About Eeyore

Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

4 Replies to “Christians in the Middle East: Struggles for Acceptance in the Muslim World”

  1. The jihadists are out to murder or convert all Christians in Islamic nations, once they have accomplished this they are going to start on the Christians and others in the rest of the world.

  2. Given the invented narrative of post 1948/1967 “Palestinian” people and the entire political facade built up to push that invented narrative, juxtapose the reality of THE actual indigenous “Egyptian People”.
    The Jihad against Christian Coptic Egyptians (640 to 655)
    Another enduring lesson about the indigenous population of Egypt, by His Grace, <a href="Bishop Thomas of the El-Qussia and Mair Lecture on Copts in Egypt via The Hudson Institute, July 18, 2008

    Quote:

    “The word “Copts” doesn’t ring a big bell for many ears. Sometimes [people here] don’t know what are Copts, who are they, and why they are called Copts. That’s why I felt that it is worth it to start by explaining why we are called Copts and the explanation might tell you a little bit of the dilemma we have.
    Egypt has been always Aigyptos and everybody knew Egypt as Aigyptos. In the 7th Century there was a shift in the name and the country. When the Arabs came to Egypt, or, rather, invaded Egypt, they could not pronounce Aigyptos because of the linguistic differences. They pronounced it Gypt; so they took away the “Ai” and the “os.” So Aigyptos became Gypt, and, when they wrote it, they wrote it with a “Ka” so it became “Copt.” The whole country was that of the Copts.
    But gradually, for various reasons, whether because of taxation or pressure of some kind, or ambitions in dealing with the leaders or the governors of the country, some people converted. Those who converted were no longer Copts. They became something else, and those who remained Christians were the ones who were called “the Copts.”
    Here I will stop and pose a question: What makes a person change the identity of his own nation and shift the focus of his identity from Egypt to become “the Arabs” even though ethnically they are the same persons? They are the same people, but no longer “Copts.” That’s a big question mark and that’s a big reason for what is happening now. The Copts have been always focused on Egypt; it’s our identity, it’s our nation, it’s our land, it’s our language, it’s our culture. But when some of the Egyptians converted to Islam, their focus changed away from looking to their own [language and culture]. They started to look to the Arabian, and Arabia became the main focus. Instead of looking to where they are, they start to look elsewhere. So the focus here has changed and they will never be called any more “Copts.” That’s a big shift and this is actually a very important reason for what is happening now.”

    Lan Astaslem

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