At Christmas mass, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi asked Christians to ‘please accept our apologies’ for their persecution and pledged to have every single church fixed within one year. In 2013, after the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, Time Magazine designated Al-Sisi the ‘most important man in the world.’
Clarion Project (h/t Robert S) For the second time, Egyptian President Al-Sisi attended a Coptic Christmas mass — a strong symbolic move that he was the first head of state to make. This year, he asked the Christians to “please accept our apologies” for their persecution and the length of time it has taken to rebuild churches attacked by Islamists. He pledged to have every single one fixed within one year.
Al-Sisi attended the mass with the Coptic Pope and told the country to accept diversity as part of Allah‘s creation “God [Allah] has created us different … in religion, manner, color, language, habit, tradition … and no one can make us the all same,” he said to an applause.
In the days before the Christmas mass, Al-Sisi used the holiday of the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday to criticize Islamic religious authorities, challenging them to send Christmas wishes to Christians and to preach that no one should be harmed for their choice of religion. It was a direct shot at the Islamist teachings that Muslims who leave the faith should be executed for apostasy.
“In our schools, institutes and universities, do we teach and practice respect for the other? We neither teach or practice it,” he said.
The Egyptian Streets website quoted him as saying:
“Can I impose upon someone pressure, physically or morally, to change their religion? Would God accept this?” “What are we afraid of? Are we custodians of people’s minds or choices? No we are not. In religion specifically, no. Each of us will be judged independently … and [people] will have to answer [for their choices and what they choose to believe].”
Al-Sisi became the first Egyptian President to attend a Christmas mass last year, where he appealed to the country’s strong nationalism to undercut anti-Christian sentiment. He proclaimed in his televised remarks, “Let no one say, ‘What kind of Egyptian are you?’… It is not right to call each other anything but ‘the Egyptians.’ We must only be Egyptians!”
“We will love each other for real, so that people may see,” he said as he stood next to Coptic leaders and fought back tears in his eyes on national television.
After the Islamic State (ISIS) executed a group of Egyptian Coptic Christians, El-Sisi emphasized that their deaths were just as heinous as if they had executed Muslims.
Al-Sisi is most known for his epic declaration last year that Egypt must lead a modernist reformation in Islamic interpretations, placing the blame for Islamic terrorism and human rights abuses squarely on teachings rooted in Islamism (political Islam).
He is direct in saying that Egypt must not be an Islamic state, but a civil one and the current Islamic thinking, based on the texts and Islamic Law, are “antagonizing the entire world.”
He is telling all who will listen that his fellow Muslims who use terrorism, suicide bombings, beheadings, mass killings, violent expansionism and wish to kill and subjugate ‘the others’ to build a new caliphate so that they themselves may live, is impossible.
In 2010, the Obama Regime gave $770 million to refurbish mosques in Mideast Muslim countries at a time when the United States was suffering its worst financial crisis since the Stock Market Crash of 1929.
U.S. Taxpayers subsidize overseas mosques
From 1915 – 1923, some 1.5 million Christians were brought through what is now Turkey and walked to their deaths near Deir-al-Zour in modern Syria. One hundred years on, only a handful of survivors remain to tell the stories of the Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Turkish Muslims, which they witnessed.
Herald Standard As a candidate for president, Obama repeatedly vowed to recognize the Armenian genocide once in office, vowing “a principled commitment to commemorating and ending genocide.” But since 2009, Obama has declined to use the words “Armenian Genocide” in the face of furious resistance from Turkey, a supposed NATO ally.
In a written statement, Obama said the 1915 killings of some 1.5 million Armenians represent “one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century.” But year after year, he refuses to use the word “genocide” to describe it.
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In 1915, Christians comprised 20% of the Middle East. Today, they are barely 5% and disappearing fast. Barack Hussein Obama not only refuses to take in any Christian refugees from war-torn Syria and Iraq, he is deporting the ones who are already here.
FAITHKEEPERS, The Movie is a documentary due to be released in 2016 documentary film about the violent persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East. The film features exclusive footage and testimonials of Christians, Baha’i, Yazidis, Jews, and other minority refugees, and a historical context of the persecution in the region. The film also follows the story of a 24-year-old Christian student from North Carolina on her journey of discovery and solidarity with persecuted brothers and sisters in the Middle East.
At the same time, Barack Hussein Obama is trying to bring in up to 200,000 Syrian Muslim so-called ‘refugees,’ but apparently has decided there is no room in America for 12 Chaldean Christians who are being persecuted and slaughtered in Iraq by ISIS. What’s more, Chaldean leaders in the US were advised by the attorneys representing the Christian ‘detainees’ NOT TO COMMENT on their deportation. Or what?
WND Nearly half of the 27 Iraqi Christians the Obama administration has been holding for the past six months at an ICE detention center in Otay Mesa, California, are set to be deported in coming weeks, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Monday.
An immigration judge ordered their removal in the last two weeks, ICE spokeswoman Lauren Mack said. She declined to provide specific information about why the immigrants are being deported and where they will be taken. If the Christians are sent back to Iraq they will face almost certain death.
The 27 Iraqi Christians — also known as Chaldeans — have been detained in Otay for about six months as their immigration cases proceeded, activists and family members told the San Diego Union-Tribune. The Chaldeans were detained by immigration authorities after they attempted to cross the U.S.-Mexico border through the San Ysidro Port of Entry without documentation several months ago.
Iraq is home to one of the most ancient Christian communities, evangelized by the Apostle Thomas not long after the time of Jesus. It was home to 1.5 million Christians under Saddam Hussein but after the U.S. invaded in 2003, al-Qaida started bombing churches and kidnapping prominent Christian leaders. The attacks became more fierce after al-Qaeda in Iraq morphed into ISIS and the country has been virtually emptied of its Christian population since then.
Thousands of Chaldeans have fled Iraq, escaping fierce persecution at the hands of terrorists fighting for the Islamic State. Many of their men who refuse to convert to Islam have been beheaded or otherwise killed while their wives and daughters have been sold into sex slavery. Tens of thousands have been forced out of their homes and live in hiding, afraid to even show up at United Nations’ refugee camps, where they often find themselves the victims of further abuse by Muslims.
The pending deportation of these 12 detainees comes as two Iraqi women were arrested on suspicion of fraudulently seeking asylum in the U.S., a federal crime that comes with a penalty of up to five years in custody and a $250,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Iraqi Chaldean Christians rally in support of 27 Chaldeans being held at an ICE detention center in California.
At the same time the Obama administration deporting Christians, it has over the years allowed in countless Muslim migrants from Africa and the Middle East who crossed the Southern border the same way the Chaldeans did.
The U.S. has large Chaldean Catholic communities in Detroit and San Diego. Chaldean families have held regular demonstrations in support of the 27 detainees, the majority of whom have family who are U.S. citizens, but on Monday they were told by government officials they’d better not comment on the issue.
Obama’s Justice Department has also gone after the nation’s most successful Chaldean Christian immigration attorney, Robert Dekelaita, 52, of Glenview, Illinois.
DeKelaita has helped thousands of Christians escape the jihadist-inspired violence of Iraq, Egypt and Syria going back to 2001. For his efforts, he was indicted last year on charges of immigration fraud. DeKelaita maintains his innocence and is still awaiting trial.
In an interview with WND last month, DeKelaita said Chaldean-Americans are some of the hardest working of all immigrants. Many in Detroit are successful businessmen who employ hundreds in the convenience store and hospitality industries. (Obama only wants muslims from the Middle East who spend their lives on welfare)
A year after U.S. airstrikes and Kurdish fighters saved Iraq’s Yazidi population from death at the hands of ISIS atop Mount Sinjar, the historic religious enclave is facing death in its homeland and a cold shoulder from America.
Blonde-haired, blue-eyed Yazidi girls are being captured, raped, and impregnated by Islamic State savages in order to dilute the ‘white’ gene in them and make them all Muslims
FOX News Despite the ongoing threat of execution in Iraq, nearly all Yazidis, a Kurdish monotheistic community that lives throughout Iraq, Syria, Turkey and even Armenia and Georgia, who have applied for asylum in the U.S. have been rejected, FoxNews.com has learned. The reason why is not clear, but advocates say Washington is turning a blind eye on the situation.
“What we are seeing, in real time, is genocide,” said Frank Wolf, a former congressman from Virginia and senior fellow at 21st Century Wilberforce, a nonprofit that seeks to protect Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East. “To declare it genocide, that would expedite relief. You can’t allow it to go on.”
The Yazidi religion includes elements of ancient nature-worship, as well as influences from Christianity, Gnosticism, Zoroastrianism, Islam and Judaism.
Of the tens of thousands of Yazidis uprooted from their homes, only 10 families have been granted asylum in the U.S., according to Yazda, an American-based Yazidi advocacy group. None of the visas were issued due to religious persecution faced at the hands of ISIS.
“None of these families [in U.S.] are related to the crisis,” Abid Shamden, who works with Yadza, told FoxNews.com, adding that the visas were given as part of a special program for translators who worked with the U.S. military during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. “But many are still there. They are not given any special status. They are all treated as the same. My family has been waiting since 2012 for visas.”
Shamden’s colleague added that several families who sought help under the translator program have even been denied. Officials for the State Department declined to comment, saying specific cases involving visas are confidential.
Many members of the religious minorities in Iraq and Syria — Yazidi or otherwise — have been seeking asylum in the U.S. since ISIS launched its violent offensive, carving out a caliphate the size of Indiana in northern Syria and Iraq. But the process is arduous, and often fruitless, say experts.
For the past six months, 27 Iraqi Christian asylum seekers fleeing the Islamic State (ISIS) have been locked up in an ICE detention center in Otay Mesa, CA, despite the fact that 20 of the 27 Chaldean Christians have American family members living in Southern California who are willing to sponsor them.
The Yazidi plight is similar to that of Chaldeans, an ancient Christian population routed from its historic home in Iraq. At the outset of the Iraq War in 2003, there were nearly 1.4 million Christians in the country. Estimates today say the total is likely fewer than 250,000.