I've been looking for a link between the rise of gang rapes happening in the west and if it is common in Muslim countries. Koinonia House e-news had a link to an article the Assyrian International News Agency posted recently.
My outrage was ignited. Unfortunately, or not surprisingly, the kidnapping and forced marriages of Christian (mainly Coptic) young girls to Muslim men in Egypt has government involvement. Worse still, this criminal activity been ongoing for the past forty years. Without condemnation or conviction of the perpetrators.
May those men who come to our country and commit such atrocities against Australian girls and women receive harsh sentences from our courts!! They cannot hide behind statements like “This is what our culture/religion allows.”
Some of you have debated Christianity or received literature about what we believe. At some point, you might have been offended by “Bible bashers” or someone insisting you attend church with them. But I sincerely hope no one has tried to FORCE you to convert.
Muslims, as you will read below, have taken “conversion” to a whole new level...one that would make many parents of girls living in Islamic countries want to do what Geoff Dickson suggested in his article posted on AIM 14/12... LOCKING UP their daughters for their safety and protection!!
I, for one, would hate to face this daily nightmare and I believe that other countries besides Egypt are party to it as well.
Cairo, November 2009. AINA report.
The phenomenon of abduction, rape and forced Islamization of Christian girls in Egypt was shown for the first time on the Christian TV channel 'Life TV' in mid-November which broadcasts from outside Egypt and has nearly 60 million Arab-speaking viewers in Egypt and around the world.
Mr Magdi Khalil, an authority on Coptic affairs has been conducting studies on forced Islamization of Christian minors in Egypt. He said the criminal activity is nearly 40 years old and is carried out by organized Islamization gangs “Islamization Mafia” as he calls them. These gangs are fully funded by the state and supported by State Security. Khalil accused the Egyptian State, with its executive, legislative and judicial authorities of being accomplice.
The testimonies of three victims and their families on the show came as a shock to many, including Egyptian Christians, since this issue is taboo for the Egyptian media.
'Our role is to expose those behind those crimes,' Rasheed El Maghreby, the program's moderator explained.
'Those highly organized gangs carry out systematic planning,' says Khalil. 'Besides violent forced abductions, other devious means include allurement, deception, psychological pressure, financial temptation, emotional relationship ending in rape and photographs taken to blackmail the victims into conversion, and spreading fear in the hearts of their families. They turn the minor into a broken, humble, and submissive person who drifts along a road which would have been impossible for her to take under normal circumstances or in an atmosphere of family or legal protection, and of her own free will.'
The latest fraud mentioned on the TV program is that Muslims gangs, dressing as Coptic priests, offer a car lift to Christian girls.
'The Coptic Church has warned its congregations against letting any unknown person
dressed as a priest into their homes or accepting a lift.' reported Khalil.
On 10th November 2009, the international organization Christian Solidarity International issued a report quoting 25 cases of forced Islamization of minors.”
Twenty-five cases...doesn't give a time frame or a country. I believe the number is higher but why bother reporting it when justice is obviously NOT going to happen?
'His Highness, Pope Shenouda protested far back as 17/12/76, during a conference held in Alexandria, saying: ' There is a practice to convert Coptic girls to embrace Islam and marry them under terror to Muslim husbands.' He also warned during a lecture on 17/3/04 that he received thousands of letters of abductions of Christian girls through a certain Islamic store chain which lure them away by them being told they'd won a prize and had to go to an upper floor to collect it. Christian activists who work in cases of abductions and forced Islamization have a good idea about who the organizations, State Security officers and businessmen supporting the Islamization gangs are.'
According to Ms Rasha Nour, chief of Egypt4Christ, which specializes in abductions of minors, funding for Islamization comes from a financial network that includes banks such as Bank of Islamic Solidarity, Faisal Islamic Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank and Islamic Relief Organisation, as well as numerous companies created through money- laundering operations which are supervised by the Muslim Brotherhood.”
If this information is true it changes the perception that Islam just uses funds to support terrorists groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. Sure, they wage war against infidels but how often have we heard it said Muslims don't wage war against women and children?
Khalil informed those watching the program:
“Despite laws in Egypt setting the minimum age of conversion to Islam at 21, as well as legally forbidding marriages of a girl younger than 18 without the consent of parents, we still find fatwas (religious edicts) being issued to justify those criminal acts.”
“ The Chairman of the Al-Azhar Fatwa Committee, Sheikh Abdulah Mogawer justified the marriage of two underage Christian girls ( 15 and 17 when they were abducted) saying they accept the Islamization at the age of 16. Mogawer defends this, saying “ According to Sharia, the main criteria for marriage is for the girl to reach puberty. Some girls might reach puberty at 14 or 15 years old, depending on her physical growth.” (source)
FINE!!! If Muslims want to marry Muslim girls, go ahead, I won't stop you. Even though the photos in Geoff's article on the mass marriages in Gaza haunt me and deserve international outcry; I find it appalling if the United Nations or some other organisation of clout can “sweep under the carpet” this widespread abuse of human rights of girls. It makes me think that the recent White Ribbon day, to proclaim abuse of women unacceptable. What a FARCE!!
Of the three girls interviewed, all share one thing in common. They were abducted.
Ingy, walking to school; Amal after receiving a fake phone call at work saying her father was ill and needed her to get to the hospital. A colleague offered to take her but the car outside was full of sheikhs. Amal struggled against them but they drugged her.
The unnamed third girl was walking to the local grocery store.
Ingy and her father reported the crime to the State Security but she was beaten by the officer to change her testimony to say she had just run away from her family of her own free will.
Amal's father had to pay a ransom to have his daughter returned and the third girl is still with her muslim “husband”.
May we be their voice and demand JUSTICE.
May the TRUE agenda of Islam be exposed.
May each of us be willing to fight to retain our Christian heritage and freedoms.