A week after his New Years Day declaration that Islam must be reformed, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, in a historic gesture of goodwill, attended the Coptic Christmas Eve Mass in Cairo as it was being celebrated by the Egyptian Pope Tawadros II.
Further emphasizing his recent declaration that Islam must reform itself, Sisi shortened his visit to Kuwait to be able to come and congratulate the Coptic community. He went straight from the airport to Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, arrived as service had just begun, and apologized for interrupting the mass. The ceremony was live streamed on Egyptian State TV, and showed him being greeted by a jubilant congregation.
His presence was greatly appreciated, especially in light of the recent persecution of Copts at the hands of radical Muslims. As an outgrowth of the unfortunately named “Arab Spring”, Churches and Christian sites have come under attack since the revolution that ousted Mubarak in 2011. Even after Morsi was deposed in July 2013, a wave of violence spread across Egypt, in particular when the dispersal of two pro-Morsi protest camps was followed by the torching of dozens of churches and attacks on Christian property.
El-Sisi led the massive popular mobilization against the ruling Muslim Brotherhood on 30 June 2013. After winning a landslide victory in the subsequent presidential elections, he positioned himself as the uniter of the Egyptian people across religious divides. With his recent statement in favor of a renewed vision of Islam, made on 1 January 2015 before an important Al-Azhar gathering of Islamic clerics and ulema and in the presence of the Minister of Awqaf (Religious Endowments), Sisi has taken the lead on one of the most divisive and sensitive issues facing the world today.
In direct opposition to the radicalism now terrorizing nations across the globe, Sisi told the assembled congregation: “Egypt has brought humanism and civilization to the world for millennia and we are all here today to confirm that we are capable of doing so again… Allah willing, we shall build our nation together, accommodate each other, make room for each other, and we shall like each other…love each other…in earnest, so that people may see….” He asserted that Egyptians were one people and had to think of themselves not as Christians or Muslims, but “as Egyptians, just Egyptians.”
His address was often interrupted by frantic applause, clapping, and cheers of “We love you!” and “hand in hand.”
It cannot be overstated how positive and welcome this development is in the war against Islamic terror.
For some reason – God knows why – the Obama Regime is doing what it can to undermine it.
The State Department hosted a delegation of Muslim Brotherhood-aligned leaders this week for a meeting about their ongoing efforts to oppose the current government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt, who rose to power following the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi, an ally of the Brotherhood, in 2013.
One member of the delegation, a Brotherhood-aligned judge in Egypt, posed for a picture while at Foggy Bottom in which he held up the Islamic group’s notorious four-finger Rabia symbol, according to his Facebook page.
That delegation member, Waleed Sharaby, is a secretary-general of the Egyptian Revolutionary Council and a spokesman for Judges for Egypt, a group reported to have close ties to the Brotherhood.
Sharaby, the Brotherhood-aligned judge, flashed the Islamist group’s popular symbol in his picture at the State Department and wrote in a caption: “Now in the U.S. State Department. Your steadfastness impresses everyone,” according to an independent translation of the Arabic.
One member of the ‘anti-coup’ delegation said the talks at the State Dept. were “fruitful.”
A State Dept flack told the WFB, “We meet with representatives from across the political spectrum in Egypt.”
Um. Why? In Egypt they’re throwing Muslim Brotherhood terrorists in jail. Why would the Regime be meeting with Muslim Brotherhood- aligned anything?
Samuel Tadros, an Egypt expert and research fellow at the Hudson Institute who is familiar with the delegation, said that the visit is meant to rally support for the Muslim Brotherhood’s ongoing efforts against to oppose Sisi.
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