Yet another piece of evidence tying misled members of the United States government to the Islamic State’s roots has come to light. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the most authoritative clerics in the Muslim community – he has his own program on Al Jazeera and is chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars — asserts in a new interview that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the head-chopping, infidel-crucifying Islamic State, was once a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Further demonstrating its true face, Egypt’s National Salafi Party recently refused to count the Islamic State as a “terrorist” organization, or even that it had misinterpreted Islam.
The bill for the building of churches, which the three major Churches in Egypt had drawn and officially handed to the government last week, looks destined to have to wait for the election of a new parliament to be passed.
The wide-ranging restrictions and draconian sanctions proposed to be implemented on non-government organizations represent a danger to the democratic evolution of Egypt.
“The overthrow of Morsi has not provided the Copts with relief from violence and persecution.”
“(some) Muslims tend to regard Egypt's Islamization as permanent and consider the Copts a historical nuisance.”
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 2014 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 26-28, 2014.