by Raymond Ibrahim
Special to IPT News
May 29, 2013
Post “Arab Spring” Egypt continues exposing its true nature, including now legal persecution of Christians. Earlier this month, according to Fox News, Dimyana Abdel-Nour a “pale, young Christian woman sat handcuffed in the courtroom, accused of insulting Islam while teaching history of religions to fourth-graders.” Her accusers are 10-year-old Muslim children who say she “showed disgust when she spoke of Islam in class.”
According to Islamic law, the word of inferior Christians cannot stand against that of superior Muslims—even if they are resentful or confused children.
Released on bail, Dimyana is unable to talk and “suffering a nervous breakdown.”
The report continues:
Criminalizing blasphemy was enshrined in the country’s Islamist-backed constitution that was adopted in December. Writers, activists and even a famous television comedian have been accused of blasphemy since then. But Christians seem to be the favorite target of Islamist prosecutors. Their fragile cases — the main basis of the case against Abdel-Nour’s case the testimony of children — are greeted with sympathy from courtroom judges with their own religious bias or who fear the wrath of Islamists, according to activists. The result is a growing number of Egyptians, including many Christians, who have been convicted and sent to prison for blasphemy…. Part of the Salafis’ antagonism toward Christians is rooted in the belief that they were a protected group under Mubarak’s regime while they, the Salafis, were persecuted. Now empowered, they may be out to exact revenge on the Christians….
My commentary: Lesson #1- speak no truth
Is it strange then that any slight criticism of Islam in this country brings charges of Islamaphobia? Is what Muslims do called Christophobia? No. But its far worse than that. They use a term in the US for criticism of certain people, they call it “hate speech”.(more political correctness) But wait, that does not apply to anti-Christian speech. They apply the term “hate speech” TO Christians, not to those attacking Christians.(then it’s called freedom of religion) See how this twisted process works? Christians can be the butt of criticism but they aren’t immune from personal attacks, or discrimination because of their faith or Christianity. In that case it is legitimate grounds for it.
Recently, John McCain went to Syria to meet with rebels. Then someone noticed the pictures of the people he was meeting with and behold, one of them was party to a kidnapping plot of Christians by Islamists. He was asked about it and he claimed he was unaware of it and if, big if, one of them was part of that he said it would be “regrettable”. Hmmm, regrettable?
Remember this is a man who proposes to arm rebels believing there is no problem in knowing who is who. In fact, the legislation they propose says they will arm and supply “vetted” rebels. McCain stood right there not knowing who he was talking to or dealing with. Great photo-op, John. The irony is lost on McMaverick McCain though. What we can be fairly certain about is their animosity and hatred toward the US and Christians in general. But McCain says its easy to pick out the good ones to arm. (must be a no-brainer)
Nothing new for John McCain, as I was reminded recently on another blog. Back in 2000 McCain called Christians agents of intolerance. He was making a case of an inability to work with the Christian right, calling them a corrosive and corrupting influence on the Party and politics. He accused Bush of pandering to “agents of intolerance”.
Now he wants to arm factions he claims are good guys, even if their first priority is hating Jews and Christians, as the irony in that photo shows. Maybe John ought to figure out, by now, who the real “agents of intolerance” are — or agents of hatred for that matter. But in his typical religion of politics, he will go out to attack Rand Paul or others for suggesting caution is warranted.