The Copts are Egyptian Christians, the remnant of the original inhabitants who lived along the Nile before the Arab invasions of the 7th century. For more than a thousand years they have survived as dhimmis under their Muslim overlords, enduring oppression and second-class status as non-Muslim subjects of a Muslim political order. It was not the best of all possible worlds, but at least it was stable.
In recent years, however, with the ascent of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the consequent radicalization of a large swath of Egyptian Islam, the situation has changed. There are many Muslim purists who want the Christian cancer to be excised from their midst. Incidents of mob violence, the destruction of churches and Christian businesses, forced conversion, rape, and other instances of Muslim oppression of Christians have increased.
This latest report concerns the murder of a Coptic Christian and his father at the hands of a Muslim mob. The circumstances are horrible, and the photo accompanying the story is particularly disturbing:
Muslim Burns a Young Copt Alive and Murders His Father Because of a Rumor
A Muslim man set fire to a Coptic young man, murdered his father and wounded his younger brother, after it was rumored that the young Copt allegedly had a relationship with the Muslim man’s sister!!
The events took place in the small village of “Dmas” Meet-Ghamr, after a rumor spread around of a relationship between the 25-year-old Copt Shihata Sabri, and the sister of a Muslim man named Yasser Ahmed Qasim.
Yasser went to Coptic Shehata, holding a gasoline canister, poured it over him and set him on fire, as bystanders looked on in horror. The young Copt threw himself into the adjacent canal to try to put out the flames from his burning body. The fire left burns all over his body, leading to his death.
Following this incident, people in the village rallied and when the 60-years-old Sabri Shehata, father of the Coptic victim arrived, he was attacked by a group of Muslims stabbing him with knives and daggers; one stab penetrated his back to come out of his abdomen below the rib cage, resulting in his death, after being transferred to hospital.
A Coptic witness said that Yasser Ahmed, who is reputed to be a thug, and others have also beaten the Coptic victim’s younger brother, 22-year old Rami Sabri Shehata, causing a deep injury to his head.
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The security forces moved into the village of Dmas, which has a population of 60,000 people, including over 1000 Copts, surrounded the victims’ house and deployed extra forces throughout the village.
The offenders were arrested together with the accused Yasser Ahmed Kassem and his friend, as well as the Copt Shehata Sabry who was held in custody in Dmas Hospital. The offenders were charged with deliberate homicide.
The body of Coptic victim Sabri Shehata was released for burial after prayers took place at the Church of Our Lady in the village of Dakados, which lies 20 kilometers from Dmas, amid a tight security siege.
A Muslim villager portrayed the incident as an honour killing stressing that it was because of Coptic Shehata Sabri teasing Yasser about a relationship he has with his sister, which prompted him and his friend to pour gasoline all over the Copt before setting him on fire. He denied that this incident will have an impact on the relations between the Muslims and Copts in the village.
The prosecution and the State Security Services are still investigating the incident amid media blackout.
The pattern of Islamic violence remains the same everywhere: whether it involves wayward daughters, independent-minded sisters, apostates, or uppity infidels, these are “honor killings”.
Anyone who inflames a Muslim male’s sense of honor incurs the same blood debt, which must be paid in full. The culture of shame in Islamic countries is so entrenched and pervasive that all else is subordinate to it.
Sisters who fail to marry their designated cousins are shameful. Infidels who laugh at Muslims are shameful. Muslims who decide to leave the faith are shameful. Daughters who date infidels are shameful. Artists who draw cartoons mocking the Prophet are shameful.
Without exception, all must die.
Hat tip: TB.