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January 15, 2014 - 3:40 pm

Yet another Coptic Christian child was recently kidnapped in Egypt.  Thirteen-year-old Cyril Rif‘at Fayiz was abducted in the Minya district by “unknown persons” who later called the child’s parents demanding one million Egyptian pounds, nearly the equivalent of $150,000 USD.

This phenomenon—kidnapping and holding Coptic children captive for large ransoms—has become a regular feature of the Egyptian landscape, particularly in Minya, Upper Egypt.  A few examples follow:

  • August 2013: Copts held a funeral for Wahid Jacob, formerly a young church deacon.  He too was kidnapped by “unknown persons” who demanded an exorbitant ransom from his family—1,200,000 Egyptian pounds (equivalent to $171,000 USD).  Because his family could not raise the sum, he was executed—his body dumped in a field where it was later found.  The priest who conducted his funeral service said that the youth’s body bore signs of severe torture.
  • May 2013: After 6-year-old Cyril Joseph was kidnapped and the family paid ransom, he was still killed.  In the words of the Arabic report, the boy’s “family is in tatters after paying 30,000 pounds to the abductor, who still killed the innocent child and threw his body in his sewer system, where the body, swollen and moldy, was exhumed.”
  • April 2013: Ten-year-old Sameh George, another church deacon in Minya, was likewise abducted by “unknown persons” while on his way to church to participate in Holy Pascha prayers leading up to Orthodox Easter. His parents said that it was his custom to go to church and worship in the evening, but he failed to return and they received an anonymous phone call from his kidnappers informing them that they had the Christian child in their possession and would execute him unless they received 250,000 Egyptian pounds in ransom money… Click for more

Raymond Ibrahim, a Middle East and Islam specialist, is author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). His writings have appeared in a variety of media, including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst, Middle East Quarterly, World Almanac of Islamism, and Chronicle of Higher Education; he has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, PBS, Reuters, Al-Jazeera, NPR, Blaze TV, and CBN. Ibrahim regularly speaks publicly, briefs governmental agencies, provides expert testimony for Islam-related lawsuits, and testifies before Congress. He is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum, and a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution, 2013. Ibrahim’s dual-background -- born and raised in the U.S. by Coptic Egyptian parents born and raised in the Middle East -- has provided him with unique advantages, from equal fluency in English and Arabic, to an equal understanding of the Western and Middle Eastern mindsets, positioning him to explain the latter to the former.

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Truly Evil. An abomination before man and God. Such demons as these who would abduct, torture and kill young children deserve what they sow a hundred fold. I pray that God will erase the memory of such evil from the minds of their victims and give them eternal life. As for these demons the lowest bowels of Hell await them.
We are in a religious war of extermination, whether we want it or not. Today it is running rampant in Africa and the Middle East. In the America's, Europe and Asia, immigration is spreading people who are infected with and will hide and nurture this evil. As soon as they are strong enough, the abductions, tortures, and killings will occur in these places, our places, our neighborhoods as well. Frankly, our Western Society and our belief in tolerance is viewed as a sign of our degeneracy in the eyes of these demons. It's well past time to put a stop to this madness before more innocents are tortured and killed. If Saudi Arabia can and does forbid all Judeo-Christian Bibles, books, symbols, and worship in their Country, to prevent its spread in their country, we should do the same with Islam in ours. Let the hate and intolerance of this religion be quarantined and isolated to the hell holes from where it first grew. Any religion that demands intolerance does not deserve to be protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
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I agree with Burkean.

But America, and the West in general, ain't gonna do nuttin.

The (now a majority) of westerners who decided they didn't want Christ in their lives are going to find out what will replace him.

Nature abhors a vacuum folks. Driving out goodness doesn't leave some kind of guiltless Garden of Eden.

"Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
...
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?"

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Truly Evil. An abomination before man and God. Such demons as these who would abduct, torture and kill young children deserve what they sow a hundred fold. I pray that God will erase the memory of such evil from the minds of their victims and give them eternal life. As for these demons the lowest bowels of Hell await them.
We are in a religious war of extermination, whether we want it or not. Today it is running rampant in Africa and the Middle East. In the America's, Europe and Asia, immigration is spreading people who are infected with and will hide and nurture this evil. As soon as they are strong enough, the abductions, tortures, and killings will occur in these places, our places, our neighborhoods as well. Frankly, our Western Society and our belief in tolerance is viewed as a sign of our degeneracy in the eyes of these demons. It's well past time to put a stop to this madness before more innocents are tortured and killed. If Saudi Arabia can and does forbid all Judeo-Christian Bibles, books, symbols, and worship in their Country, to prevent its spread in their country, we should do the same with Islam in ours. Let the hate and intolerance of this religion be quarantined and isolated to the hell holes from where it first grew. Any religion that demands intolerance does not deserve to be protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
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