Islamists take over a southern city in Egypt, Christians “live in HORROR and cannot lead normal lives”



With over 20,000 Christians, the town of Dalga and it’s 120,000 population has been under Islamist rule since July 3 when Morsi was removed. The Islamists have successfully repelled police and military forces trying to take back the city and the Christian community is suffering terribly. It is said to be disastrous for Christians who live in Dalga, that they live in horror and cannot lead normal lives:

CNS NEWS/AP – The Coptic Orthodox priest would only talk to his visitor after hiding from the watchful eyes of the bearded Muslim outside, who sported a pistol bulging from under his robe.

So Father Yoannis moved behind a wall in the charred skeleton of an ancient monastery to describe how it was torched by Islamists and then looted when they took over this southern Egyptian town following the ouster of the country’s president.

In this Sept. 3, 2013 photo, Egyptian Christian villagers clean up the damaged ancient chapel inside the Virgin Mary and St. Abraam Monastery that was looted and burned by Islamists, in Dalga, Minya province, Egypt.  El Shorouk Newspaper, Roger Anis / AP Photo
In this Sept. 3, 2013 photo, Egyptian Christian villagers clean up the damaged ancient chapel inside the Virgin Mary and St. Abraam Monastery that was looted and burned by Islamists, in Dalga, Minya province, Egypt. (El Shorouk Newspaper, Roger Anis / AP Photo)

“The fire in the monastery burned intermittently for three days. The looting continued for a week. At the end, not a wire or an electric switch is left,” Yoannis told The Associated Press. The monastery’s 1,600-year-old underground chapel was stripped of ancient icons and the ground was dug up on the belief that a treasure was buried there.

“Even the remains of ancient and revered saints were disturbed and thrown around,” he said.

A town of some 120,000 — including 20,000 Christians — Dalga has been outside government control since hard-line supporters of the Islamist Mohammed Morsi drove out police and occupied their station on July 3, the day Egypt’s military chief removed the president in a popularly supported coup. It was part of a wave of attacks in the southern Minya province that targeted Christians, their homes and businesses.

Since then, the radicals have imposed their grip on Dalga, twice driving off attempts by the army to send in armored personnel carriers by showering them with gunfire.

Their hold points to the power of hard-line Islamists in southern Egypt even after Morsi’s removal — and their determination to defy the military-backed leadership that has replaced him.

In this Sept. 3, 2013 photo, Egyptian priest Samuel Zaki views the damaged main church inside the Virgin Mary and St. Abraam Monastery that was looted and burned by Islamists, in Dalga, Minya province, Egypt. AP Photo/El Shorouk Newspaper, Roger Anis
In this Sept. 3, 2013 photo, Egyptian priest Samuel Zaki views the damaged main church inside the Virgin Mary and St. Abraam Monastery that was looted and burned by Islamists, in Dalga, Minya province, Egypt. (AP Photo/El Shorouk Newspaper, Roger Anis)

With the army and police already fighting a burgeoning militant insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula, there are growing signs that a second insurgency could erupt in the south — particularly in Minya and Assiut provinces, both Islamist strongholds and both home to Egypt’s two largest Christian communities.

The takeover of Dalga has been disastrous for the Christian community in the town, located 270 kilometers (160 miles) south of Cairo in Minya, on the edge of the Nile Valley near the cliffs that mark the start of the desert.

In the initial burst of violence, the town’s only Catholic church was ransacked and set ablaze, like the Monastery of the Virgin Mary and St. Abraam. The Anglican church was looted.

Some 40 Christian families have fled Dalga since, Yoannis said. Nearly 40 Christian-owned homes and stores have been attacked by Islamists, according to local Minya activists. Bandits from the nearby deserts joined the looting and burning, they said. To ensure the spread of fear, the attackers torched houses in all Christian neighborhoods, not just in one or two.

Among the homes torched was that of Father Angelos, an 80-year-old Orthodox priest who lives close to the monastery. Yoannis’ home was spared a similar fate by his Muslim neighbors. A 60-year-old Christian who fired from his roof to ward off a mob was dragged down and killed, the activists said.

“Even if we had firearms, we would be reluctant to use them,” said Yoannis. “We cannot take a life. Firing in the air may be our limit.”

Those who remain pay armed Muslim neighbors to protect them. Yoannis said his brother paid with a cow and a water buffalo. Most Christian businesses have been closed for weeks.

Armed men can be seen in the streets, and nearly every day Islamists hold rallies at a stage outside the police station, demanding Morsi’s reinstatement.

Most Christians remain indoors as much as possible, particularly during the rallies. They say they are routinely insulted on the streets by Muslims, including children. Christian women stay home at all times, fearing harassment by the Islamists, according to multiple Christians who spoke to the AP. Most requested that their names not be published for fear of reprisals.

“The Copts in Dalga live in utter humiliation,” said local rights activist Ezzat Ibrahim. “They live in horror and cannot lead normal lives.”

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Jimbo
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I’m sure barry will take care of this just like the economy and everything else.

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AmericanborninCanada tinlizzieowner lawngreen 
That’s a mutual feeling my dear. You did more for the museum with one disc, than many who actually work there, have done. smile
By the way, Lee Ann and I will be there for the next 3 Sunday’s, if you get the opportunity to come up.

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maynardb61 AmericanborninCanada lawngreen Amen!!! He is coming. I pray people will know Him now while there’s still time.
He came first as the Spotless Lamb to be our Sacrifice
He comes again as the Lion of Judah, the Holy Righteous Word to Judge.

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tinlizzieowner AmericanborninCanada lawngreen lol. You’re a treasure TLO. One of a kind and I’m blessed by knowing you. smile

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fireme  
dumbo ( useful idiot) has not figured out that if he manages to install moslems in the highest places of power in America they will get rid of him as he is Gay and black- two things they despise. Anarchists have no code of honor…they eat their own.

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Desjardins  
She would not care if the children were Christian.

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maynardb61  
Yes, he is the only one that can save this evil world.

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tinlizzieowner
G-d did not intend for his children to be abused and pin cushions for the unrighteous. Also, people tend to forget times that Jesus expressed anger…the money changers in the temple comes to mind.
He is not asking us to be superhuman and just allow people to kill us and our families in Christ. In fact, Christians must stand up against this evil.

For starters, we must secure a fair vote and then we must not vote for any candidate or politician that has shown that they support the enemies of Christ’s precious children.

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Stand up, for your brothers and sisters, Christians!

 Also,we must pray for Christians in America and around the world as they are being scapegoated by the forces of evil.

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AmericanborninCanada lawngreen You are correct. Jesus was not a pacifist and when he returns he not be one then either.  I suspect these attacks world wide on Christians is a prophesy being fulfilled. He is coming.

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So Whats New?

fireme
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Sorry, Obama doesn’t give a dam. He can only handle one distraction at a time. Since the threat of war with Syria, no more scandal stories. He has accomplished what he set out to do. Now his brains are figuring out a way for him to pull back and look like a hero. Remember, in the end, it’s all about Obama.

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Why have we abandoned the Crusades?

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AmericanborninCanada tinlizzieowner lawngreen 
You know me personally, you know that wasn’t just an idle threat. wink wink
‘Vengance is mine sayeth the Lord’
I’m 1/4 Italian and half Irish. I’m just going to have to hope that God will give me a 75% ‘discount’ on that one. wink wink

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tinlizzieowner AmericanborninCanada lawngreen that made me lol. I needed that! smile thanks.

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AmericanborninCanadalawngreen 
. “If someone slaps me personally, sure I’ll turn the other cheek.”
I’ll turn a cheek all right but it won’t be mine. wink wink

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kong1967 Ditto on lawngreen’s Amen. Well said kong.

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lawngreen Too many people assume because of Jesus’ words about turning the other cheek gives command to be a pacifist. They couldn’t be more wrong. If someone slaps me personally, sure I’ll turn the other cheek. However if someone comes at me or those I love- it won’t be pretty. I’ll still pray for them,but won’t sit back and let them go on doing violence to others.

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colliemum Amen.

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Obama built that. 
God be with these people. Give them strength, faith and courage. Give them Your peace through persecution that You can be glorified and people will know You.
Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalms 33:20-22

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How secular and non-violent of them.</sarcasm>
Anyone with 2 brain cells that share a synaptic connection predicted this outcome. Yet, Obama and his minions embraced and aided these barbarians. 
Why is our media ignoring these violations of human rights and instead focusing on the mythical “Islamophopia”?  
The MSM dutifully reported the lie that Benghazi was the result of an amateurish video insulting Mohammed, as if somehow insults are a justification for what happened.
In Egypt, we have centuries old churches being burned and looted, Christian homes being burned and looted, and Christians being killed,  Is this not worse than insults.  Yet, the MSM moralizers are silent, if not complicit.   The MSM are revolting.  They have no right to ever be morally indignant again.

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These people are not part of the human race…Islam is the only religion that stands for MURDER!

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kong1967 Amen.

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This is one aspect of all these uprisings and wars that really angers me about Obama, McCain, Boehner, and all the others supporting this crap.  They painted the Arab Spring as a great thing.  People being liberated.   Liberated from what?  Dictators that keep the lid on radical Islam and forces it to be tolerant of other religions?  Yeah, keeping the lid on Islam is no easy task, and you can’t do it with weak policies (such as ours).  Saddam would behead people in the middle of the street.  People knew that if they acted out, their mother or father would be found dead on the porch for all to see.  It’s not pretty, but how else to control the fanatics, which are what dominate Middle Eastern Islam? Point is, there’s a reason dictators approach Islam the way they do.  Otherwise, you cannot maintain control of the state from Muslims… Read more »

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“Even if we had firearms, we would be reluctant to use them,” said Yoannis. “We cannot take a life.” Christians in this country need to think this over. Many of us HAVE guns. The Bible does not forbid defending your home from invaders. I wrote a poem many years ago which included these lines: “What good’s the ‘normal’ Christian, gentle, meek, and mild, on the streets of a dying nation where the Evil One runs wild?” If you have a gun, be prepared to use it against violent attackers. You have no right to hide your cowardice behind the name of Jesus. You have no right to grovel instead of fight if there are those who depend on you for protection. The Bible declares that he who does not take care of his family, and especially those of his own household, is worse than an unbeliever. I may be wrong… Read more »

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Desjardins Personally I doubt if she would care even a little bit.

famouswolf
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I’m having serious impulses to violence, being only half trained and all.

colliemum
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colliemum

Obama’s friends, the MB: killers, arsonists, robbers! These are the ones he wants to support with military might in Syria. He does not give a fig for the Copts, and the fate of the Syrian Christians will be the same.
Oh Lord, keep all Your children safe in the face of these dark forces. 
Remove the man who has enabled these forces to proliferate. 
In Your mercy, oh Lord, hear our prayers, we beseech you. Amen.

Desjardins
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Somebody better tell Pelosi, some children may be dying…

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