Alarming article in the Wall Street Journal this weekend: “As Islamists Flex Muscle, Egypt’s Christians Despair” (behind a paywall, I’m afraid). My wife highlighted it to me when she brought me the paper this morning, and I’m glad that she did.
The chief tale given in the piece is one of a Coptic Christian in Egypt, Ayman Anwar Mitri. A little more than a month after the government of Egypt was brought down, an apartment he owned was torched. When he showed up to investigate, he was grabbed by Islamists — radical Salafi militants — taken inside and beaten with the charred remains of the apartments furniture and then, after being sliced open at the arm and neck, he had one of his ears cut off. His report: “While they were beating me, they kept saying: ‘We won’t leave any Christians in this country.” His attacker has apparently been identified by some as al-Hosseini Kamal, someone who had been imprisoned under Mubarak on “suspicion of terrorist activities” and released after the revolution, like many others.
However, the WSJ reports that in the days after the attack Salafi militants threatened that they would kill Mr. Mitri’s siblings and kidnap his children if he proceeded to press charges against the attackers. He then apparently changed his initial testimony, saying that he did not know who attacked him, and he agreed to a “reconciliation ” process with his attackers as opposed to pressing charges. As the news account reports, that “reconciliation” process was a joke. The criminals were close to those in charge, the police were absolutely no help, and Mr. Mitri is left with no justice.
I don’t claim to know how the details of what is going on in the Arab world will play out. We know the arc of prophecy: a “King of the South” will rise out of this, seen, perhaps, as the Mahdi expected by some, and there will be a resulting confederation of sorts that will work with the King of the North for a time, only before that relationship goes sour and the King of the North invades the South. (Read the free Tomorrow’s World booklet about the Middle East in prophecy by Mr. Richard Ames for more.) But the details are known only to God at this time. However, for those who consider themselves to be Christians there in Egypt, living out those details is looking more and more like a life threatening situation.
- As Islamists Flex Muscle, Egypt’s Christians Despair (online.wsj.com)
- Salafis 101: 5 key facts (csmonitor.com)
- The Muslim Brotherhood’s Salafi pact puts Egyptian Christians in great danger(arcanaintellego.wordpress.com)
- Islamists poised to prosper in new Egypt (guardian.co.uk)
- Why Egypt Is Descending Into Sectarian Strife And Lawlessness (businessinsider.com)