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Videos of Coptic Orthdox Churches in Egypt (Only Egypt videos of Churches)
edited December 1969
Pray for the people in Egypt for they are being killed by mulsims everyday.
Pray that the mulsims will eventually stop what they are doing.
If you want to see more watch these videos from google.
Here is another couple of videos you might want to see.
Today I discovered that there was another attack in Egypt again on the day of my birthday.
Read this as soon as possible.
Anti-Christian Violence Continues in EgyptBy James Heiser
In the aftermath of a Christmas season filled with anti-Christian violence in Nigeria, Iraq, and Egypt, Christian leaders around the world have called for prayers for those undergoing persecution, and have also called upon the governments that have thus far proven impotent to stop such attacks to step up to their responsibility to protect their citizens. Though Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak tried to claim in the aftermath of the detonation of a car bomb outside a church in Alexandria that “all Egypt is the target” of such jihadist terrorism, such claims ring hollow with the Coptic Church, which has suffered widespread persecution, especially when there are claims that Egyptian security forces (which are supposed to prevent such violence) withdrew from protecting the church shortly before the bomb was detonated.
The bombing in Alexandria was not the end of jihadist terrorism; now an Egyptian police officer has gone on an anti-Christian shooting spree. It appears that the true character of Egypt’s government is being revealed. The response of the Mubarak government to Pope Benedict’s appeal on behalf of Coptic Christians has been to call the Egyptian Ambassador to the Vatican back to Egypt for consultations. According to an article at CatholicHerald in the U.K.:
“Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, whose formal title is Secretary for Relations with States, met the ambassador, Lamia Aly Hamada Mekhemar, just hours after she was told to return to Cairo in the wake of her government’s displeasure with Pope Benedict XVI’s appeal to the country to protect Christians.
The Vatican said in a written statement that it “fully supports the government’s concerns about ‘avoiding an escalation of clashes and tensions for religious reasons,’ and appreciates the efforts that it is taking in this direction.”
Egypt had described as “unacceptable” the Pope’s remarks about recent attacks against Christians in Egypt.”
What had Benedict said which Mubarak found “unacceptable”? Again, according to the CatholicHerald:
“In an address to diplomats Pope Benedict recalled the December 31 bomb attack on a Coptic Orthodox church in Alexandria that left 23 people dead.
He said the Alexandria bombing and attacks on Christians in Iraq were “yet another sign of the urgent need for the governments of the region to adopt, in spite of difficulties and dangers, effective measures for the protection of religious minorities. Need we repeat it? In the Middle East, Christians are original and authentic citizens who are loyal to their fatherland and assume their duties toward their country.”
Hossam Zaki, Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman, said the Pope’s statement represented “an unacceptable interference in its internal affairs” and announced it was recalling its ambassador to the Vatican “for consultation.” ”
In essence, Benedict’s words are not vastly different from some of the things that Mubarak had said; the difference may be that Benedict meant them. The Coptic Church is not under the authority of Rome, or any of the other historic churches of the West. In fact, the Coptic Church has long been divided from the Roman Catholic Church and other historic communions of the Western Church, as well as many within the Eastern Orthodox churches, because the Coptic Church is among those that rejected the so-called “Chalcedonian Definition” decreed by the Council of Chalcedon in 451 A.D. (The current head of the Coptic Church is Pope Shenouda III.) But while divided from the Copts over doctrinal differences, Christians of the East and West feel a connection to those who are suffering for the Christian faith at the hands of Jihadist butchers, and they share a measure of the frustration that Copts feel when the Egyptian government merely pays lip service to their security. The murderous shooting spree of an off-duty policeman depicts a more honest view of life for Christians in Egypt than will be offered up by a hundred speeches by Hosni Mubarak. An article at Catholic Culture (“Policeman shoots 4 Christians in Egypt”), captures a sense of the fear that Copts must endure merely going out in public:
Less than two weeks after a church bombing in Alexandria left 21 Coptic Christians dead, an off-duty policeman shot four Christians on a train, killing a 71-year-old man. A fifth person was also wounded.
“This lunatic went up and down the coach looking for Christians,” said Coptic Orthodox Bishop Morcos of Shobra El-Kheima, who had spoken with witnesses to the shooting.
“Seeing a group of girls and women who were not wearing the [Islamic’ veil], he took them for Christians and fired, shouting Allahu Akbar [Allah is great].”
The new attack on Christians came just after the Egyptian government announced that it was recalling its ambassador from the Holy See, in a protest against the Pope’s statement that the country must do more to protect Christians.
The world has already seen what happened to the Punjab Governor in Pakistan, Salman Taseer, when he (as a Muslim) challenged the use of the death penalty in blasphemy cases, and sought to free a Christian woman who was falsely accused of blasphemy: He was murdered by one of his own security guards. After the assassination, Taseer’s murderer was praised by 500 “moderate” Muslim scholars and clerics, and 1,000 Pakistani lawyers have now signed a petition in support of the assassin. When agents of the state in Pakistan and Egypt now willfully join the jihad, or (as is alleged) withdraw their protection before a bombing transpires, it becomes clear that little confidence can be placed in such governments to offer the most basic protection to their citizens. While the news media in the United States now revels in a seemingly endless discussion of the Tucson tragedy and the actions of one allegedly deranged killer, the systematic slaughter of Christians is barely afforded a few seconds as an anchor read. According to the U.S. State Department’s website:
The U.S. has a large assistance program in Egypt and provides funding for a variety of programs. Through its Human and Economic Sector Development cash transfer program, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting benchmarks that aim to stimulate the small and microenterprise sectors, improve budget transparency to increase macroeconomic stability, and improve the trade regime and business climate. To support the Middle East peace process through regional economic integration, the United States permits products to be imported from Egypt without tariffs if they have been produced by factories registered in Qualified Industrial Zones and 10.5% of the inputs of these products originate from Israel.
Leaving aside for the moment the constitutionality of any such assistance program, many Americans may feel that it makes sense to use the suspension of this aid to send a clear signal to the Mubarak regime. The latest stunt — withdrawing the Ambassador to the Vatican — communicates quite clearly that the Egyptian government does not expect to be held to anything more substantive than words when it comes to protecting its people from jihadism. American taxpayers may wonder why such a regime should be the recipient of their tax dollars, or, for that matter, enjoy favored trade status.
Governing by Islam
Kayfa Nahkum bil-Islam fi Dawlatin Asriyya (How to Rule by Islam in a Modern State?); Ahmed Shawqy al-Fangary; General Egyptian Book Organisation; 2010
The General Egyptian Book Organisation (GEBO) is the largest publishing house in the Middle East. Fully funded by Egyptian government, GEBO is expected to publish books stressing the State’s commitment to civil and citizenship rights. It is by no means GEBO’s role to circulate books adopting Islamist trends or the concepts circulated by the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Yet a book entitled Kayfa Nahkum bil-Islam fi Dawlatin Asriyya (How to Rule by Islam in a Modern State?) by Ahmed Shawqy al-Fangary casts doubts over the role GEBO is assigned to play and whether it has the right to spend public funds in spreading ideas contrary to the State’s orientation. The book has already been printed four times.
In his 257-book, Dr Fangary argues that “Utopia” can be reached on earth under the rule of Islam—as applied under Prophet Mohamed and the four “Rightly Guided” caliphs.
Islam is the answer
In the first chapter, the author criticises ruling regimes in both the Arab and Islamic worlds; be they kingdoms, republics, military or civilian regimes, he says that ultimately they end up as dictatorships dominated by opportunists and deviants. He attributes the decay in the economic, political, military, and social conditions of these societies to the absence of authentic Islamic rule. “There are wide gaps separating light and darkness, mercy and injustice, humiliation and pride, oppression and freedom, poverty and prosperity, and chaos and security. ‘Islam is the answer’ is the most credible slogan to be raised,” the author says.
The question that begs an answer is: how can a State print publication support a motto that it banned in the recent legislative elections?
The author goes on to cite the gains made by trule by Islam. “First and foremost, it implies obeying God’s commands .God said in the Qur’an ‘If any do fail to judge by what Allah hath revealed, they are unbelievers.’ Second, it must be noted that Islam contributed greatly to the progress of humanity. Societies can move forwards by two means: either through science and knowledge as in the case of Western democracies—and our peoples need centuries to reach the status these societies now enjoy; or through adhering to religious faith. If we stick to Islamic teachings it can awaken our people and encourage them to be active. The application of hudud [Islamic punishment] is one of the gains achieved by Islamic rule owing to the firmness and justice it provides. Yet the hudud should be applied after social justice and equality are attained; the only way to combat drugs and alcohol is applying the hudud.”
Dr Fangary argues that rule by Islam would provide the means to resolve all our crises, including intractable ones such as sectarian and ethnic cleavages. Yet he does not elaborate on how these problems will disappear. As for the Palestinian cause, he asserts that Islamic rule is the only way to defeat Israel and retrieve Palestine. “Since Israel is a State based on religious faith, nothing can defeat it but a stronger and more righteous religious faith, the writer says. Again, he does not show us how to liberate Palestine.
The second chapter criticises the theory of Divine Governance formulated by Sayed Qutb on the grounds that it does not recognise democracy. When this theory was applied in Iran under the name of velayat-e faqih, he says, it created the class of mullahs and led to the execution of many people. Dr Fangary dismisses contemporary experiences of Islamic rule on the grounds that the visions have not been well-studied, nor is the sense of justice indispensable for guaranteeing shura (consultation) and equality before the law.
According to Dr Fangary, Islamic rule has three pillars: the ijtihad (individual effort and reasoning in interpreting scripture in the light of current contexts) to find solutions to contemporary problems of different kinds; benefiting from Western systems and models that suit Islamic societies; and dismissing non-verified hadith (the Prophet’s sayings) and those that defame Islam.
In the fourth chapter the author poses 14 questions, then paints a rosy picture in answering them. For instance, he indicates that genuine Islamic rule gives much room for opposition and allows the formation of political parties, as well as accepting entertainment and arts such as musical concerts and ballet (although he does not say whether he approves of ballet costumes). He stresses the rights of women and minorities, and dismisses claims that Christians would pay jizya (head tax on non-Muslims under Islamic rule) or be forced to do anything inconsistent with their religious creed.
In the fifth and last chapter, Dr Fangary offers a model of an Islamic constitution that depends on the Qur’an and Sunna (prophetic tradition). According to this constitution, the president of any Islamic nation should not necessarily hold the nationality of the country. Rather, he has just to be a Muslim. This means that Egypt could have a Malaysian or Pakistani president. Indeed Mohamed Mahdy Akef, the former General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), uttered similar notions a few years ago in the context that it was possible for Egypt to have a Muslim Malaysian or Pakistani president but not a Coptic Egyptian one. In the conclusion, the writer reveals his full commitment to the outlooks of the MB when he says “those who raise the slogan of ‘Islam is the answer’ are the good men of our nation”.
In conclusion, we ask: can there be any explicit publicity or official endorsement of Islamist thought than this book? What was the purpose of the publishing committee at GEBO when it approved its publication? Has GEBO transformed itself into a profit-oriented organisation that releases titles guaranteed to sell well since they flirt with religious sentiments, no matter the content or message they convey?
The font looks disgusting.
It is soooooooooooooo small.
Is it only my computer?
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The font looks disgusting.
It is soooooooooooooo small.
Is it only my computer?
Sorry about that I will change the fonts for you.
Cairo — The Egyptian government announced Sunday that it had conclusive evidence that an Al Qaeda-linked Palestinian militant group orchestrated the New Year’s Day bombing outside a Coptic Christian church that killed 25 worshippers and agitated sectarian tensions across Egypt.
Interior Minister Habib Adli blamed the attack on the Army of Islam, an extremist organization based in the Gaza Strip. The naming of foreigners as the culprit may help Egyptian authorities in easing escalating tensions between Muslims and Copts, who make up about 10% of the nation’s population.
Adli indicated, however, that the Army of Islam recruited Egyptians in planning the bombing. Cairo has long accused militants in Gaza — backed either by Al Qaeda or other the radical groups — of using the seaside enclave to plot cross-border attacks to upset Egypt’s tourism industry and inflame religious mistrust.
“We have conclusive proof of their heinous involvement in planning and carrying out such a villainous terrorist act,” Adli said of the Palestinian organization.
Authorities did not disclose what evidence they had. But state-run newspaper Al Ahram reported that the government had confessions from suspects that pointed to the Army of Islam.
The group has denied involvement. “Despite our praise to those who executed the attack, the Army of Islam has no connection to the Alexandria church bombing,” the group said in a statement.
No one has claimed responsibility for the bloodshed. Egypt has accused the Army of Islam of masterminding a 2009 bombing that killed a French tourist and wounded 24 in Cairo’s historic district. Authorities believe the group also was linked to the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Sgt. Gilad Shalit, who has been held captive since 2006.
The New Year’s Day car bombing at All Saints Church in the coastal city of Alexandria stunned Christians and Muslims alike. The attack was followed nearly two weeks later by another assault on Copts when an off-duty policeman opened fire inside a train, killing a 71-year-old man and wounding five other Christians.
A week ago, Egyptian state security court sentenced a Muslim man to death for last year’s drive-by shooting on a church in southern Egypt that killed six Christians. Copts and Muslims have lived in relative peace in Egypt for generations, but Christians are accusing the government of President Hosni Mubarak of ignoring deteriorating relations and a rise in extremism.
“Our government will triumph over terror, and I will do my utmost to maintain unity between Egyptians,” Mubarak said Sunday in a televised speech during a ceremony honoring police officers. “I will not be lenient with sectarian actions from either side and will confront their perpetrators with the might and decisiveness of the law.”
By Jeffrey Fleishman
Los Angeles Times
I will not post anymore information on this website if there is any attacks in Egypt.
If you want to see the post go to this website everyday and look for the attacks in Egypt.
Is that the correct URL? I am mobile and can't check but the word orthodox is misspelled.
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Is that the correct URL? I am mobile and can't check but the word orthodox is misspelled.
That's how I spell it.
Here is the new website again.