Islamic apologists in the West routinely claim that the dhimma is a thing of the past, and that only greasy Islamophobes think otherwise. Muhammad Hassan must be a greasy Islamophobe. “No ‘Revolution’ for Egypt’s Christians,” by Raymond Ibrahim in FrontPageMagazine.com (via RaymondIbrahim.com), March 22:
On March 5, Muslims attacked, plundered, and set ablaze an ancient Coptic church in Sool, a village near Cairo, Egypt. Afterwards, throngs of Muslims gathered around the scorched building and pounded its walls down with sledge hammers””to cries of “Allahu Akbar!” Adding insult to injury, the attackers played “soccer” with the relic-remains of the church’s saints and martyrs and transformed the desecrated church into a mosque (a live example of history, which witnessed countless churches seized and transformed into mosques). As a result of Christian girls being abducted and raped and overall terrorization of the Coptic community, thousands fled the village. (See this letter to Egypt’s military leadership signed by twenty congressmen discussing this and similar anecdotes.)
This latest church rampage was initiated by Muslims killing each other over an affair between a Christian man and a Muslim woman””and then transferring their violence onto the Copts of the region and their church.
Radical sheikh Muhammad Hassan, who was commissioned to investigate the incident, recently shared his “findings” on Egyptian TV. After insisting to Coptic viewers that “Islam is a religion of peace, mercy, and justice,” he said that the “Muslim youth” who attacked the church never intended to do so; rather, they went there searching for a Coptic man. After invading the church, they discovered ancient liturgical books in the Coptic script, and papers with the names of Muslims. These were interpreted as “sorcery–”hence, they destroyed the church. (The fact is, some Muslims venerate St. Mary and often submit their names at churches for intercession.)
Not once did Hassan condemn the Muslim perpetrators. He even referred to the Copts as “dhimmis” and “pact-holders,” prompting outrage among Egypt’s indigenous Christian population, or as one Copt put it: “Hassan wants to make Dhimmis out of us”¦ I thought we were living in [a] country with a constitution and a police force and not in Mecca or Medina, 14 centuries ago. Or maybe this is a first step to later subject Christians to Jizya for protection.”…