Sunday, January 22, 2006

Video: Procession of the Martyrs

The funeral of the two Coptic martyrs in Udayssat, Luxor
Mr. Kamal Shakir
And
The Coptic child Guirgis Shehata who died out of fear and terror of the Muslim rampage against the Copts in Udayssat
Click here to watch the procession (Courtesy of the US Copts association)
The Coptic crowd in the procession are chanting Kiriya Eliyson "Lord Have Mercy"

Copts held the funeral at the unlicensed church , which appears to be a sign of protest against Egypt’s 150-year-old Hamayouni law that governs the building and basic upkeep of non-Muslim places of worship.
The legislation creates unequal treatment of mosque and church construction, and Copts complain that it has been abused to stifle Christian activity.

The problem of unregistered place of worship in Udaysaat is not isolated. “Most of the churches in Upper Egypt are unlicensed,” Sidhom- Editor of Watani newspaper commented to Compass.

Many churches, such as St. George’s in the Sohag province, have had their applications for official registration stalled for years by government officials.
The Coptic congregation in the village of Bani Khalid has been unsuccessfully applying for church registration since authorities closed down the church building in 1990.
St. Mary's church, in the east side of Mallawi, El Minia province has been closed since 1986 depriving over 25000 local Copts from their right of worship. All Coptic calls on the Egyptian government to reopen the church have fallen on deaf ears.

14 Comments:

At 10:37 PM , Anonymous Peter said...

Why are the cronies of human rights organizations silent? are they too busy caring about the Guantanamo detainees!

 
At 12:47 PM , Blogger Egypeter said...

Good question.

All those useless organizations are more concerned that the Guantanoma fanatics are getting clean bed sheets, three meals a day and peace and comfort.

Christians getting slaughtered with axes for praying in an "UNLISCENSED" church is irrelevant.

huh?

 
At 1:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers go to the families of the two victims of the hate crime. Please join me in prayers for the people of this village. And to make this prayer powerful and according to Christ grace, please also pray for those who are attacking us. One day the same people who attacked our churches because of the spirit of hate in Satan will join us in building them by the spirit of love in Christ.

The worst thing a Christian can do is to HATE. These atrocities against Christians are essentially part of wider struggles in the spiritual realm. So always be conscious about the spiritual background of these issues. The greatest force that we can use is to put Christ love between us and this world. And when we are in Christ we are always living in victory even in the middle of the darkest storm. Remember that our God do love them even those who hate his name, because God is LOVE.
MATTHEW 5:44,48 NKJ
44 "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,

If you are a Muslim and wants to get a taste of what really Christianity is, please go to this site.

http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/teachings.html
eemc2203@yahoo.com

 
At 3:41 PM , Blogger myfingerisonthebutton said...

Sometimes hate can be used for something productive. Your grand illusions that fasting and prayer, well make us victorious in the future are somewhat delusional. This is the sort of attitude that brought the scourge of Islam into Egypt, which brought forth fourteen centuries of suffering in our own homeland. I get disgusted when I see pictures of innocent children dieing because of the inaction of our leaders. What is the church position? To fast and pray for an additional three days? We already fast and pray enough…haven’t we seen the results of Gandhi and King to understand that without political action civil rights can not be attained?

Morals and ethics won’t save our community, when thousands of Copts immigrate each day leaving their homes and villages. We need a leader who is capable of defending the rights of each Copt.

 
At 3:56 PM , Blogger Egypeter said...

Every person commenting on this post has a valid point. One thing is certain and that is ALL Copts want the freedom to practice their faith and live in Egypt as EQUAL partners with muslims. The question is is how do we attain this? It is an ananswer that has eluded the Copts for 1400 years. I know that, as Christians, there is no subsitute to fasting and prayer. I agree with this sentiment but I also think that without action there will be no results. I think myfinger brings up a good point in referencing the examples of Rev. Kind and Gandhi and that both faith and action are needed to advance the basic Human Rights of Copts.

I also think that the Coptic community in Egypt needs a political leader who is independent of the church. I think this is of the utmost importance so that we can have someone who is concerned ONLY with Coptic political advancement without needing approval from the Church.

All I know for sure is that things need to change and quickly.

 
At 6:35 PM , Anonymous Mena said...

I'm perplexed by the position taken by the church leadership, they are not as outspoken as they ought to be specially those in the diaspora. The priests in the diaspora oight to be ashamed of themselves for not speaking out on behalf of our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ.

 
At 10:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please continue to expose the fanatical deeds of Egyptians. The more they see these things, the better the chance that someone will recognize the wrong actions of these fanatics. Islam is in a great crisis that they never experience before. As we all learned in our religion education when we were young what Mohamed and his followers did to those who opposed them. We all learned about the apostate wars where the Muslims army killed or enslaved all Arabic tribes who rejected Islam. Muslims from that day on were FORCED to shut their heads and mouths.

Muslims have never recovered and are not able to recover.
So keep on speaking the TRUTH; someone will eventually walk up.
Islam is in great crisis because the world now is open. The crisis of Islam is ours, like it or not.
Eemc2203@yahoo.com

 
At 7:25 AM , Anonymous raif said...

What is needed now and more than any angry words is action. We need to protest the unjust treatment of Copts in Egypt and the threats they are facing everywhere in Egypt. We also need to act to support our brothers and sisters, the heros of Luxor, with our financial help. Money is needed to help the vicims and their families, and also to pursue any legal action against the criminals, and the system which supports them.

 
At 7:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

eemc2203@yahoo.com - first the unislamic acts in Luxor are deeds of an ignorant group with Muslim names. Muslims in Egypt are no less perscuted than the Christians.

As for the link you posted, I can respond for each point in the table with an equivalent in the Qur'an and Sunna. It is the same message, from the same source, since day one.

Early Christians unfortunately changed the golden rule by ascribing partners to God. God is one, no son, not begotten, nothing like him.

God bless you all with the guidance.

 
At 7:46 AM , Anonymous Peter said...

Dear Anonymous:
The acts in Luxor are completely Islamic.
Don't you know anything about the Islamic Fiqh (Jurisprudance)?
Can you tell us about the ruling of building churches and non- Muslim houses of worship in Islam?

 
At 1:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Muslim Anonymous on this group.
As you know by now the world is wide open, and it is your chance to meet God who loves you. You believed in a lie called Islam. Islam tough you about a religion called Christianity which is radically different and ridiculously primitive form of religion that exists only in the mind of Mohammed. This Islamo-Christinity has nothing to do with the faith of Christians all over the world. Islam-Christianity teaches as reveled in the Quran and Haddith teaches you that:
-God is three
-God is Allah, Miriam and Isa
-God has a partner
-God slept with a woman called Miriam and begotten a son called Isa
-Mohammed is messenger of Allah
-Mohammed and Isa are prophetes of allah
-Nassara and Jews corrupted their scriptures
All of are written above are not related to our faith, and Allah is not our God. In fact is, if God is God, then allah is the devil. I know that Arabic speaking Christians use the word Allah for God, but it just a name for a God is radically opposite to your understanding of God.
So my message for you, if you want to meet God, I will help to do so. However, you will never able to meet the true God unless you change and repent of your sins. It is up to you and it is between you and God, who always loves you.
Blessings
Eemc2203@yahoo.com

 
At 2:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lie to yourself all you want, the deviated Christianity of today is the most blood thirsty religion this earth has ever witnessed. For god's sake, you drink blood (in symbolism) each sunday, you worship a cross, an object of death and brandish it everywhere on your body, your possessions, and even tattoo yourself with it. Give it up bloody Draculas.

 
At 8:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

God blesses you brother.
You still can have eternal life. If you meet Christ you will never die again. So why do you want to live in sins and away from God.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son" (John3:16-18)

You will never know until you open your heart not to me or to a prophet, but to God HIMSELF.

eemc2203@yahoo.com

 
At 7:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent, love it! »

 

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