Monday, April 18, 2011

Christian Emad Mikhail Selected as Governor of Egyptian Province, Muslims Protest and Threaten to Kill Him

The Qur'an clearly commands Muslims to fight and subjugate non-Muslims.

Qur’an 9:29—Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the Religion of Truth, from among the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

Imagine the horror when a Christian is selected to govern in a Muslim-majority country.

CAIRO (Reuters) - Muslims in southern Egypt protested for a third day on Sunday over the appointment of a Christian governor, saying his predecessor, also a Christian, had failed to solve their problems.

Thousands rallied outside the governor's office in Qena and prevented employees from entering, blocked highways leading to the town and sat on a railway line into the province demanding that the appointment of Emad Mikhail be reversed.

Egypt's interim military rulers, who took control when President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising, selected Mikhail last week as one of several new appointments to replace officials associated with his autocratic regime.

The protesters say Mikhail's predecessor, Magdy Ayoub, failed to stem sectarian violence and address poverty and unemployment, which grew during his tenure. Witnesses say some Coptic Christians joined the protest as well.

"The experience of a Coptic governor has failed. There is no objection to his Coptic identity but the previous governor left a negative impression of Christian officials," Youssef Ragab, a witness in Qena, told Reuters by telephone.

Residents say Ayoub was too weak in enforcing laws to quell rising tension between Muslims and Christians, fearing his background might imply sectarian allegiance.

"The protesters don't want any governor to favour one religious group over the other," Ragab said.

Other protesters said they objected to Qena being a province always governed by Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's 80 million people. Its Christian population lives mainly in the south.

"They are acting as though Qena province has been allocated to Christian officials. If a Christian was to be appointed to another province, there is nothing wrong with that," said Ayman Hassan Maged, a lawyer and resident.

The protest took a more aggressive turn as some radical Salafi Islamists in the crowd demanded a Muslim official, saying "we want it Islamic." Some even threatened to kill Mikhail if he came to his office. (Read more.)

9 comments:

Kangaroo said...

Well imagine a Muslim elected to presidency in the U.S.

Wouldn't you, as a closed-minded biased Christian be mad?

Jabari said...

Kangaroo- Well imagine a Muslim elected to presidency in the U.S.

Wouldn't you, as a closed-minded biased Christian be mad?

Response:

1. As Christians, We are not close-minded or biased.

2. And Yes I would be mad that a Muslim were elected, because that President may try to implement Sharia here in the U.S. However, we wouldn't hold any riots or send the guy death threats.

Marcus McElhaney said...

No. If a Muslim was elected President of the US, We would have to accept him as President as long as he upheld the laws of the Land. In this country it is not the president's job to make policy - the President executes it. Remember Civics?

Art said...

Considering the majority of voters would have chosen a Muslim president, why would there be mass objections?

The only thing that will stop a person in a democracy from receiving a displeasing leader is not voting. That is why we have democracy.

Suffice to say that if a leader I disagreed with was elected to power, I would be unhappy, but at the same time respecting of the decision of the people. If it is too unbearable to live under an undesirable leader, even though said leader was elected, then, it is time to move.

Fernando said...

Mr. kangaroo... still insulting non-muslims arounde here? Whie are you doing so?

Sophie said...

Kangaroo,

Please allow me to answer your question.

We have several Muslims in positions of power in the UK, most notably Baroness Warsi, and no one goes out rioting about it, we accept that this is what happens in a constitutional monarchy. In fact British people expect to see people from minorities advancing in society and being represented and when they don't, we start to ask why everyone we see in parliament, or Cambridge, or Oxford, or on the rich list, is white/ male/ heterosexual/ of Christian heritage. Just a couple of weeks ago, the PM David Cameron publicly questioned why there were so few black people at Oxford university, and a lot of debate followed in the media.

I couldn't care less what faith my elected representatives are provided their policies are good. What bothers me is when politicians fail to fulfil their election promises, which Christian/secular British politicians have done in abundance lately, or work to their own undiclosed agenda that wasn't in the interests of the British people, as the previous Labour government did in regard to mass immigration.

There are some British Muslims I really admire, e.g Maajid Nawaz of Quilliam, and Dr Mohammed Ali Jawad, (a pioneering plastic surgeon who helps burns victims in the UK and Pakistan) but neither of these guys are elected representatives. The elected Muslim representatives that I see are people who would never win my vote. Many of them are members of the Respect Party, a party which is very anti-Israel and left-wing, e.g Salma Yaqoob, and I have to question the integrity of others who seem thoroughly unpleasant, e.g Yvonne Ridley who has said and done many revolting things including calling the guy who orchestrated the Beslan school massacre a "shahid", and Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman, whose election campaign was dirty and who allows extremists to dominate his borough.

Sophie said...

You make say that the people who read this site are closed-minded and biased. Well, all of our criticisms of Islam have ample grounds in Islam's canonical books and are reinforced by the interpretation of those verses and the behaviour of self-proclaimed Muslims throughout the world every day in instances such as the one reported here.

You think that many of the people who do the bad things chronicled here are un-Islamic, yet you said on another thread that you were inspired by the acts of those who impose Islamic beliefs on others, and you have just tried to justify the behaviour of this Christian-hating, rioting Egyptian mob. So you're a hypocrite.

You have tried to justify the actions of this Egyptian mob, but if Christians didn't want a Muslim leader, you think we were 'closed-minded' and 'biased'. So you're a hypocrite.

Kangaroo said...

I'm thinking you're talking about the "liberal" or "sufi" or "hypocrite" Muslims that barely practice their religion. Oh ok.

Sohpie quit being mean to me. lol

goethechosemercy said...

The religion of peace, tolerance and democracy threatens again.
Just another day in the Ummah.