Trinity Symposia Livestream November 13 – The Un(der)told Story: The Muslim Brotherhood’s Jihad Against the Coptic Church

Open to the public. Livestream here.

WHEN
November 13
7:00 – 8:30 P.M.
Respondent: Maher Matiewh

WHERE
Hinkson Hall

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
2065 Half Day Road, Deerfield, IL 60015
Get driving directions here:
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Our political emissaries and Western media generally have presented the recent unrest in Egypt as a military coup that threatens to undo democracy. This narrative, however, stands on a false presentation of the Muslim Brotherhood.

In this lecture, foreign policy expert and long time Egyptian resident Raymond Stock will offer the untold story: The Muslim Brotherhood is a fanatical group born in Egypt in 1928, which is dedicated to subjugating all Christians, killing all Jews and conquering the earth for Islam. Radical Islamists have been “cleansing” Christians from most of the Middle East for the past decade, and this has intensified, in scale and force, in Egypt since the July removal of President Mohamed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader. The group and its Salafi allies are waging jihad against the Copts, the world’s oldest Christian community. Learn more about how this has happened and how Christians can respond.

Egypt: Christians Still Threatened by Islamic Insurgency

An Islamic-led insurgency threatens one of the world’s oldest Christian communities. Even though it’s been several months after Egypt’s president has been ousted out of office, militant Muslims are still blaming neighbouring Christians for the uprising. Now believers are facing almost daily attacks against them, like the one that claimed the life of a 10-year-old girl by the name of Jessi. Length 5:45 From Christian World News.

VIDEO by VOM

With the Brotherhood in Egypt: from coup to crackdown (10 min video inside the protest)

The Muslim Brotherhood supporters: Egypt is not secular, it’s Islamic. One older protester holds a white burial shroud in his hands, the symbolism pronouncing death to democracy.

Channel 4 News (A UK TV News team) films during the 6 week camp out of Muslim Brotherhood supporters and the army’s crackdown (at about the 7th minute – footage here is from a protestor)

VIDEO by Channel 4 News

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Persecution sweeping across Middle East and North Africa (MENA) while the Western media largely ignores it

Photo credit www.worldmissionresources.org

Update, from Nigeria Sept. 29 reports:

Islamic militants kill a pastor, his son & a village leader in Dorawa:

On Thursday, September 26th, police said suspected Islamic militants killed a pastor, his son and a village head and torched their Christian church in Dorawa, about 60 miles from Damaturu. They said the gunmen used explosives to set fire to the church and five homes.

Farmers and government officials are fleeing threats of imminent attacks from Boko Haram in the area of the Gwoza Hills, a mountainous area with caves that shelter the militants despite repeated aerial bombardments by the military.

A local government official said there had been a series of attacks in recent weeks and threats of more. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared for his life, said Gwoza town was deserted when he visited it briefly under heavy security escort on Thursday. He said militants had chased medical officers from the town’s government hospital, which had been treating some victims of attacks. He added that militants had burned down three public schools in the area. The official said the Gwoza local government has set up offices in Maiduguri, the state capital to the north.

More than 30,000 people have fled the terrorist attacks to neighbouring Cameroon and Chad and the uprising combined with the military emergency has forced farmers from their fields and vendors from their markets. (source http://www.theguardian.com)(Photo credit above http://www.bbc.co.uk

As many as 50 students were killed in an Agricultural college:

This time it is believed that most of the college students were Muslim, and the perpetrators opened fire on the students as they were sleeping. The attack happened Sunday, September 29 at 1 a.m.  The students were killed by suspected Islamist gunmen in their dormitory in Yobe state, north-eastern Nigeria. The school’s other 1,000 students fled the college, about 25 miles (40km) north of Damaturu town, where there have been similar attacks on schools as part of a continuing Islamist uprising.

North-east Nigeria is under a military state of emergency to battle the Islamist uprising by Boko Haram militants who have killed more than 1,700 people since 2010 in their quest for an Islamic state. Boko Haram means „western education is forbidden” in the local Hausa language.

And that may have been the motive for the killings.

27 killed in separate attacks:

Twenty-seven people died in separate attacks on Wednesday and Thursday night in two villages of Borno state near the north-east border with Cameroon, according to the local council chairman, Modu-Gana Bukar Sheriiff.

Persecution sweeping across

Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

http://www.mnnonline.org and Open Doors USA reporting:

English: Middle East and North Africa

Photo credit wikipedia (MENA)

Nigeria (MNN) ― Believers in northeast Nigeria are reeling after Islamic militants killed their pastor and his son, and set fire to their church building and five homes. The Associated Press reports Islamic militants attacked the church in Yobe state just before dawn yesterday; the incident went unnoticed by nearly all major media outlets.

Dr. David Curry, President and CEO of Open Doors USA, points to the attack as the latest in a rising tide of persecution sweeping the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

„We’ve had situations in the last three weeks in Iraq, in Syria, inPakistan, and now last night in northern Nigeria, where people are targeting believers,” says Curry. „My greatest concern is that there won’t be any pressure to follow-up on this attack.

„Attack after attack on Christians seems to go by the wayside.”

Thousands have fallen in Nigeria alone at the hands of the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram. Their name means „Western education is sinful,” and their four-year-old terror campaign seeks to rid northeast Nigeria of all who follow Christ.

„The threat of terrorism in a few states in the northeastern part of our country has proven to be a challenge to national stability,” Jonathan told UN leaders earlier this week. „We will spare no effort in addressing this menace.”

Terror goes by a different name in the nearby Central African Republic: Seleka. This band of Islamic terrorists rose to national power in March following the ouster of former President Francois Bozize.

Their primary target soon became the Church.

„The various atrocities that preceded, accompanied, and followed Seleka’s rise to power have been specifically aimed at the Christian population,” states a letter from the CAR Evangelical Alliance to Seleka Islamist leader and CAR President Michel Djotodia.

„Churches and Christian institutions have been desecrated and plundered, priests and pastors have been assaulted, and nuns raped.”

In CAR, 50% of the population is Christian and 15% are Muslim. Despite outnumbering the followers of Islam, Christian communities in CAR claim their Muslim neighbors are joining Seleka’s violent campaigns.

„It’s not like Christianity is a minority religion, but ever since the coup in March, the Muslims have increased their persecution of Christians,” said Open Doors spokesman Jerry Dykstra.

To the north, a similar situation unfolds as violence against Christians in Egypt reaches historic levels. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) were quick to blame Coptic Christians for the July removal of MB proponent and former President Mohamed Morsi from office.

It was a summer of rage for many believers as they endured beatings, their homes and businesses were looted and destroyed, and churches were set aflame. In August, one church was forced to close its doors for the first time in 1,600 years.

And yet, most believers and secular media alike remain unaware of the deadly trend.

„Open Doors has been trying to raise this awareness among Western believers and the media in general,” says Curry. „We believe it’s worthwhile asking the question: ‘Are these attacks coordinated?’ Certainly they seem to be intentional and directed at believers.

„Over the last decades…the population of Christians in the Middle East has gone from 20% to 4%. Why is that? It is because there is a concerted effort to force Christians to convert. There is a concerted effort to persecute Christians, to drive them from their home.”

Egyptian Christians under attack

Photo credit Coptic Pope Tawadros II via EgyptianStreets.com Coptic Christians praying in a burned down church.

  1. USA Today has a map of some of the locations where Christian churches were burned here- http://www.usatoday.com
  2. And a list of burned out churches of Egypt has been compiled here- http://nilerevolt.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/1198/ and will be updated as warranted.

Open Doors USA reports via Mission News Network:

Egypt – Chaos continues in Egypt as the Muslim Brotherhood calls for more protests. Open Doors USA spokesman Jerry Dykstra shares this from an Egyptian believer: „He said, ‘These are the hardest days we’ve ever witnessed. A peaceful Egypt is now soaked in violence.'” Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi are taking out most of their anger on one group: „Christians are being turned into the scapegoat. Many of the Muslim Brotherhood protestors are blaming Christians for the ouster of Morsi,” explains Dykstra. Their rage continues to claim lives. At last report, the death toll rose above 500, and over 3000 people are injured. In times like these, there’s only one thing we can do: pray . „Supplies can be replaced, and churches can be rebuilt. I think what we really have to focus on is the heart and soul of the people in Egypt. We need to pray for peace and the name of Jesus Christ to go out.”

The Christian Post reports:

The death toll in Egypt following clashes on Wednesday between Pro-Mohamed Morsi Islamic protesters and government military forces has climbed to 525, officials say, but the real number is suspected to continue to rise in the coming hours and days as the situation becomes clearer.

Christians make up about 8 million of Egypt’s population of 80 million and have been victims of Muslim attacks for years. Some Christians were worried when Islamists took over Egypt’s government in 2012 and relieved when the military ousted them from power last month. (source)

and Christianity Today:

at least 27 churches have been attacked and two Christians killed in retaliation, reports Morning Star News (MSN). Houses, monasteries, orphanages, schools and businesses belonging to Copts were attacked in nine provinces „causing panic, losses and destruction for no reason and no crimes they committed except being Christians,” the Maspero Youth Union, a Coptic activist group, told USA Today.

while Egyptian Street reports:

Violence in Egypt has taken a dark turn for sectarianism as more than 45 churches and Coptic institutions were torched or stormed across the country.

In cities across Egypt, from Sohag and Minya to Cairo and Assiut, Islamists took to the streets attacking churches. In one case in Minya, a Coptic man and his wife were detained before being killed by armed individuals.

In one incident, Islamists torched parts of one of Egypt’s oldest churches that was reportedly built in the 4th Century.

In a frantic email to Egyptian Streets, a Coptic student in Minya said, “They are burning everything we own, and there is no security in sight. Is this Islam? Is this what the Muslim Brotherhood want? To burn Egypt to the grounds!”

Muslim Brotherhood Continue to Kill Christians and Children in Egypt

Photo via www.guardian.co.uk

via the ChristianPost

On July 7th, masked men shot dead a Coptic priest and other attacks on the minority group were reported in Egypt after the military ousted President Mohamed Morsi, who is from the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood that now appears to be seeking revenge from Christians for allegedly supporting the „coup.”

The priest, identified as Mina Aboud Sharween, was shot dead in the coastal city of El Arish in North Sinai Governate on Saturday. Gunmen, believed to be from the Brotherhood, came on a motorcycle and killed the 39-year-old priest, according to the local news site Egypt Independent.

On Friday, a Coptic Christian, identified as Magdy Iskandar Farid, was injured and houses and shops belonging to Christians were burned near the al-Dabe’iy area in southern Luxor Governorate. The attack followed rumors that Copts had killed a Muslim man, according to AINA news agency, which also reported that hundreds of Coptic Christians have fled the area. 

The Tagammu Party in Egypt has strongly condemned renewed attacks on Christians in several cities and provinces of the country following President Morsi’s ousting. The party has highlighted that the Muslim Brotherhood has made attempts, in vain, to seize power by carrying out violence against peaceful demonstrators, as well as brutally killing and intimidating Christians. „The Brotherhood is madly trying in vain to seize rule of the country though people do not want the rule of its guidance office,” the party said in a statement on Monday.

„In the face of angry demonstrations against them, and instead of listening to the voice of reason, the Brotherhood used automatic rifles and swords against unarmed demonstrators and killed children and threw them from the top of buildings. Egypt has never seen this brutality and it has nothing to do with religion, nationality or morality.”

„The brutal crimes have extended to kill Christians, our partners in the homeland, for no reason but to scare them. There was the criminal murder of a priest while he was standing in front of a church in Arish, a Christian engineer was kidnapped in Arish while he was leaving his house, five Christians were killed in Luxor and the homes of Copts were burned. In Delga village, Minya, Copts were terrorized and a Catholic church was torched over incitement of a Brotherhood pharmacist. Intimidation of Copts is occurring in several places,” the statement added.

„If the army did not take action, how many children would die? How many Christians would fall? How many churches would be demolished? How many children would be massacred?” the party questioned. „The Brotherhood criminals are fighting their last battle and the people’s hate of them is increasing.

Read more at http://global.christianpost.com/

Brazen attacks on Christians in Egypt now include rapes of women in broad daylight

via MissionNewsNetwork photo via foxnews

Egypt (MNN) ― The sounds of firing guns and the accompanying shouts and screams have become commonplace background noise for a ministry leader and his wife supported by Christian Aid Mission.

„We just dream of peace and a stable situation, but each day is worse than the day before,” reports the leader. „People die each day in our blood-covered streets. We try to distract our children from the noise of gunshots that constantly ring out.”

Though they, along with their missionary coworkers, have been spared from harm thus far, they live and work with the idea that every day could be their last.

„They want to get rid of us Christians in any way possible. Maybe tomorrow they will burn our home, or kidnap, or attack us.”

Throughout the horror that has unfolded since the election of the Muslim Brotherhood and the new Islamist-backed constitution in December 2012, the ministry leader has provided glimpses into his world, turned completely upside-down.

Brittany Tedesco, Africa Director of Christian Aid, your link to indigenous missions, says attacks against Christians are unprecedented. „They’re very brazen. We’re talking women being raped in broad daylight, men being attacked, or the homes of Christians being ransacked. And really, they have no recourse.”

Tedesco says even the police, who work for the Muslim Brotherhood, are part of the persecution effort against believers. Often it is the victim of an attack who is arrested.

As part of the Islamic regime’s radical control of Egypt, nearly all independent media outlets have been shut down, and concerted efforts are being made to essentially dispose of the judiciary system.

As their country darkens, tens of thousands of Egyptian Christians have fled the nation. Yet the ministry leader and his co-workers are determined to remain, taking every opportunity to share Christ with the hurting and confused masses.

PRAY for the Christians of Egypt!

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