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.
Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC)
Under Threat: The Worsening Plight of Egypt’s Coptic Christians
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 334 Cannon HOB
Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on threats to religious freedom in Egypt, including, the worsening plight of Egypt’s Coptic Christians. At a time when the world’s attention is on Egypt as it undergoes historic but tumultuous political change, it is important that the U.S. continue to shine the spotlight on the difficulties confronting religious minorities in the country. Egypt is on the cusp of a new era but the transition to a democratic society means more than just holding elections. It means that basic freedoms—such as the freedom of religion— are protected.
The Coptic Christian community, which traces its origins back 2,000 years and is the largest religious minority in Egypt today, is under assault. Churches have been bombed and citizens have been attacked while the Egyptian government seemingly encourages a culture of impunity for those responsible for these acts of violence. This hearing will address the continued discrimination and physical threats to the Coptic community and consider how the United States can better support religious freedom.
We will hear from the following witnesses: ***
Kathy Fitzpatrick, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State
Nina Shea – Director, Center for Religious Freedom, Hudson Institute
Dina Guirguis – Egyptian American democracy activist, attorney, and member, Egyptian American Rule of Law Association
Adel Guindy - President, Coptic Solidarity International
Cynthia Farahat – Egyptian political activist, writer and researcher
Raymond Ibrahim – Middle East specialist and Associate fellow, Middle East Forum
***Witness list subject to change.
Frank R. Wolf James P. McGovern Member of Congress Member of Congress
Co-Chair, TLHRC Co-Chair, TLHRC
Coptic Solidarity 2015 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 11-13, 2015.