CHRISTIANS FEAR ELECTION WILL BRING ISLAMIC LAW / Copts facing wave of persecution since Obama supported ally´s ouster (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) By Aaron Klein TEL AVIV, Israel 05/24/12)
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TEL AVIV – Fearing the imposition of Islamic law if the Muslim
Brotherhood wins, many Coptic Christians in Egypt are voting in
today’s presidential election as a bloc for two candidates who held
senior positions in the deposed regime of Hosni Mubarak, WND has
Coptic Christian leaders in Egypt, speaking on condition of
anonymity, confirmed that Coptic church leaders have been organizing
the voting bloc, fearful for the future of the country’s already
persecuted Christian minority.
President Obama and the international community supported Mubarak’s
ouster. Since then, Coptic Christians have come under increased
attack, facing murder, church burnings and property confiscation.
The two candidates being quietly supported by Coptic Christians are
Amr Moussa, the former secretary general of the Arab League who
previously served Mubarak’s foreign minister, and Ahmed Shafiq, who
served as prime minister under Mubarak’s regime and was also a
minister of civil aviation.
Coptic Christians most fear the election of Mohamed Mursi, the
candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood. Other Islamist candidates
include Abd al-Mun’im Abu al-Futuh and Muhammad al-Salim al-Awwa.
Although there have been no reliable recent opinion polls, the Muslim
Brotherhood and its Islamist allies already secured the biggest bloc
in the Egyptian parliament during the previous voting.
One of the most important Muslim Brotherhood clerics, Yusuf al-
Qaradawi, declared in his sermon Friday that the presidential
election should be used to usher in Islamic law, or Shariah.
Qardawi stated it was the duty of Muslims to vote for one of three
Islamic candidates, describing them as the “best for Egypt” because
they will “apply the Islamic Shariah and achieve justice.”
While Copts were targeted by Islamists during Mubarak’s regime, such
persecution has increased exponentially after Mubarak’s ouster.
Just weeks after Mubarak was booted, Muslim villagers in March 2011
reportedly set fire to a Coptic church while attacking Christians on
Since last year, two other churches were set on fire in the Imbaba
neighborhood of Cairo and in Edfu in the south of the country. Coptic
Christian families were also reportedly evicted from their homes in
Some reports say more than 200,000 Copts already have fled their
When Copts attempted to protest last October, security forces
reportedly fired at the protesters, killing 24 and wounding more than
The Coptic Church, a major Christian community in Egypt, is said to
date back to the origins of Christianity. Christians were the
majority in Egypt until several centuries after the Arab conquest of
the seventh century. They now make up between 5 and 10 percent of the
population. (© 2012 WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. 05/24/12)
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