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MORSI’S EGYPT: MORE POWER, MORE PERSECUTION

ICC Note:

Could history be repeating itself? When taking a historical look at regimes which came into power, and were opposed to Christianity, the prediction is an ominous future for Christians in Egypt. This article discusses one possible outcome, “The Christians will be massacred by orders from the state itself, and will be happily done not only by government officers and soldiers, but by the Egyptian people themselves. Egypt will not be ruled under full dictatorship, but also by mob rule.”

By MICHAEL CARL

11/24/2012 Egypt (World News Daily)- Christian human-rights analysts warn the expanded powers seized by Egypt’s president means more anti-Christian persecution to come.

In a set of legal maneuvers this week, Muslim Brotherhood-anointed President Mohamed Morsi moved to sidestep the courts and make his office immune to judicial oversight. With no constitution to restrain him, Morsi holds broad executive and legislative authority.

Middle East analyst Theodore Shoebat’s concern is what Morsi’s power grab means for Egypt’s Christians. He references two regimes – one ancient, one modern – to illustrate what happens when leaders opposed to Christianity take control.

“Before Nero inflicted a full persecution on the church, he at first seized full control of the Roman government,” Shoebat said.

“In order for us to comprehend how Christians will be eventually persecuted under a Muslim Brotherhood Egypt, we must look to North Sudan, a country also run by a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Omar al-Bashir,” he continued.

“Bashir has committed a genocide of millions of Christians all in the name of jihad. And he, like Morsi, also believes that the Quran must be the constitution of his country,” Shoebat said.

Shoebat said he sees no reason to believe Morsi will not follow the model of both Nero and al-Bashir.

“The same will happen in Egypt. Once Morsi makes sure that he is officially a dictator, then a full out persecution of the Copts will occur,” Shoebat said.

Shoebat said a small hint of Morsi’s intentions was revealed in the president’s response to the investiture of the new Coptic pope.

“Lets not forget, Morsi refused to attend the ceremony for the Coptic Pope Tawadros II – this is quite the indication of his hatred for the Christian population,” Shoebat said.

International Christian Concern’s Middle East analyst Aidan Clay noted the Coptic pope made good on his threat to pull out of the Constituent Assembly.

“Islamists have made it blatantly clear that they will draft their version of the constitution without buy-in from secularists or Christians. At least 12 liberals withdrew from the Constituent Assembly – the 100 member body tasked with drafting Egypt’s new constitution – on Sunday, following the departure of five Christian representatives days earlier, because they were not given fair representation,” Clay said.

WND reported earlier that newly installed Pope Tawadros II had threatened to pull the Christian delegates from the Constituent Assembly if the body didn’t stand firm on the decision to leave Article Two intact, the article that only permits Shariah to be a legal guide in Egypt.

Tawadros is warning he will pull the Christian delegates from the Egyptian Constituent Assembly if a religious freedom article in the nation’s draft constitution is compromised.

Tawadros, who recently was chosen as the deceased Pope Shenouda III’s successor, says Christians will stand firm on Article Two.

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