As predicted by many realists, the so called Arab Spring has turned into an Islamic Winter, especially for members of minority religions in the Islamic world.
The Toronto Globe and Star runs a report on the conditions for Egypt’s Coptic Christians, who were the indigenous population of Egypt until they were conqueured by the armies of Islam and who are facing more and more harassment from Muslims since the rise to power of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Globe and Star said:
“Jackline Nessim and Wael Sedrak, like many of Egypt’s Christians, long for a present that is unlikely to arrive before Coptic Christmas on Jan. 7. In fact, it may be a very long time in coming.
“We want an end to the Muslim Brotherhood,” said Mr. Sedrak, 34, an interior decorator, referring to the Islamist group that controls Egypt’s presidency, dominates its legislature and wrote the newly approved constitution. “Every day they get more and more fanatic and make our lives miserable.” “
Sadly, whenever and wherever Islam is given access to the levers of power, it becomes oppressive. Unfortunately many in the Western Leftist and Liberal communities thought that Egypt would be different, how wrong they were.
Now it seems the Coptic Christians of Egypt are having to make the same decision that other minorities living in areas dominated by Islam have to make. Do they leave for an uncertain future in a free country, leaving behind nearly two millenia of history or do they stay and face ever more stringent restrictions on their lives?
The Globe and Star added:
At St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church in the affluent suburb of Maadi, many Christian parishioners – long a minority in this Muslim country – worry that the rise to power of the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood will marginalize them as never before. Thousands of Egyptian Christians are said to have left the country – an exodus of one of the world’s oldest Christian communities – and families here at this charming marble church fret over whether they should go, too.”
Those in the Free World, who spoke out in favour of the Muslim Brotherhood and assumed they had changed and were ‘moderate’ should hang their heads in shame. The victims of such a policy of thinking that the Muslim Brotherhood had mutated into responsible politicians, have been the Coptic Christians. The Western backers of the Muslim Brotherhood have quietly committed an abomination, the excision of Coptic Christianity from the nation of its birth.
There is a lesson that we in the Free World can learn from the tragedy of the Copts and that lesson is that those who profess or promote Islam are not to be trusted with the safety and security of those who follow other religions or none. Let us hope that this lesson has been well learned and that free people start to treat Islam and especially political Islam, with the contempt and distrust that it truly deserves.
Islam is about as compatible with enlightenment ideas of freedom, as Communism and Fascism are, if we keep repeating that fact, then the lesson will be learned, and the tragedy of the Copts will hopefully, not happen again.