Sharia in action in Libya: 100 Christians arrested for proselytizing

This is the regime Obama sent U.S. forces and weaponry to install. “100 Copts Arrested In Libya,” by Ashraf Ramelah for Voice of the Copts, March 2:

Voice of the Copts strongly condemns the round-up, detention and presumed torture of Egyptian Copts in Benghazi, Libya being held for allegedly proselytizing Christianity which is illegal in that country. Evidence of such offense is yet unsubstantiated as facts cited by the arresting body keep changing. Furthermore, the charges are highly suspect given they follow recent attacks on a Coptic church.

Now after more than a week captive, the Egyptian prisoners from Upper Egypt, who live and work temporarily in Libya, are strongly believed to be denied their human rights in violation of international law.

Silence from Egyptian authorities regarding this incident is only expected since its Islamist government is known to degrade minorities inside Egypt. Complacency by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry allowing possible abuses of imprisoned Egyptians in Libya and their arrest to continue unquestioned is reminiscent of tacit government approval by Egyptian officials toward the frequent Muslim attacks on Copts and their churches throughout Egypt.

Voice of the Copts requests western leaders and human rights organizations around the world to intervene to ascertain fair hearings for the Egyptians as soon as possible.

Outside attorneys must be allowed to consult Egyptians inside Libyan prisons to give them opportunity for a proper defense.

Libya must open its prisons for inspection and observation of its treatment of detainees consistent with Geneva Convention requirements.

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  1. says

    I find the whole thing incredible. Any Christian would have to be nuts to proselytize in a Muslim-dominated country, especially one under Shariah law.

  2. says

    What a betrayal! Western countries liberated the Libyans from an evil dictator so they could persecute minorities!

    Coptic Christians are the original, native people of Egypt.

    Shameful. Join the modern world.

  3. says

    Robert, do you have a translation? What are they saying in Arabic? I can tell who the Coptic Christian prisoners are, in their crowded lockup. On the other side of the glass, I see a Muslim cleric and bearded spokesman. Presumably, the Christian tracts and icons displayed on the table are evidence of guilt and contraband in Libya.

  4. says

    Any Christian would have to be nuts to proselytize in a Muslim-dominated country,..

    Not necessarily nuts, but they do ‘pays their money, and they do takes their chances’…
    When you descend into any evil pit to preach to the demons, make sure you are protected from them…In the story, Jesus got away with that because he was Jesus…But other Christians are not Jesus, and the demons know it…In another story, two men casting out demons claimed they were doing it in the name of Jesus…The demons said we know Jesus, and you ain’t him…So the demons beat the two men up…

  5. says

    You wrote: Any Christian would have to be nuts to proselytize in a Muslim-dominated country,..

    …Or have unshakeable faith in God! I’m an atheist, but I admire their commitment to a Faith that wishes to redeem mankind, not destroy people who don’t bend to their will, as is the case with Islam.

  6. says

    wildjew wrote:

    I find the whole thing incredible. Any Christian would have to be nuts to proselytize in a Muslim-dominated country, especially one under Shariah law.
    ………………………….

    As several posters have noted, wildjew, brave Christians do sometimes descend into the “lion’s den” to preach to those who are lost”and who are more lost than Muslims?

    On the other hand, I would take this accusation of “proselytizing” with a *huge* grain of salt.

    Recall that Christians have been accused of “proselytizing” by Muslims for simply running charities (which makes Islam “look bad”), or even for refusing to convert to Islam.

    My understanding is that the first of those arrested”four Christians”may have actually been preaching. Of course, it’s appalling that this is illegal in the wake of the “Arab Spring””but hardly surprising.

    But the rest of those arrested later appear to be just Egyptian Copts who were working in Libya, some for years.

    I believe that this vicious targeting of Their fellow Christians is “revenge” on the part of the pious Muslims for *any* Christian having dared to preach in Dar-al-Islam.

    I doubt very much that most of these Copts were proselytizing at all.