“It is incorrect to say the Coptic community in Egypt is in danger.” Really? Let’s look at the recent record — leaving out the New Year’s Day church bombing in which jihadists murdered 23 Copts:
That takes us back to November 16, 2010, just nine weeks ago. So why would this great Muslim reformer so egregiously misrepresent the plight of Christians in Egypt? A clue may come from French journalist Caroline Fourest, who has published a book-length study of Ramadan’s sly duplicity, Brother Tariq. Fourest concludes that this much-lionized putative Muslim Martin Luther is actually anything but a reformer: in reality, Ramadan is “remaining scrupulously faithful to the strategy mapped out by his grandfather, a strategy of advance stage by stage” toward the imposition of Islamic law in the West.
Ramadan, she explains, in his public lectures and writings invests words like “law” and “democracy” with subtle and carefully crafted new definitions, permitting him to engage in “an apparently inoffensive discourse while remaining faithful to an eminently Islamist message and without having to lie overtly — at least not in his eyes.” Ramadan, she said, “may have an influence on young Islamists and constitute a factor of incitement that could lead them to join the partisans of violence.”
And in this case, remember Muhammad’s old adage: “war is deceit.”
“Egypt: Muslim scholar slams top Sunni authority’s decision to halt inter-faith dialogue,” from AKI, January 21:
Rome, 21 Jan. (AKI) – A prominent Muslim on Friday rejected the Cairo-based Al-Azhar University’s decision to suspend inter-religious dialogue with the Vatican after remarks by Pope Benedict XVI that were critical of Islam and the plight of the Christian minority. In an interview with Adnkronos International, Tariq Ramadan said there was “no war against Coptic Christians” in Egypt.
“It is incorrect to say the Coptic community in Egypt is in danger. There are terrorist acts that don’t have anything to do with most Muslims. It is extremely important to be cautious on this point, the risk is to play along with the terrorists who want to deepen divisions in Egypt, there is no ‘war’ against Copts.”
Ramadan spoke to Adnkronos International from Rome’s private LUISS University where he was participating in a debate on religion, democracy and civil liberties.
“It’s a mistake to interrupt channels of dialogue between Islam and the Vatican,” Ramadan said.
“It’s normal for the Pope to intervene and be critical when a bomb hits a Coptic place of worship,” Ramadan said. He was referring to the New Year’s Eve bomb attack on a church in northern Egypt which killed 23 people and injured around 80.
“The same attack was also condemned by Al-Azhar,” he said, referring to the university in Cairo which is considered the highest seat of Sunni Muslim learning….
“What is needed, which I recognise the Pope has already done on some occasions, is to not intervene solely when the discrimination regards Christians, but also when the victims are Muslims or belong to another faith,” Ramadan stressed.
The Swiss-born, Egyptian intellectual and grandson of Hasan al-Bana, founder of the Society of Muslim Brothers, also strongly condemned the attacks on Christians taking place in other Middle Eastern countries, such as those in Iraq.
“The attacks have a terrible impact on the international image of Islam,” he concluded.
And oh, yeah, they also destroy innocent people, but that doesn’t bear mentioning: they’re just filthy kuffar.