The Islamic State (ISIS) calls for all churches in Egypt to be destroyed

Hussein bin Mahmoud, a jurist of Sharia law for the Islamic State, said in an article published on February 17 and appearing in various jihadi websites that all Christian churches in Cairo must be demolished.


Raymond Ibrahim  Titled the “Ruling on Egypt’s Christians,” the article, written like a fatwa, asserts that

The ruling concerning the churches that are in Cairo is that they be destroyed, according to the consensus of the righteous forefathers [Salaf], because they are new under Islam, and Cairo is a new city whose original inhabitants were Muslim; there were no churches in it previously.

As for churches in Upper Egypt, which may have been in existence before the Islamic conquest of Egypt, these may remain but may never be renovated or fixed.

The Islamic state cleric cited medieval jurist Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328), some of whose fatwas deal with Islam’s views on churches which are described as “worse than bars and brothels.” And in fact, Taymiyya and many other jurists (such as Ibn Qayyim) called for the destruction of all churches built after the conquests.

21 Egyptian Coptic Christians beheaded by ISIS

21 Egyptian Coptic Christians beheaded by ISIS


HUFFPO  Many in Egypt have accused the United States, Qatar, and Turfkey of supporting ISIS. The state-run newspaper Al-Ahram ran a front-page story calling Qatar, Turkey and the U.S. the “triangle of the forces of evil.”


Egyptian President al-Sisi has good reason to feel this way. The U.S, Qatari, sand Turkish governments expressed support for the elected Muslim Brotherhood-run government, a product of the Arab Spring, that Sisi and the military overthrew in 2013 in a restoration of Egypt’s autocratic old guard.




This idea seems to have taken hold in Al Aour, the village that was home to 13 of ISIS’s Egyptian victims.

“I have a message to Obama,” Emet Suleiman Shahata, the brother of one of the men beheaded by a Libyan offshoot of the Islamic State, told The WorldPost this week at the village’s Coptic Christian church. “Egypt will be strong no matter what our enemies do.”

Shahata and the men around him interrupted each other in their rush to explain precisely how the U.S. helped make the ISIS atrocity possible. “The United States is the backbone of support for Qatar and Turkey, and they are backing terrorism,” Shahata continued.




Media outlets in Egypt also had promoted the idea that Qatar and the U.S. are aiding terror. On Tuesday, Middle East news site Al Bawaba published a headline that stated: “Strike Qatar…Daesh [ISIS] will fall.”

And on Thursday, the leading newspaper Al Masry Al Youm ran a cartoon showing “Daesh,” the preferred Arabic term for the Islamic State, intertwined with “USA.”

The state-run newspaper Al-Ahram ran a front-page story the same day calling Qatar, Turkey and the U.S. the “triangle of the forces of evil.”

The U.S. and Egypt presently have “mutual frustration,” a U.S. official told the Daily Beast this week. The Pentagon made clear on Wednesday that Egypt did not inform Washington before it flew U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets to bomb ISIS camps near the town of Derna in eastern Libya.


Libya has remained a major battleground for the ongoing conflict between Qatar and the anti-Brotherhood forces linked with Sisi despite the signs of regional reconciliation. The country is split between two militia-backed governments: one in the west composed of both moderate and radical Islamists, which is thought to be supported by Qatar, and a more secular Sisi-backed one in the east, which is internationally recognized but seen as too connected to the old Gaddafi regime.

Sisi has never fully warmed to either the U.S. or Qatar. Both governments expressed support for the elected Muslim Brotherhood-run government, a product of the Arab Spring, that Sisi and the military overthrew in 2013 in a restoration of Egypt’s autocratic old guard.


It is no secret that there is no love lost between Obama and al-Sisi. Obama still supports the Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohamed Morsi and has voiced his opposition to the ouster and imprisonment of Morsi on many occasions. Qatar is the home base for the Muslim Brotherhood now.

U.S. officials did not anticipate Sisi’s government would further complicate the civil war by publicly accusing Qatar of backing ISIS. Despite the fact that Egypt has conflated Islamists in Egypt and in Libya with the Islamic State, it is a serious escalation for Cairo to call a fellow Arab government an ISIS backer.


Analysts say this rift is the last thing Washington needs as it considers how to respond to ISIS: Cairo would be on the frontlines of any effort against ISIS expansion in Libya, and a U.S. base in Qatar is the center of the U.S. air war against the militants in Iraq and Syria.

For now, the U.S. has not taken a public position on the Egyptian airstrikes or the subsequent inter-Arab spat. A spokesperson for Gen. John Allen, the U.S. envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition, declined to comment on the situation’s impact on the coalition.


Obama is training and funding so-called "moderate" Syran rebels

Obama is training and funding so-called “moderate” Syran rebels


Islamic State (ISIS) savages planning to slaughter 150 Christians that they kidnapped, including women and children, unless the airstrikes are stopped

But it’s going to take them a little time to build enough immolation cages. ISIS is holding many more Assyrian Christians hostages than previously thought — and is planning to release a video threatening to kill them.


CNN  The abductions of the Christians took place Mondayafter ISIS seized two Assyrian communities from Kurdish forces in the northeast province of Hassakeh. Osama Edward, founder of the Assyrian Human Rights Network, told CNN that the extremist group is now believed to have 150 hostages, citing the latest information from the network’s team on the ground.

The video message will be directed to Barack Obama and other members of the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, Edward said from Stockholm, Sweden. Edward, who has family in the area attacked by the terror group, said the latest information from the ground indicated the hostages had been moved to an ISIS-controlled location.

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The activist organization Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently also said on Twitter that ISIS has moved a number of Assyrian captives to Raqqa, which has been called the Islamist extremist group’s de facto capital.

The last message received from the hostages was a text from a kidnapped woman to her husband, Edward said. She said the kidnappers were interrogating the hostages about whether the women were members of local militias. 

Edward said he feared the hostages would face the same fate as Assyrians targeted in Iraq and the more than 20 members of Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority slaughtered by ISIS in Libya last month. “Maybe they are facing the same destiny. That’s why we call on all over the world, like the U.S, Europe, coalition forces — protect Assyrians, save Assyrians in Syria,” he said.


“They are facing death, people are unarmed, they are peaceful. And they need help, they are just left alone — no one’s protecting them.”

Edward said some 35 Assyrian villages and towns had now been taken over by ISIS, forcing thousands of families to flee. Some 600 of these families have taken refuge in St. Mary’s Cathedral in al-Hasakah, Syria. After years caught up in the middle of a civil war, many of these Assyrians lack food, water, blankets and other basics.


The Assyrians are a proud group that’s overcome a lot in their history. They can trace their roots back some 4,000 years to the time of Mesopotamia, considered one of the cradles of civilization and birthplace of writing and literature. While their first religion was Ashurism, Assyrians have been predominantly Christian since the third century.

“How can Syria be Syria without the Assyrians?” Edward said. “We gave the country our name.”

ISIS has proven, time and again, its willingness to ruthlessly go after minority groups who don’t subscribe to Islam. 


ISLAMIC STATE (ISIS) savages kidnap at least 90 Assyrian Christians from Northeast Syria

The abductions took place after ISIS seized two Assyrian communities from Kurdish forces in the northeast province of Hassakeh. Dawn raids are said to have spread ‘panic’ in the villages, inhabited by the ancient Christian minority along the banks of the Khabur River near the town of Tel Hmar.


UK Daily Mail  Most of the captives are said to have came from the village of Tal Shamiram, located 50 miles miles southwest of the Hassakeh provincial capital of Qamishli, with others taken from Tal Hermuz.  The kidnappings were revealed by the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The latest offensive coincides with a push by Syrian Kurds in the northeast near the Iraqi border since Sunday that had compounded losses for the militant group in Syria. Sources are reported to have told the human rights watchdog that jihadists swooped to abduct dozens of civilians from the village of Tal Shamiram. 


Nuri Kino, founder of A Demand for Action (ADFA), said the Syrian villages had been attacked at 5am with 3,000 people ‘displaced’. The organisation, which campaigns for Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs in the country, said ‘refugees and fighters’ had been in touch with relatives in Sweden, Germany and Canada to confirm the figures.

Mr Kino said between 70 and 100 people – mostly women and children – had been taken away while the men that were abducted were transported to the Abd al-Aziz mountains. He told Newsweek how witnesses had described the Isis force as ‘massive’ and that an atmosphere of ‘panic’ had spread throughout the villages. 


It has been reported that the extremists had demanded a prisoner swap with the Kurdish fighters. 

An Assyrian woman from Tal Shamiram who now lives in Beirut said she has been scrambling to find out what has become of her parents as well as her brother and his wife and kids. ‘Land lines have been cut, their mobiles are closed,’ she told The Associated Press. ‘Have they been slaughtered? Are they still alive? We’re searching for any news.’

The Islamic State group’s online radio station, al-Bayan, said in a report today that IS fighters had detained ‘tens of crusaders’ and seized 10 villages around Tal Tamr after clashes with Kurdish militiamen. ISIS frequently refers to Christians as ‘crusaders.’ 


‘Christophobic’ French media insult Christians in story about desecration of cemeteries

BFM-TV released a story about the number of cemetery desecrations according to the different faiths – Christian, Jewish, and Muslim. But just a few hours later, they got rid of the “Christian” designation and changed it to “Municipal” cemeteries. Why?

The story at 8:18 AM and same story again at 1:09 PM


Fdesouche (h/t Christian M)


NOW IN LIBYA: The Islamic State (ISIS) appears to have slaughtered 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians

Twenty-one Egyptian Coptic Christians kidnapped by ISIS in Libya around New Year’s are feared dead, after Twitter accounts linked to the Libyan branch of the Islamic State announced they had been slaughtered.


ANSAMED  There is no official confirmation yet but Egyptian media believe the news to be reliable and two pictures released by the same Twitter sources show what they describe as “the Islamic State carrying out the execution of Coptic prisoners in the province of Tripoli”.

In the first picture five men wearing the notorious orange jumpsuit are kneeling while hooded hangmen armed with knives stand behind them. The caption, written in English, describes them as “the humiliated followers of the Coptic church”.


In another picture more men wearing the orange jumpsuit appear in a line with their executioners under a message in English that reads “revenge for the Muslim women persecuted by Coptic crusaders in Egypt”. These pictures along with others were published by Dabiq, Isis’ online magazine in English, together with an announcement of the kidnapping but not of the execution.

The abduction, already described by several sources as having taken place around New Year’s, was claimed on January 12 and there remains a faint hope that the news of the execution on Twitter is a fake stretching of the images released. The Egyptian government which set up a special crisis unit to follow the kidnapping did not confirm the death of the Copts.


Intense contacts “have been established with Libyan counterparts to clarify the situation and assess the truthfulness” of the information provided reads a statement by the presidency. In the aftermath of the fall of Muammar Gheddafi, Libya has plunged into chaos with two governments claiming power with two armies and distinct militias.

Within this framework the Islamic State managed to create a caliphate in the city of Derna and to extend its realm of action more or less as far as Tripoli and Bengasi.

The Christian minority in Libya is increasingly at risk especially in the east of Libya where radical Islamists have grown more powerful and acts of intimidation and violence against Copts have risen. The kidnapped men, originally from the region of Minya in central Egypt, were abducted in the city of Sirte, Egyptian newspaper Al Shourouk reported.(ANSAmed).


PAKISTANI CHRISTIAN family living in fear after mother sentenced to hang allegedly for insulting Islam

Her only crime was being a Christian and touching the water from a well that Muslims also use. The family must now move from place to place because of continuing death threats on them by Muslims.

Is there no country in the West willing to offer asylum to this Christian family? Barack Hussein Obama surely won’t.



JUDGE JEANINE on the Islamic Jihad against Christians in the Middle East

Outside of the state of Israel, Jews already are extinct in the Middle East, and Christians soon will be as the genocide of Christians by Muslims continues to grow while the world looks the other way.

Territorial gains made by Islamic terrorists translate directly into tyranny against Christians and that tyranny will eventually find its way to our shores as it already has with the beheading of a Christian woman in Oklahoma by a Muslim co-worker. And the Pope thinks that dialog between the Muslim savages and the victims will make everything better.

Rick Wells (h/t Revealer)


GHANA: Muslim terrorist group Boko Haram beats a woman in public for allegedly buying food from a Christian

A vigilante Muslim group in Ghana that has named itself after Nigeria’s Boko Haram terrorist set, tortured a young woman for buying food from a Christian.


Vibe Ghana  Police have refuted claims that the group is an offshoot of the dreaded Boko Haram of Nigeria, but their modus operandi based on Starrfmonline’s investigations is akin to the terrorist entity.

In the disturbing video, which was taken with a mobile phone, a group of about eight young men were seen flogging a helpless lady on her butt and back on a bench in the open with a grown woman standing in the background watching. The men revelled in her agony as she wails and begs for mercy.

The police have since arrested over 12 suspects of the Islamic group operating in Akyem Ofoase Zongo in the Akyemanso District of the Eastern Region.


EGYPTIAN Security Forces foil Islamic terrorist attack on Coptic Christian Christmas celebration

Egyptian security forces on Wednesday arrested seven members of a Muslim terrorist cell led by a 50-year-old deputy headmaster of a secondary school in the Minya governorate, who is accused of plotting violent acts during the Coptic Christmas celebrations.

Zawya  The Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported that security officials confirmed that seven individuals were caught in possession of Molotov cocktails, pictures of the ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, and circuitry connected to mobile phones to detonate bombs from a distance, as part of a plan to disrupt the Christmas celebrations.


Iraqi Christians are systematically tortured and killed, adult men are being brutally circumcised, and whipped for drinking wine by ISIS savages


Iraqi Christians are reportedly being tortured in local churches by the Islamic State (ISIS) in northern Iraq. A Christian resident from the ISIS-held city of Mosul, told the Sunday Times: “These two churches are being used as prisons and for torture.

IB Times  Three of the Christian prisoners died because they were sick and nobody cared for them.” The man, known as Abu Aasi, claims that Christian prisoners in the churches are being forced to convert and that Islamic State have been “breaking all the crosses and statues of Mary”.

Thousands of Christians have fled Mosul since the city was seized by Islamic State in August 2014, leaving the city nearly devoid of Christians for the first time in more than 2,000 years.

Faced with the prospect of conversion, paying a special tax or execution, up to 20,000 Christians reportedly fled Mosul in just 45 days, according to a UN report. Islamic State’s determination to impose its radical interpretation of Shariah law has left many local civilians living in fear.

Photos have been released by Islamic State showing the harsh measures being imposed by the extremist group. Images show three men being whipped for drinking wine in Iraq. According to the local Islamic State media branch, the punishment took place in the Iraqi province of Kirkuk.


The photos show a large crowd of men, including a number of young boys, stand in a circle watching the punishment. Several of the crowd are holding the black flag of Islamic State whilst a number of Islamic State fighters stand guard.


Kneeling on a large green patterned carpet, the three men are shown with their hands unbound, resting on their laps. All three of the men appear to be in their late 40s and can be seen staring down at the ground.


A masked Islamic State fighter, wearing all black clothes is pictured whipping each man a number of times. The whip appears to be about half an arm’s length in size and made of leather. Secured with black tape, the tails of the whip are shown connecting sharply with the covered skin of each man.


Photos have also emerged of a man accused of adultery, being whipped in the Syrian town of Manbij. The photos shows a bearded Islamic State fighter, reading out the crimes of the accused over a microphone. The man is shown with his robe pulled over his head to reveal his back. Leaning against a pickup truck, the man is whipped by an Islamic State fighter.

Like the photos of the three men in Kirkuk being whipped for drinking wine, the final photo shows the adulterer embracing Islamic State fighter who read out his crimes.


IB Times  Canon Andrew White, the vicar of the only Anglican church in Iraq, has warned Christians in the country that the end of the religion in the country appears “very near”.

Christians in Iraq must convert, pay a tax or be killed, members of the Iraq State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) have said.


The majority of Christian people in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul fled when the announcement was made by the militant group last week. But Canon White has said they are trapped in the desert or on the streets with nowhere to go, and appealed for more help to counter the threat from Islamist militants.

“Things are so desperate, our people are disappearing,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “We have had people massacred, their heads chopped off.


“Are we seeing the end of Christianity? We are committed come what may, we will keep going to the end, but it looks as though the end could be very near.”

The vicar is in London this weekend to speak about the crisis and raise awareness of the need to provide more help to the persecuted minority. “The Christians are in grave danger. There are literally Christians living in the desert and on the street. They have nowhere to go,” he said.

As many as one million Christians had been living in Iraq prior to the US-led invasion in 2003; the majority in areas like Mosul where the communities date back to the first centuries of Christianity. There are now thought to be much fewer than half that number. (See Below)









CANADA rewrites the book on asylum for refugees from war-torn Syria

Canada will now give first priority to Syrian refugees from ‘religious minorities’…NOT MUSLIMS!


Refugee advocacy organizations in Canada have been asking the government to take in 10,000 more Syrians over the next two years, and the UN says it is in dire need of assistance as the civil war intensifies. Canada has agreed to open its doors..but with a unique stipulation…ONLY refugees from religious minorities, especially Christians, will be allowed to immigrate. 

Naturally the UN and Muslim advocacy groups have their panties in a bunch over this. The UNHCR’s policy on refugees says a resettlement state determines the “size and composition” of who and how many refugees it accepts, and “therefore has full control with respect to decisions on individual cases.”

h/t AlohaSnackbar01


Four Iraqi Christian kids beheaded after refusing to convert to Islam, telling ISIS: “No, we love Jesus.”

Four Iraqi Christian children, who were all beheaded by the Islamic State, refused to betray Jesus and graciously died in his name when the ISIS militants gave them one last chance to say the Islamic words of conversion, Rev. Canon Andrew White revealed.


Christian Post  In an interview last week with the Christian Broadcast Network published on the Orthodox Christian Network, White, who is the only Anglican vicar in Iraq and is know as “The Vicar of Baghdad,” detailed the plight of Christians in Iraq and recounted two instances when Islamic State’s forceful conversions directly pulled the strings of his heart.

Speaking on ISIS’ brutal mistreatment of religious minorities, White recounted the recent incident when ISIS militants beheaded four kids, all of whom were under the age of 15, when the kids refused to say that they would follow the Prophet Muhammad and told the ISIS fighters that they will always “love” and “follow” Jesus.

“ISIS turned up and they said to the children, ‘you say the words that you will follow Muhammad.’ The Children, all under 15, four of them, they said, ‘no, we love Yasua [Jesus]. We have always loved Yasua. We have always followed Yasua. Yasua has always been with us.'” White said. “[The Militants] said, ‘say the words!’ [The Children] said, ‘no, we can’t do that.’ They chopped all their heads off.”