Following are excerpts from an interview with Egyptian cleric Hisham Al-'Ashri, which aired on Al-Tahrir TV on January 10, 2013. Al-'Ashri, who recently returned to Egypt from the U.S., has established a committee for the promotion of virtue and prevention of vice.
The Copts in the village of al-Marashda in Nag Hammadi, some 600km south of Cairo, have been under attack by the Muslim villagers since last evening, under the pretext that a 60-year-old Copt, Nader Attiya, molested a four-year-old village girl. Even though the girl was pronounced unmolested by the medical authorities in the village, the attack has been ongoing.
Rashad Hussain, former White House lawyer and now Obama's special envoy to the Muslim world, the Organization of the Islamic Conference. Getty
According to the Egyptian press, several of the radical Muslim Brotherhood operatives have infiltrated the U.S. government and are influencing policy here.
The respected Egyptian magazine Rose al-Youssef has identified at least six Brotherhood-tied agents of influence who have worked into positions inside the Obama administration.
Egypt's Islamist president sought Wednesday to defuse Washington's anger over his past remarks urging hatred of Jews and calling Zionists "pigs" and "bloodsuckers," telling visiting U.S. senators that his comments were a denunciation of Israeli policies.
The case is the latest example of the increasingly dire plight of the naation's Christians.
The 15-year prison sentence given to a woman and her seven children by an Egyptian court for converting to Christianity is a sign of things to come, according to alarmed human rights advocates who say the nation's Islamist government is bad news for Christians in the North African country.
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