Friday, April 29, 2011

Groundhog Day: Islamists protest outside Coptic Church in Cairo, for return of priest wives kidnapped by Muslim men

Egyptian protesters hold banners that read in Arabic "we call for the release of Muslim females who are detained in the churches before they kill them" and chant slogans calling for end the church violence on the christians who converted to Islam during a demonstration held by the Salafis in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, April 29, 2011.

Newspaper admitted to altering picture,
and claiming priest's wife had converted to Islam
while kidnapped by a Muslim man
See video below
This situation is uniquely Islamic ~ this is a case from about a year ago when the wives [or wife] of Copt priest were kidnapped by Muslims. The Egyptian law is such that if a Christian woman is kidnapped, it is the same as their conversion to Islam ~ even if Christian family members try to retrieve them ~ they can be arrested. [Not unique to Egypt in Pakistan it is the same, but with both Hindus and Christians]

Muslims are superior in a real sense under the law.

If these, even married Christian women were kidnapped ~ of course, they are now Muslim. That is she becomes the 'property' of the Muslim kidnapper.

One of the main reason the Copts were able to get their women back, from their known kidnappers, is that they used the high profile nature of the women, being priest wives, actually they had a sit in outside the governor's office to force them to act on their behalf.

Coptic Camelia on being freed from
Muslim kidnapper, professes
love for Christian faith.

In the meantime, one radical, Egyptian/other Arabic speaking paper photoshops one of the black hijabs/headscarves over a picture of the kidnapped women's head, saying that she had converted. Even though they admitted to the shoddy work [see above], many still hold onto the belief that the kidnapped woman had converted to Islam.

But once the woman was returned to her husband, she appeared in a video from a secret location, without a headcovering, saying that she would never leave her 'Christian' religion.


Also as a campaign against comments made questioning some of the logic of Islam [or its rule], by a Coptic leader, the same paper concocted a story that the Copts were stockpiling weapons in their churches. [You start doing something, and you can't believe other's aren't doing the same ~ like stashing weapons in a mosque!!]



Islamists protest in Cairo near the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo April 29, 2011


CAIRO (AFP)— About 2,000 hardline Islamists protested Friday outside the Coptic Church's headquarters in Cairo to demand the release of two women they allege are being held after converting to Islam.

The protesters, who belonged to the puritanical Salafi sect, marched on St Mark's Cathedral from a mosque after Friday prayers to demand the release of Wafa Constantine and Camellia Shehata, the wives of two priests.

The church denies the women converted to Islam.

OMG ~ Chattel

Egyptian women march holding banners that read in Arabic "They Slaughtered Salwa Adel, because she converted to Islam, killed her child and her husband. We call for the release of Muslim females who are detained in the churches before they kill them"

Just a minute ~ are these Islamic women being herded!!  

The Salafis have held regular protests over the case in the past year, but they have usually been smaller in number.

Their cause was eventually picked up by a Qaeda-linked group in Iraq that massacred dozens of Christians in a Baghdad church in November 2010 and vowed more attacks until the two women are freed.


Islamists protest in Cairo near the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo April 29, 2011. Islamists protesters in Egypt have accused the church of detaining two women

Islamists protest in Cairo near the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo April 29, 2011.

Two months later, a suicide bomber killed more than 20 Copts after a New Year's Eve mass in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria.

The Coptic Church has reportedly convened a synod in response to the growing assertiveness of Salafis, who have increased their political presence in Egypt since a popular revolt toppled president Hosni Mubarak in February.

Egyptians on the bridge look at protesters displaying banners calling for the end the church violence on the Christians who converted to Islam during a demonstration held by the Salafis in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, April 29, 2011.

Copts, who account for about 10 percent of the country's 80 million people, complain of discrimination. They have been the targets of fairly regular sectarian attacks.

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