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Congress Passes Bill for Special Envoy for Religious Minorities in Mideast
By Mark Stricherz

President Obama has had bill almost a week but no word yet on whether he will sign

Congress approves legislation to create a special envoy to aid persecuted Christians that languishes on the President's desk. An influential lawmaker denounces all of Washington for its timidity and inaction in the face of genocide. And last-minute meetings at the Capitol are called without the presence of administration officials.

Congressional Hearing on the Struggle for Civil Society in Egypt
By Marina R. Thomas

Subcommittee of Congress Foreign Affairs Committee held on July 24 a hearing on the Struggle for Civil Society in Egypt.

At the outset, Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said on the hearing:

Jizya: ‘Protection’ from Whom?
By Raymond Ibrahim

Is jizya—the money non-Muslims historically paid their Muslim conquerors—meant to buy them “protection,” including from outside enemies, as modern Western academics maintain?  Or was it simply extortion money meant to buy non-Muslims their lives, as Islam’s scriptures mandate?

The Cry of Iraq’s Christians Heard in Front of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
By Aleteia

"We are all Nazarenes," hundreds chant at protest.

Some 2000 people stood under the Paris summer sun for hours Sunday in front of Notre Dame Cathedral to express their solidarity with Christians in Iraq, an action which may have contributed to today’s announcement from the French government that it would grant asylum to those persecuted by the Islamic State.

Religious Freedom Report Highlights Discrimination in Egypt’s Judiciary
By EgyptSource – Atlantic Council

Released on July 28, the US State Department’s 2013 International Religious Freedom Report documents the status of religious minorities and religious freedom in Egypt over the course of the year, whether under former president Mohamed Morsi, or under the interim government after his removal.


JOIN THE OCT. 19 PROTEST AGAINST THE MASSACRE CARRIED BY EGYPT’S MILITARY FORCES AGAINST THE COPTS



 

When and Where: Wednesday, October 19.  Washington D.C. – In front of the Pennsylvania Av main gate of the White House from 11:00 to 04:00 p.m


Coptic Solidarity condemns the massacre by the Egyptian Military forces on Sunday October 9, 2011 against the peaceful demonstration by the Coptic community and the occasional Muslim supporters in front of the State TV headquarters, at Maspero, Cairo to protest the recent burning of a church in Aswan, southern Egypt. This unjustified aggression left 27 dead and over 300 persons wounded.  Military Security officers & soldiers initiated this barbaric and inhuman attack on this peaceful demonstration to silent the Copts. The military forces not only used live ammunition to kill the demonstrators but used their armored vehicles that they got from the USAID to deliberately crush Christians under their treads.


This is a new and most dangerous precedent in which the military forces carried out the attack while in the past it condoned such attacks when carried out by the mob that enjoyed total impunity.    Please join our peaceful demonstration to protest the barbaric attacks and oppressions, which are on a rapid increase both in frequency and in severity.

Please refer to the International Religious Freedom Report 2010, issued on Nov. 17, 2010 by the US Department of State for more information on the subject: http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2010/148817.htm and the May 2011 report of the US Commission on Religious Freedom (USCRF) that moved Egypt to “CPC” (country of particular concern), that categories the worst countries that violate religious freedom Rights of its citizens.


Please join us, and invite others, in a peaceful demonstration to protest the oppression of the Copts in Egypt and all other minorities in the Middle East.  It is your MORAL OBLIGATION.


Buses will leave in front of St Mark Coptic Church, Fairfax, VA and St Moses Coptic Church, Ashburn, VA at 10:00 AM on Wednesday October 19, 2011.

For more information: Halim Meawad (1-240-644-5153), Magdi Khalil (1-202-725-3091)

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