Persecuted Coptic Christian’s Plea to Obama for Help

Recently Albio Sires (D-NJ 13th congressional district.), released a statement addressing the persecution of the Coptic Christians. Today we learn that a 15 year-old girl from Egypt, has written to Obama asking him to address their ever worsening situation. Will Obama step up to the plate?

Christian in Egypt: โ€˜They Try to Kill Usโ€™
January 26, 2010 – Dana Lewis
Egyptian Maher El-Gowhary and his 15 year old daughter Dina never pray twice at the same church, never stay longer than a month in any one apartment. They are constantly under threat, always on the run because they converted to Christianity in a largely Muslim country.

Maher and Dina nervously agreed to meet us at a Church in Cairo. The priest at the Church said he feared problems from the Egyptian authorities and while he agreed to have us watch his Sunday mass, the Priest declined to speak to us about what is happening in Egypt and to the El-Gowhary’s.

They tell their story out of fear and desperation. Born Muslims they chose to convert to the Christian Church after both claim they had religious visions.

Now Maher says “Muslims try to kill us, and will kill us if they find us.”

Several religious fatwas have been issued for “spilling his blood” after Maher asked an Egyptian Court to legally recognize his conversion, so he can one day be buried as a Christian and so his daughter won’t be forced into a marriage by her Muslim mother.

The court ruled a legal conversion to Christianity would threaten public order. His lawyer told us it’s a dangerous double standard because in Egypt a Christian can convert to the Muslim faith in a week, but a Muslim cannot convert to the Christian faith.

Ten percent of Egypt is Christian, largely the Coptic Christians who increasingly say they face daunting discrimination and even death.

We had to hide our camera as we followed the El-Gowhary’s because we were told if the authorities discovered we were preparing our story we would be arrested.

Religious tensions are running high in Egypt.

On January 6th, the Coptic Christmas eve, three Muslim men sprayed gunfire at a Church in Upper Egypt killing six Christians and wounding up to a dozen more. Christians rioted the next day and the area is still closed to outsiders including the press.

Human rights activist Hussein Bahjet say’s Egypt has the potential to become like Lebanon because of growing sectarian violence.

“Civil strife that could engulf the country” Bahjet says.

The U.S. State Department reports respect of religious freedom in Egypt is declining, Christians are denied Government jobs, Priests are threatened and harassed, Christians are increasingly attacks in what State describes as “a climate of impunity that encourages violence.”

In some cases authorities turn a blind eye to attacks on Christians, in other cases there is evidence police sparked the attacks.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been largely silent about the problem, but this week he spoke out saying Egyptians must up-root “fanaticism and sectarianism, which threatens the unit of our nation.”

Dina has written a letter to President Obama which has been published on Christian websites. She has been pulled out of school. She has only a blue jean jacket to stay warm and little food to eat. Her letter was a desperate plea. “I wrote that we are a minority Christian Community treated very badly and I want to tell President Obama to tell the Egyptian Government to treat us well.”

Her father Mayer says he can’t stay in Egypt anymore. He and his daughter are in such grave danger we can’t report where they are in Egypt now, or where they are planning on moving tomorrow.

In recent days the two met with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom in Cairo. They asked for refugee status to get out of Egypt.

A source at the Commission say’s its a complicated matter because Dina has a Muslim mother and there are legal issues, but their request is being considered.

The Commission source also says because of religious in Egypt, last year the State Department down graded Egypt to being on a watch list. This year it could potentially be downgraded further to a Country of particular concern. That means the U.S. might even consider sanctions against a Country which receives some 2 billion dollars in U.S. aid every year.

As I write this Dina and her father are packing, moving to another area of Egypt. Out of money. And running of out hope.

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Tonto
Tonto
12 years ago

Everywhere you look in this world it seems, some muzleem pukes are doing something dirty to innocent people. I think islam is pure shit and should be stamped out….with EXTREME PREDJUDICE. I'd like to see an "Open Season" on those pricks.

Mohamed
Mohamed
11 years ago
Reply to  Tonto

yeah and you are the angels the ones obviously not torturing the many generations of Palestinians , the ones that ruined IRAQ for absolutely no reason . OH NO THAT certainly is not “doing something Dirty to Innocent people ” give me a break listen to yourself,,, you know what go get yourself a reality check !

Mohamed
Mohamed
11 years ago
Reply to  admin

OH Man that is a lie there the only problems i started hearing about was since the beginning of the so called “(9/11 attack ” since then i have heard problems of Islam where were brought by extremists who misinterpreted the So called term of “JIhad” by killing innocent people i confess that not all Muslims carry out Islam the way it should be that is the reason Islam has an image like it has today well Not all muslims carry out their religon correct , do all jews and christians carry them out right ๐Ÿ˜€

Mohamed
Mohamed
11 years ago
Reply to  Mohamed

Look habiby stop mumbling about stuff you obviously dont have a clue about,, this is not the meaning of JIHAD OK !! JIhad means War on non muslims who declare to be enemies and threaten to attack against ALLAH ,Prophet , and Muslims Our religon is based on declaring war on those who have first started fire we are even allowed to kill any of the innocent who lie underneath these attackers God has stated the Quran attack only those whom hold weapons in there hands,, ask a sheikh for proof if you do not believe me h and PLEASE STOP IT WITH THE AZHAR CRAP THIS IS NOT TRUE !!

Mohamed
Mohamed
11 years ago
Reply to  Mohamed

I am the one who reads the Quran !!!! hey at least when i read in understand the true meaning and second of all your articles are of no proof of Al azhar comments there all just articles written on your website so please stop asking me to support sources when you dont even have any ๐Ÿ˜€

Mohamed
Mohamed
11 years ago
Reply to  Mohamed

and yeah one more thing i told you to read the pages before and after and translate them and that will show you that your statement is false you seem to be picking out the verses you like in order to support you statement without continuing to read to understand the true meaning

Ron
Ron
12 years ago

2 billion we're paying to have our guts hated by 80 million egyptians. Three cheers for …..something.

Robin Shadowes
12 years ago

A clearsighted american soldier stationed in Iraq speaks out about the war in Iraq, jihad, muslims and the western reaction to it.

You correctly assessed that we have not gained anything positive from our efforts in Iraq and that the nation is not our ally. (The same is true for Afghanistan.) I will go as far as saying that the Iraqis are our enemies—enemies better equipped to wage jihad against us than they have ever been. We will regret what we have done. We will regret that we created this officially Islamic nation. And we will regret that we created an officially Islamic Afghanistan. We will regret that we have placed ourselves in the service of Islam, waging jihad worldwide as we advance the Religion of Peace and eliminate Christians in the process. (So much for the accusation that the U.S. is on a “Crusade.”) It is a shame that so many people refuse to recognize how horrible Islam is, and that the U.S. made a fatal mistake when it refused to declare war against Afghanistan and Islam—when it refused victory by binding the greatest military force of all time.

http://www.dianawest.net/Home/tabid/36/EntryId/12

Dajjal
12 years ago

Obamination, being a Muslim, cares very deeply what happens to Christians; he wants to see us murdered by Muslims.

No way in Hell will he come to the aid of those Copts. It ain't gonna happen.

It is not possible to establish and enforce global human rights without eliminating Islam from the face of the earth.

CGW
CGW
12 years ago

Christopher: Please check out my comment from yesterday's Germany article and contact me. I'm worried about the integrity of your site as the survey popped up right after I made my comment. I though you had approved it so I gave tyhem my banking information.

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11 years ago

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Mohamed
Mohamed
11 years ago

Islam Advances because it speaks the word of truth something you do not have the courage to admit why should they still believe in a religion that has more the hundreds of hypocritical versions of the bible.

eib
eib
10 years ago
Reply to  Mohamed

Islam “advances” because it conquers by way of the sword, by way of terror and above all, by way of rape!

Mohamed
Mohamed
11 years ago

Oh so you are trying to tell me that all these people converted to Islam simply because they felt sympathy to cater to Muslim Sensitivities ๐Ÿ˜€ Oh god And Koran Does not Condense the taking of Sex Slaves IN ANY WAY!!!!!!!! it states about being wealth-illy ready and also having the right to have sex with your wives after rightfully marrying them > nothing here about sex slaves and do not know who in the world translates these verses for you this just proves my point you are just one those many who want to ruin the image if ISLAM even by stating LIES!

Markos
Markos
11 years ago

As a concerned US Citizen I am writing you today so that you voice my protest in the honorable US senate against the organized extermination of the Coptic Christian Minority in Egypt. On the New Year Eve in Alexandria in Northern Egypt a car bomb exploded in front of the Saints Church belonging to the Coptic Orthodox Church killing at least 21 Christians and wounding scores. There were 1000 people in the church and the Egyptian Government did not provide any protection to the church even though they know of the potential dangers. The Egyptian government didn’t take any measures to protect the Christian minority in Egypt and allowed massive demonstrations in the streets provoking Christian Killing and Church burnings (videos are available). The Egyptian government policy is to arrest scores of Christians and lock them behind bars to bargain for their release with the Coptic Church to keep quite. The Egyptian Government has caved completely to the Moslem fanatic movement and employed them in high ranks of the Government, especially the police, judiciary system and secret service. The Egyptian Government had made peace with the fanatic Muslims giving them free hand to kill and persecute the Christian minority, burn churches, loot their property and burn their businesses, abduct young Christian girls and forcing them to adopt Islam. The fundamentalist in Egypt have no resistance from the government as long as they do harm to the Coptic Christian minority in Egypt. The Coptic minority in Egypt is officially 10% of the population and according to our own sources (church baptism records) we estimate that the Coptic population reaches 15% of the total population of Egypt. This makes Coptic Christians in Egypt the largest Christian population in the Middle East.

The Coptic Christians face second class citizen treatment from the government and they are denied the right to build new churches and they need a presidential decree to renovate a bathroom in a church in Egypt. Otherwise, they face prosecution by the law (a law established 200 years or more during the Ottoman era). Life has become intolerable in Egypt for the Coptic Christian Minority.

The Egyptian government is prosecuting Moslems who decide to adopt Christianity and leave Islam. They face jail sentence without court orders where they are tortured to return back to Islam. The Egyptian government refuses to give recognition of change of religion to the Moslems adopting Christianity in their ID cards. The ID cards in Egypt must have the religion of the person written. It is estimated that the number of Moslems turning into Christianity in Egypt are on the rise due to their ability to read about Christianity on the internet and the Satellite TV and to know the reality of Islam from sources never available to them in the past. Missionaries were prevented to enter Egypt and faced life threats if they do so, and therefore, evangelism occurred through the internet and the satellite TV.

I am asking that my US government put a stop to the organized persecution of the Egyptian Coptic minority the same way the US bombed the Serbs to protect the Muslims of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The least the US government can do is to sound protest officially to the Egyptian government, which receives massive financial aid from the US. This money is used partially to build and increase the number of Moslem religious institutes (Madrasa equivalent) that curses the US government and encourages young Moslems to commit โ€œJihadโ€ against the US and Christians in general.

Sincerely,

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eib
10 years ago

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