MUSLIM "INFERIORITY COMPLEX" KILLS CHRISTIANS
By Raymond Ibrahim
As usual, Egyptian leadership did little to stop this latest rampage. According to eyewitnesses, though the mob opened fire around 5:30 p.m., the military did not arrive till 10 p.m., providing ample time to terrorize the Copts. One priest said "I called everyone, but no one bothered to come. I mourn all those young people who died," naively adding "We now must ask for international protection." Noting that this attack is unprecedented in scope, Muslim liberal writer Nabil Sharaf el Din said "The Army is either incapable [of stopping anti-Christian violence] or is an accomplice to the Salafis [Islamists]."
So what triggered this latest bit of Salafi savagery or, as the mainstream media calls it, "sectarian strife"? Islamists claim that a Christian girl converted to Islam and the Coptic Church responded by abducting her and torturing her into renouncing Islam. Hence, the wild rampage was part of a "rescue" effort.
This issue of Christian women supposedly converting to Islam, only to be kidnapped by the Coptic Church is the Islamists' latest excuse to make Coptic life a living hell (especially ironic since the well-documented reality in Egypt is the opposite: Islamists regularly kidnap and force Christian women to convert to Islam). Indeed, days before this rampage, thousands of Islamists marched in front of St. Mark Cathedral, Coptic Pope Shenouda's residence, demanding the "release" of other Christian women two wives of clergy, whom Muslims insist also converted to Islam, only to be abducted and tormented by the Coptic Church to return to Christianity.
(The notion of torturing people into returning to their original religion obviously comports well with Muslim logic: aside from the other Sharia schools, which recommend outright execution of apostates, the "liberal" Hanafi school, which is dominant in Egypt, maintains that apostate women should merely be imprisoned and beaten till they come to their senses and return to Islam.)
That these Coptic women have publicly insisted that they never converted to Islam does not seem to matter much; one of them, Camelia Shehata appeared on video months ago proclaiming that she will "live and die as a Christian"; she appeared again last week with her priest husband and young child, emphatically denying that she ever converted to Islam, imploring Muslims to leave them in peace.
This supposedly "chivalrous" behavior "rescuing" damsel converts to Islam, even when they insist that they never converted highlights the Islamic world's obsession with the issue of conversion: while it is known that those who convert out, the apostates, should be put to death, few people are aware that those who convert in against their will or not, based on false rumors or not are a great source of validation for Islam, and thus must be secured.
Even the West has been dragged into this obsession such as the persistent rumor that the late Jacque Cousteau embraced Islam, prompting the Cousteau foundation to issue a letter verifying its founder never converted, and lived and died as a Catholic Christian.
Indeed, a new Arabic book, Al-Quran Yaqum Wahdu which consists of 33 anecdotes of Western intellectuals converting to Islam after supposedly being bowled over by the truths of the Koran lists Cousteau and Islam critic Henryk Broder as its very first two examples, despite the fact that, back in the real world, everyone knows they never converted. One is left wondering how many, if any, of the other 31 anecdotes are true.
In an insightful Arabic op-ed, Muslim intellectual Khaled Montaser elaborates on why Muslims are obsessed with converts:
Discussing how the Arab world exulted when it erroneously thought that the German writer Henryk Broder had accepted Islam based on sarcastic remarks he had made Montaser wrote:
And there it is: just as Islamists refuse to face reality concerning socalled Western converts, so do they refuse to face reality concerning socalled Coptic converts to Islam. The only difference, of course, is that Copts live under Islamic authority hence, all the death and destruction visited upon Egypt's indigenous Christians whenever Islam's inferiority complex flares up.
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Raymond Ibrahim, a historian of Islam, Islamism and the Middle East, is the Associate Director of the Middle East Forum, a guest lecturer at the National Defense Intelligence College, and the editor of The Al-Qa'ida Reader, a collection of tranlations of key texts and documents of the Islamist movement. Ibrahim's translations of the religious texts and political propaganda comprising this collection help readers comprehend the origins, development, history, and serious danger of the Islamist war doctrines of Usama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Founders of Al-Qa'ida and implacable enemies of the U.S.A. and the West.
The foregoing article by Raymond Ibrahim was originally published in Front Page Magazine, May 14, 2011, and can be found on the Internet website maintained by the Middle East Forum, a foreign policy think tank which seeks to define and promote American interests in the Middle East, defining U.S. interests to include fighting radical Islam, working for Palestinian Arab acceptance of the State of Israel, improving the management of U.S. efforts to promote constitutional democracy in the Middle East, reducing America's energy dependence on the Middle East, more robustly asserting U.S. interests vis-ΰ-vis Saudi Arabia, and countering the Iranian threat. (URL: http://www.meforum.org/2902/muslim-inferiority-complex-kills-christians)
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