In the U.S., Islamic spokesmen insist that the idea that non-Muslims must be offered conversion, subjugation or death (cf. Qur’an 9:29; Sahih Muslim 4294) is “Islamophobic” misunderstanding of Islam. Somehow Kirolos Andraws ran afoul of Islamophobic Misunderstanders of Islam in Egypt, where they appear to abound.
“Egypt’s Embattled Christians Seek Room in America,” by Lucette Lagnado in the Wall Street Journal, December 24 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Kirolos Andraws had every reason to be excited about the January uprising in his native Egypt, figuring democracy would bring hope for young people like him.
Then one day in February, says Mr. Andraws, a gang of thugs beat him and told him, “you deserve to die.” His offense, he says: refusing to convert to Islam.
In late March, Mr. Andraws, a 23-year- old engineer, used a tourist visa to board an Egyptair flight for New York City. He let a room in a friend’s apartment, hired an immigration lawyer and applied for asylum. He has survived mainly on wages …