When the Moslems invaded divided, weary and Byzantine oppressed Egypt in 640 AD, they set about to systematically wipe out the native Jewish-Christian culture. The Arabs were lucky to invade a dispirited and richer territory, perpetually engaged in either war with Byzantium over religion, or until the era of Heraclius when Byzantium reconquered Egypt, suffering under Persian occupation. For many in 640 AD the Moslem advance was greeted as a form of liberation. Byzantine high taxes, religious persecution and overt corruption would be effaced. Muhammadanism, which seemed to many Orthodox and Catholic Christians as a form of Monotheistic Arianism, appeared to offer a better chance of both political and religious freedom. These ideas could not have been more wrong.
The conquest of Egypt by the Moslems was part of the bloodiest imperial campaign in history – that of the spread of Islam. Over 3200 Christian churches were annihilated in Syria, Israel and North Africa by the Moslems in their 10 year imperial campaign. Millions were enslaved or forcibly converted. Hundreds of thousands simply killed. The Jews and Christians became Dhimmis or second class slaves, whose only purpose in life was to pay taxes, serve their Moslem masters and not annoy the cult of Muhammad. This is termed a multi-cultural nirvana by today's academics and politicians.
"In the conquest of Egypt AD 640 and 641, the towns of Behnesa, Fayum, Nikiu and Aboit were all put to the sword. When the Muslims invaded Cyprus, they looted and pillaged homes and churches and massacred much of the population. In North Africa, when Tripoli was captured in AD 643, all the Jews and Christians were forced to hand their women and children over as slaves. When Carthage was captured, it was burned to the ground and most of its inhabitants slaughtered.”
But the big brains like Obama will opine that Islam is love and harmony and was spread with group hugs and warm cups of cocoa.
Today the media is now greatly perplexed that from the poorly named 'Arab spring' which has erupted in Egypt and elsewhere with anti-Christian and anti-Jewish violence, attacks, murders and assaults. These people have apparently never read about the history of Islam and its long 1400 year war with the Dhimmi peoples. Why would anyone be surprised that Egyptian Moslems are killing Coptic Christians and destroying their churches? It has been an on-going event since 640 AD. As long as the Jews and Christians are 'useful' and pay taxes or provide some benefit for the Moslems they are largely left alone. When society degenerates, there is flux, or there is social discord, poverty and uncertainty, they are attacked, pillaged and forced into exile. This is a theme which has been repeated everywhere around the Mediterranean and Near East area, wherever Islam has conquered.
Islam has no regard for the Infidel and 'other'. None. Christians in Egypt built a far superior civilisation then anything known in Bedouin-Muhammad Arabia. Urban culture, science, advanced technology and ship building, and even algebra [wrongly ascribed to Moslems, but invented in Alexandria in the 2nd century AD]; emanated from Greek Christian Egypt. The Moslems came looted, squatted and taxed. They also destroyed. Egypt was once the granary of the Roman empire. North Africa was once the richest area in the Mediterranean world. After the Moslem conquests the flora was destroyed, the complex systems of irrigation dismantled and all aspects of Jewish-Christian and Romano-Berber society negated or usurped. The Egyptians today are just trying to finish the job begun in 640 AD.
Raymond de Souza, a Catholic priest and writer on the current carnage in Egypt:
“The massacre in Cairo fills the Christians of that land with deep foreboding. Christians have been in Egypt since the first Christian centuries. Let that be repeated: Christians have been in Egypt since before Islam even existed. The agitations of the violent jihadists to the effect that Christians are an alien element are historically false. Egypt’s Christian minority is fully Egyptian. If they are not secure in Egypt, then Egypt itself is not secure. What is threatened today in Egypt is its very history and culture.
Mr. de Souza misses the whole point of Islam. Moslem theology demands the destruction of the Infidel. Suras 9 and 5 – the last revelations to the greatest human ever one named Muhammad – makes that clear. Maybe Mr. Obama can trot back to Cairo with his teleprompter, stand beside yet another destroyed Coptic church full of dead and wounded and start reciting from his Koran. He can begin with these Suras in his benediction and apologia for Islam:
9:14: Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of a believing people,
9:29: Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allah, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
9:39: If you march not forth, He will punish you with a painful torment and will replace you by another people, and you cannot harm Him at all, and Allah is Able to do all things.
9:44:Those who believe in Allah and the Last Day would not ask your leave to be exempted from fighting with their properties and their lives, and Allah is the All-Knower of Al-Muttaqun (the pious - see V.2:2).
9:63: Know they not that whoever opposes and shows hostility to Allah (UO ae Ia) and His Messenger (SAW), certainly for him will be the Fire of Hell to abide therein. That is extreme disgrace.
9:101: And among the bedouins round about you, some are hypocrites, and so are some among the people of Al-Madinah, they exaggerate and persist in hypocrisy, you (O Muhammad SAW) know them not, We know them. We shall punish them twice, and thereafter they shall be brought back to a great (horrible) torment.
35 % of the Koran is openly anti-semitic and racist. Over 10 % calls for Infidels to burn in hell-fire. About 12% advocates Jihad against the Unbelievers. Most of the rest demands submission to Muhammad who is of course the same as Allah.
Given this reality why is anyone surprised that Egyptian Moslems are murdering and maiming thousands of Egyptian Christians and exiling hundreds of thousands more? Plus ca change with the cult of Muhammad.