The local imam incited the Islamic supremacists to attack the Christians. So yet another imam is exposed as a Misunderstander of the Religion of Peaceâ„¢. Why didn’t his Qur’anic study tell him to respect the People of the Book, and not to wage jihad against or expect them to assume dhimmi status? Aren’t Islamic apologists in the West forever telling us that the only people who believe that Muslims hold to jihad against Jews and Christians, and in dhimmitude, are greasy Islamophobes? How is it then that so many Muslims, including even imams, turn out to be greasy Islamophobes?
“Egyptian police arrest 13 Copts, victims of attack by Islamic extremists,” from Asia News, March 18 (thanks to C. Cantoni):
Cairo (AsiaNews / Agencies) – Egyptian security forces have arrested 13 Coptic Christians – including four minors, subsequently released – victims of the attack on 12 March. They are being charged with illegal religious assembly, damage to public property, arson and assault. About a dozen Muslims, from a total of 2000 perpetrators, have been detained over the assault against 400 Coptic faithful at the Church of St. Michael in Mersa Matrouh in the north-west of Egypt.
The violence was sparked by extremists, incited by the local Imam, Mohamad Khamis Khamis, during Friday prayers. From the microphones of the mosque of Al-Ansar, located near the church of Saint Micheal, near the building that housed the Copts, the Islamist leader urged the faithful to “holy war” against the Christian place of worship, ordering its destruction, and calling for the expulsion of the “infidels.”
The crowd was trapped inside the church and the Copts attacked them, raiding the homes before setting them on fire. The raid resulted in the wounding of 23 Christians, including two seriously, so who have been sent to Victoria Hospital in Alexandria, 200 km away. Sources of the local church denounced the complete devastation of 18 houses, four shops and 18 cars. “These people are completely ruined,” says the activist Wagih Yacoub.
The attack on the Coptic Christian community lasted over 14 hours. The – delayed – intervention of the security forces prevented carnage. The police transported the parishioners from the church, located in the suburb of Rifiyah, to their homes, which they are patrolling to prevent new attacks by extremists.
Matta Zakaria, a local priest, reported to the agency AINA “the arrest of four children, aged between 13 and 17 years by the police.” By “deception”, the agents conducted the youths to the police station asking them to identify the Muslim assailants. Among young people there was also a young man who was not in church during the assault. The boys speak of “insults and beatings” by police, who ordered the release after the intervention of Copt several priests. The police have opened a file of investigation against those arrested – Christians and Muslims – on charges of illegal religious assembly, damage to public property, arson and assault. The pre-trial detention will last 15 days….