder Liberals and Muslims get along so well: Neither one of them can ever take responsibility for anything and always blame anything bad that happens on someone else.

Socratease on August 8, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Christians in Egypt under siege as Islamists blame them for coup

Must be that damned video, again. It was made by a Coptic Christian born in Egypt.

farsighted on August 8, 2013 at 11:17 AM

On TheBlazeTV broadcast last night, Buck Sexton told Glenn it’s just a matter of days till all-out anarchy in Egypt.

Seems to me like we’re already there, but Buck believes there’s much worse coming.

listens2glenn on August 8, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Praying for the Christians in Egypt.

Hope they seek God’s guidance on the issue. If necessary they should consider leaving Egypt, rather than closing that option. No point in staying there, if things are going to get worse.

CoolAir on August 8, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Is Eric Holder running Egypt also?

faraway on August 8, 2013 at 11:44 AM

McCain, Graham, obummer. These people are demonstrating how clueless they day in and day out. I mean what a train wreck they can effect.

jake49 on August 8, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Hey the Egyptians learned one thing from obama…blame someone else for your stupidity….Of course blame it on the Christians…….maybe next up blame it on Bush…..

crosshugger on August 8, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Egypt should have kept McCain and Ms. Lindsey there, locked up in the same cell.

Schadenfreude on August 8, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Looks like obama’s plan is really coming to fruition.

Pork-Chop on August 8, 2013 at 10:42 AM

You ain’t kiddin’, and more to come.

hawkeye54 on August 8, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Copts, the new JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS!

Resist We Much on August 8, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Copts, the new JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS!

Resist We Much on August 8, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Exactly.

hawkeye54 on August 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM

If the Egyptian Copts start chanting “God Damn America” and “White man’s greed fuels a world in need”, Obama might side with them.

OxyCon on August 8, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Those two should have worn I Go To Church type TShirts while there.

docflash on August 8, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Looks like obama’s plan is really coming to fruition.

Pork-Chop on August 8, 2013 at 10:42 AM

With all due respect, I don’t think Obama has but a passing familiarity with Christianity. IMHO, he routinely misinterprets the Bible whenever he refers to it to support his political positions.

I don’t like what’s happening to Christians in Syria and Egypt. This could be the worst it’s been there in 2000 years.

Paul-Cincy on August 8, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Let me get this straight Obama won’t meet with Putin because of ‘civil rights violations’ concerning gays but he will invite the Muslim Brotherhood to the White House? The same ‘Brotherhood’ who are persecuting, raping, murdering and displacing Christians on a daily basis. Absolutely sickening.

AmeriCuda on August 8, 2013 at 12:30 PM

…By the way. The same Muslim Brotherhood who persecute gays and women beyond anything Putin could imagine.

AmeriCuda on August 8, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Really? I blame it on an internet video.

kirkill on August 8, 2013 at 12:35 PM

If I remember correctly Christians in Egypt were being crucified by muslims just a short while ago after Mubarak went down. They need to leave Egypt or they will all be killed.

I sincerely wish that were not true, but it is. Zero has a lot of blood on his hands.

dogsoldier on August 8, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Under her desk’s glass is a poster of the Virgin Mary and on the wall is an image of St. George slaying the mythical dragon.

What makes him think it’s mythical?

Akzed on August 8, 2013 at 1:02 PM

With all due respect, I don’t think Obama has but a passing familiarity with Christianity. IMHO, he routinely misinterprets the Bible whenever he refers to it to support his political positions.

I don’t like what’s happening to Christians in Syria and Egypt. This could be the worst it’s been there in 2000 years.

Paul-Cincy on August 8, 2013 at 12:24 PM

You are correct about obama – he is only mildly familiar with Christianity and the Bible – everything he knows he has learned from islamic cult texts. But, let there be no mistake – one of obama’s main goals as president is to create an environment which is hostile to Christianity, and which allows the cult of islam to flourish.

Whether it be passing laws which gut Americans’ religious freedom and force taxpayers to fund obama’s anti-Christian agenda, such as obamacare, or, obama directing the IRS to specifically and unfairly target Christian groups, such as those which oppose abortion, or, toppling Mubarak’s stable government and installing the muslim-brotherhood in Egypt, obama’s goal is clear, and his motive are completely transparent.

The world situation for Christians is deteriorating rapidly, the dangers grow every day, but, we need look no further than our own country to see open hostility toward Christianity – it flows like a river of blood directly from the obama White House.

Pork-Chop on August 8, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Smart power.

KMC1 on August 8, 2013 at 1:09 PM

What is old is new again ……………… Islam, the religion of Peace.

SC.Charlie on August 8, 2013 at 1:13 PM

It would be nice if American policy favored tolerance for Christians.

David Blue on August 8, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Speaking of failure, John McCain and Lindsay Graham will come back empty-handed from their attempt to mediate the crisis in Egypt between the military-installed government and the Muslim Brotherhood

Another vacation paid for by our taxes. They knew they would not accomplish anything but stir up more troubles.

sadatoni on August 8, 2013 at 2:31 PM

It would be nice if American policy favored tolerance for Christians.

David Blue on August 8, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Yes, but why would foreign policy in Barry’s admin be any different than its domestic policy?

hawkeye54 on August 8, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Ah yes let’s blame the current detestable leadership, COMPLETELY FORGETTING that lord and savior George W. Bush and his cronies were responsible for the deaths of thousands of Iraqi Christians the destruction of the ancient Christian community there.

Until and unless conservatives uphold and fight for their values, as opposed to the Republican party, you are doomed.

flawedskull on August 8, 2013 at 4:14 PM

What is Arabic for Kristallnacht?

BigAlSouth on August 8, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Christians kill muzzies, Clinton send the wrath and might of the US military into Bosnia. Muzzies kill Christians, Obama says, “Meh.”

deepdiver on August 8, 2013 at 4:43 PM

flawedskull on August 8, 2013 at 4:14 PM

I had another conversation like this earlier today.

If every time someone who voted for Bush or was of the same political party as Bush has to list all the things under his administration they found abhorrent before being “allowed” to criticize the Obama administration, these posts are fixin’ to get very long and very boring.

Obama is into his second term. He owns it. If he has time to write and sign illegal executive orders ignoring duly passed and signed laws for his own personal and political convenience, he has time to right and sign executive orders that undo stupid crap Bush did. If he has failed to do so, he owns it. If it is something similar to an event Bush encountered and screwed up, Obama had plenty of time running for office and being president to review and contemplate his own decision in such circumstances. He owns it!

Failing to list everything bad any prior president did before criticizing the current one does not negate any argument nor indemnify any current crappy decision making.

deepdiver on August 8, 2013 at 4:49 PM