Raymond Ibrahim writes:
Hours after leaflets from Egypt’s jihadi organizations were distributed promising to “reward” any Muslim who kills any Christian Copt in Egypt, specifically naming several regions including Asyut, a report recently appeared concerning the random killing of a Christian store-owner.
According to reporter Menna Magdi, writing in a report published August 14 and titled “The serial killing of Copts has begun in Asyut,” unidentified men stormed a shoe-store, murdering the Christian owner, Refaat Eskander early in the morning. The son of the slain Copt said the murderers took advantage of the fact that his father was alone in the store at the time, adding that his father had no known quarrels with anyone. Only one witness saw one of the assassins as they fled the scene, who was dressed in Salafi attire.
Also, Coptic Solidarity reports that the “Christian Copts in Upper Egypt are under attack, hours after a call for their eradication appeared in the form of leaflets calling on Muslims to kill Copts, specifically naming regions of Upper Egypt.” The report tells of how Christians are being beat, their businesses set on fire, and their properties plundered, even as their attackers declare that “any Christian who dares to leave his house will be killed.” As usual, police appear only after all the damage has been done and the terrorists have fled with their booty.
Yesterday, when I noted that the Muslim Brotherhood was crucifying people and Pakistan had arrested a Down’s Syndrome girl of 11 for “blaspheming Mohammed” I was promptly chastised by somebody called the Friendly Atheist in comboxes for… wait for it… ginning up hostility to Islam. Manning’s corrllary rulz! Doubtless those damn Copts are asking for it.
In case you are curious, right now is the Great Age of Christian Martyrdom (actually extending back to the 20th century). 150,000 Christians are murdered each year specifically for their Christianity. It’s a bit of a comedown from the big spikes under peaceful rational atheistic communism, but its still a respectable number of Christians slaughtered for their faith every year. Think of it this way: readers like Friendly Atheist look at the spectacle of annually dropping one hydrogen bomb on Tallahassee, FL, then Huntsville, AL, then Savannah, GA, then Winston-Salem, NC, then Brownsville, TX, then Hampton, VA with cheerful equanimity. But if you say something about it, you are the problem. This is one of many reasons why people with normal social an affective skills are not attracted to typical representatives of evangelical internet atheism.