Let My People Go: A New Exodus from Egypt?

Blogging at the Jerusalem Post, Barry Shaw offers a provocative take on Egyptian Christians, describing them as:

. . . defenseless as were the Jews in Europe seventy years ago.

And his advice to Christians as an Israeli observer is the following:

Get out now while you still can.

After the Egyptian democratic movement consolidates around conservative Islam—which Barry Shaw thinks is the most likely scenario for its politics—he predicts that Christians in Egypt will experience what Bethlehem Christians experienced under Arafat:

The subsequent rewriting of the Egyptian constitution will convert the country to Shariah law, will reduce non-Muslims to the status of dhimmi citizens, which means being penalized for simply living there as non-Muslims. If places such as Bethlehem are an example, the Christians will face relentless oppression, persecution, violence, destruction, and death as the Islamic majority force them out.

Bethlehem had a wealthy majority of Christians when Israel controlled that town. After Israel ceded control to the Arafat-led Palestinians, the eighty percent Christian majority was reduced to a fearful minority of less than twenty percent.

The writing is on the wall for the Christians of Egypt and other Arab nations. Heed the warning signs. Things are about to get worse, a lot worse.

Things are loathsome for Christians in Egypt already, and so Mr. Shaw’s prognostications are especially disturbing. His full blog post on this matter is worth a read and can be found at the Jerusalem Post here.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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7 Responses to Let My People Go: A New Exodus from Egypt?

  1. mary says:

    So much for the religion of peace.

  2. concerned christian says:

    Santi, thank you for sharing this blog. I will add some details of the major attacks on Christians in Egypt in the last two years.
    1. January 6, 2010 Christians were attacked while leaving the midnight Christmas mass, six Christians and one Muslim were killed, many Christians were injured and some were arrested (this is a recurrent event so I will list only the killing)
    2. November 2010, Police attacked Christians in Omrania, Giza to stop them from finishing a Church building, on the claim that it was not licensed, at least three Christians were killed. The irony is that most of the building in this area including many Mosques do not have a license.
    3. New year eve 2011, a bomb exploded in front of Church while Christians were leaving a midnight new year service, 23 Christians killed.
    4. January 2011, a Muslim policeman attacked Christians in the train, he was declared insane.
    At this point it became obvious that Mubarak regime is behind these attacks and Christians were divided between supporting and staying neutral during the January revolution. However after Mubarak was overthrown, Muslim Brothers and hardcore Salafis started to control the events, here is what happened since that time.
    1. March 2011, Muslims attacked and burned a Church near Cairo, because of romantic relationship between a Christian and a Muslim girl, originally there was a plan to kick all Christians out of town and rebuild the Church somewhere else. The uproar forced the army to rebuild the Church at its own expenses but not a single one of those who attacked the Church was arrested although most of them were recognized.
    2. March, Christians in Mokattam objecting to the attack on that event were attacked and more than ten Christians killed, no arrest.
    3. April, Muslims in upper Egypt objected to the appointment of a Christian Governor, the only one in Egypt, so the new authority put this appointment on hild.
    4. April, In Abu Korkas a dispute between Christians and Muslims, resulted in major attacks on Christian houses and shops.
    5. May, attacks in Imbaba, two Churches burned, 15 mostly Christians killed.
    6. A continuous campaign mostly, funded by Saudi Arabia, to entice Christian girls many of them teenagers to convert to Islam and marry Muslims. Many of these in any civilized country would have been treated as statuary rape, but since they are converting to Islam no laws apply.
    Right now it is not clear if the military is dominated by or just helping the hard line Muslims, but there are still some sane voices opposing these madness, and the youth movement is still there but have been marginalized by the hard line Islamic movement.

  3. Paradigm says:

    It’s the same all over the world: wherever Muslims make up a large portion of the population they attack other religious groups. Last year the entire christian village of Dogo-Nahawa was massacred by Muslims killing over 100 people. They were shot, chopped up with machete or burned alive. Youngest victim was less than 3-month old.

    Which reminds me of the recent massacre in Itamar on the West Bank in which they cut the throat on a 3-month old baby. And 32 percent of the Palestinians approved of it according to a poll conducted jointly by Israeli and Palestinian accademics. It’s really high time to wake up and realize what we are up against here.

  4. concerned christian says:

    Islamic threat is not only in Egypt, it’s everywhere including USA. This threat is covered up by a well organized campaign of deception. One of the widely spread lies is that only 6% of terrorist acts were committed by Muslims, guess what that is true but in the twenty first century almost all the terrorist acts committed in the name of religion in America, were committed by Muslims. That 94% they talk about were committed mainly by “Earth Liberation Front” and “Animal Liberation Front”, and here’s the report to prove it.
    http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/terrorism-2002-2005/terror02_05#terror_05sig

  5. conservative says:

    This is a very important piece of news, it makes people aware of what’s going on.

    I say we have to give Santi credit for posting this. Finally, a post on this blog about the persecution of Christians by Muslims.

    Thank you, Santi.

    paradigm and concerned christian,

    The most shocking thing about this is the indifference of most people in the West, Europe and here. It’s time to wake up, that’s right, but many if not most people in the Western world have been so indoctrinated to avoid saying anything negative about Islam, that they just don’t care anymore. The way I see it, they react in one of two ways. The first way is that many just don’t care, they are shocked when they hear something, but they don’t care. They think they can’t change anything anyway. The second way, which is really disturbing, is that some react with hostility when you tell them something like this. I’ve seen this reaction at many people. They get angry and call you a bigot, they tell you that what you tell them it’s “fascist” and propaganda meant to cause fear. 🙂

    The really disturbing thing about those individuals is that they care more about the false perception of Islam, based on political correctness, than they do about the hundreds of thousands of victims worldwide. No matter how many tears, how much horror, how many women who suffer, how many people persecuted and killed, they will just tell you that it’s only a few fanatics that do these things.

    This is the attitude of left wing liberals. To them, the ideology of political correctness is more important than truth and human suffering. This can be observed in the way the media reports about Muslim attrocities in those parts of the world. They always say “sectarian violence” to make it seem that it’s a two way conflict. CNN does it all the time. This is not true, because Christians in Egypt or Nigeria NEVER attack and devastate mosques. It just shows how ideological, and evil, most of the mainstream media really is.

    http://www.persecution.org/theaftermath/ recent news from Nigeria about Christians

    This brings us to an important point. The attitude of many secular liberals and their favorite politicians, toward Islamic arrogance and religious intolerance proves that they are not compassionate and open minded, as they always claim. They present themselves as “compassionate” and always interested in people who suffer, that’s just a bunch of crap. Actions speak louder than words. Jesus spoke about “wolves in sheep’s clothing” and he said that by their fruits we can know them.

  6. conservative says:

    The aggressive nature of Islam can be seen even in Europe or Canada, where they are a minority. I think you guys probably know about German chancellor Angela Merkel being hit with a “hate crime” lawsuit because she said she was glad bin Laden was dead. The same week, another blow to freedom in Europe.

    A court in Denmark has found a leading Islamic expert guilty of racism for his comments about Muslims, the latest ruling in an ongoing battle between free speech and Islam in Europe. Lars Hedegaard was charged with racism under Denmark’s hate speech law after telling someone at a gathering about the problem of rape committed against Muslim girls by male relatives.

    “Of course I made clear that I was not talking about every Muslim man in the country or in the world. By the way, I was not talking specifically about conditions in Denmark,” Hedegaard explained.

    Hedegaard said it’s a fact that can be backed up by hard evidence. But in Denmark, that doesn’t matter. Under Denmark’s hate speech law, it doesn’t matter if what you said was true. It doesn’t matter if it is factual — if it offends someone, you could be charged. This is the disturbing and evil effect of left wing political correctness.

    If an author documented cases of pedophile Catholic priests and he would be accussed of a “hate crime” for that, the liberals would start World War III. This is the most disgusting example of hypocrisy. The European Union is becoming an Islamic inquisition that destroys the freedom of its own citizens. That’s what Obama wants to do here. The “hate crime” legislation passed in 2009 is a step in that direction, and it’s already being used.

    About a year ago, Santi knows this, the Mayor of Lancaster, CA was threatened with a “hate crime” lawsuit because he said “We are growing a Christian community here”, speaking to some of the people in his city. And the group that instigated the threat of legal action was CAIR. It all makes sense. The islamocommunists, with Obama, Lindsay Graham, and other extremist activists, are using the same kind of strategy like in Europe, to stop any criticism of Islam. It’s as if Islam is like an official religion everywhere. This dangerous medieval crap doesn’t worry most liberals. No, they are just “concerned” about the Tea Party and conservative American people.

    The ACLU screams and files a lawsuit against a Christian college football coach because he bends the knee and prays with his team before a game, but they won’t say or do anything about the arrogance of Moslem activists and the fact that their religion is almost shielded from criticism and free speech is destroyed.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlXtDUCPHLs This song is a great reminder of what America is all about. the song with lyrics – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGrHHekIBQA

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