On November 23, 2015, the media office of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Al-Khayr province, Syria, released a new video featuring ISIS fighters praising the November 13 attacks in Paris, calling on France to either convert to Islam or pay the Jizya poll tax, and threatening to attack the U.S, Europe, Russia, Iran, China and Tajikistan.
Muslim family killed their daughter because she converted to Christianity and married a young Christian man.
"The family of the Coptic young man accused of marrying a Muslim woman from the village of Tamiya, Fayoum, sold their house to one of their relatives in the village and left," said a Copt from Tamiya in Fayoum.
The Coptic source told MCN that this was after a customary meeting was held between senior members of Muslim and Coptic families in Tamiya. The Coptic members attending the meetings took the initiative and called on the Coptic family to leave the village until the situation calms down to avoid sectarian congestion. The family of the Coptic man accepted the request.
Can it happen here? Yes.
The toll of Islamist carnage keeps growing: 130 killed and 352 injured in Paris; 229 mostly Russian airline passengers killed in the skies over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula; 19 dead in Bamako, Mali, at the Radisson Blu, a hotel favored by Westerners.
Black Daesh, white Daesh. The former slits throats, kills, stones, cuts off hands, destroys humanity’s common heritage and despises archaeology, women and non-Muslims. The latter is better dressed and neater but does the same things.
The Paris attacks required extensive planning and procurement predating ISIS's latest setbacks.
More airstrikes and tougher talk will not lead to the defeat of ISIS.
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Policy Education Day July 8 & 9, 2011
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an important show of support to the Copts as they, and Egypt, go through difficult times, eight U.S. Congressmen addressed a Policy Education Day organized by Coptic Solidarity on July 8. Altogether, some thirty five speakers took part in the two-day event, including policy experts, human rights and legal experts and representatives of several Middle Eastern minorities and indigenous communities. The conference, held under the theme of "Will Religious and Ethnic Minorities Pay the Price of the 'Arab Spring'?", discussed such issues as the geopolitics of the Copts in Egypt; democracy prospects in Egypt; respect of human and minority rights; persecution before and after the Arab Spring; Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists and the Copts; aid to Egypt; building alliances; role of the media; and the Coptic Youth in the Revolt and in the diaspora.
Key among the conference's resolutions:
Work in close alliance and coordination with genuine democratic, liberal and secular civil society forces in Egypt in order to save the country from the drastic consequences of falling under the control of a regime based on totalitarian religious ideologies;
Help the international community understand the strategic, long-term, negative impact of misunderstanding the nature of, or flirting with, the forces of religious fascism trying to dominate Egypt and the region;
Call upon the international community to tie any aid to Egypt to the country's abiding, constitutionally and legally, by its commitment to international human rights conventions and treaties; and to ear mark part of the aid to compensate victims of religious hate crimes.
Join hands with other N.E. religious minorities and indigenous communities to form a new regional organization that upholds values of secularism and human rights in the area;
Actively support the passage of resolutions H.R. 440 and S. 1245, on the appointment of a special envoy on religious freedom of N.E. religious minorities.
The Christian Copts are the native religious community of Egypt, descended from ancient Egyptians. They number around 15 million, including a large diaspora with more than half a million strong community of American Copts.
The Copts have been subjected to aggression and discrimination in Egypt at the hands of extremists and colluding authorities. Since the fall of Mubarak's authoritarian regime, the Coptic and other minority communities face an uncertain future shadowed by the prospect of a Muslim Brotherhood dominated government in the near future.
Coptic Solidarity is an INGO seeking to support of the Coptic community in Egypt and the protection of the fundamental human rights of all Egyptians.
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Coptic Solidarity 2015 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 11-13, 2015.