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Obama Calls for Restraint by Egypt’s Christians

President Obama has responded to the Egyptian military’s massacre of Coptic Christian protestors in Cairo Sunday with a pointedly even-handed statement that calls equally on Christians and the military to show restraint.

“The President is deeply concerned about the violence in Egypt that has led to a tragic loss of life among demonstrators and security forces,” Obama said in a statement released this week. “Now is a time for restraint on all sides so that Egyptians can move forward together to forge a strong and united Egypt.”

Incredibly, Obama is not only equating the deaths of peaceful protestors and their killers, but he is suggesting that Egypt’s increasingly persecuted Christian minority should show as much “restraint” as their tormentors and refrain from vigorously objecting to the growing abuse.

More than two dozen people, most of them Copts, were killed as security forces attacked demonstrators protesting the burning of a church.

The Egyptian military has denied the killings, but news reports, eyewitness accounts, and videos posted to the Internet contradict the claims, with footage showing armed personnel carriers ramming through crowds of protestors and a soldier firing at them. The dead, according to forensic reports, were either crushed by being run over or were shot.

Three soldiers are also said to have died, but this appears to have occurred as protestors were fighting for their lives. There can be no mistaking that this was a slaughter of civilians.

The church burning was only the latest in an escalating series of attacks by Islamists against Christians and their churches.

Obama’s statement does say that “the United States continues to believe that the rights of minorities – including Copts – must be respected.” But the moral equivalence given to the demonstrators and military signals that the White House is not yet serious about curtailing the anti-Christian violence and preempting additional brutal action by the military.

In another sign of unseriousness, Obama notes reassuringly “Prime Minister Sharaf’s call for an investigation,”  even though Sharaf has already blamed the violence on a foreign consipiracy.

“It is difficult for us to consider what happened in Egypt in the past hours is due to sectarian strife, but what is for certain is that it is one of the pieces of this plot,” Sharaf said.

Some analysts fear that the Egyptian military may be promoting violence in order to give it an excuse to crack down and increase its power.

234 Responses to Obama Calls for Restraint by Egypt’s Christians

  1. Well, obviously his call for Mubark to step down was a disaster. He tried to take credit for the “Arab Spring” so he needs to take credit for this as well. Maybe he can go back to Cairo and read from the teleprompters again and make it all stop.

    Arab Spring = Coptic Fall?

    • During the uprising, Geraldo interviewed a group of Coptic Christians who were desperately calling for Mubarek to stay in power. They knew what was coming if he stepped down. Wonder how many of those Coptics are still alive today? Geraldo, cheerleader for the Arab spring, should arrange a follow-up interview. I know he never will. Progressives never admit their mistakes.

      • You’re so right Susan ! if obozo cared so much about anyone but himself, his little speech would’ve been so different… just think if this were his beloved muslims being killed.. but this is who he is,the world revolves around HIM and HIS wacky, thoughts, HIS $$$ and HIS campaign…and when confronted with his incompetence? lie- lie -lie..
        and if that doesn’t work? keep on lying.. remember, the press is on his side !

  2. Christians stand there and die. Occupy wall street protesters go get them. Stand up its an American Spring. This is our Hate America First President who does not represent the People of the U.S. but a few hate filled people. Violance is good as long as it is directed at the approved set of people. Long live the dictator and chief.

    • Michael Beschloss gushed that Obama was probably “the smartest president ever.” Since he grew up Muslim, Obama must know that the speech he delivered at Al-Azhar — at which he demanded the Muslim Brotherhood be present — was full of lies regarding Muhammad’s hateful ideology.

      Islam has never been a “religion of peace,” unless you call the conformity that comes from enslaving or slaughtering all who refuse the “invitation” to convert “peace.”

      • I was raised a Lutheran. My wife was a Roman Catholic. I was not religious, but she was. In order to establish a more peaceful household, I converted to Catholicism, but my heart was never invested. Deep in my cultural psyche, I was always Lutheran though not a believer, thanks to its close ties with my ancestry.

        Do you think Obama is similar?

        • No, you are an UNBELIEVER and a FAKE CHRISTIAN who actually believes in NOTHING. Obama is a MUSLIM and believes that the “Muslim call to prayer is the most beautiful sound”, that he has ever heard. Sounds like you’re both losers to me.

          • Arbiter,
            While I can appreciate your strong beliefs and faith, name calling and being abusive is no way to spread the Gospel. Wheb Jesus spoke to the woman at the well do you think he called her a loser or simply showed her her sinful ways. If youj ard a believer, then you are not following Christ’s command to love one another and to do to others as you want done to you. Please look deep in your heart before you start name calling.

        • “the arbiter” seems to have taken his screen name a little too seriously. (talk about losers!)

          helloseekers: I was raised Jewish but converted when I was 39! I becam a Lutheran, but about 4 years later converted to Catholicism. so I appreciate your story here.

          I’m assuming you mean that Obama was a nominal Muslim and converted to Christianity when he married Moochelle–er, Michelle? I am really not sure about what he believes, since we can’t ever really know what’s in a person’s heart (still listening, arbiter?)…

          …but what it comes down to is that no matter what god Obama believes in, his ACTIONS strongly suggest that his sympathies lie with the Arab/Muslim/Palestinian/Iranian side. and we can only judge him on his actions.

    • Obama; My grand father was a muslim, my father was a muslim, I lived in 3 muslim continents (how did he pay to get to Pakistan?) and I’m guided by these experiences. and can we forget Obama; thjere is no nicer sound than the call to prayer in the evening!!
      Is he a muslim??? naaahhh

  3. Lets suspend the Constitution and Congress, the Dems are in control. Kill U.S. citizens without charges being filled, Give guns to the Drug Cartells, Give Billions to our friends add Trillions to our debt. Yes we are better off now than we were. What would we do without the ONE.

      • And that my friends was his FIENDISHLY BRILLIANT plan all along. Have a vice president so CLUELESS and STUPID that they wont be ABLE to get rid of him. Liberals have long looked for a president that would preside over the DECLINE of America. Remember, how Bill Clinton was looked at strangely when he made the SEEMINGLY off the cuff remark that “We must prepare for the time when America is no longer the super power of the world”? We THOUGHT it came from left field but in the upper echelons of liberal BUGGERY where they speak of our “decline”, the road map to it was being laid.

    • Correct, well said. The thing is he knows exactly what he’s doing – all going according to his sick, perverted plan.

      There’s gonna be a reckoning in 2012

  4. There can be no peace as long as people believe these are the words of a god:

    “the Messenger of Allah . . . would say: ‘Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war. . . . When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. . . . Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them. . . . If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them . . .'” (Muslim Book 19, Number 4294).

    “fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war) . . . ” (Qur’an 9:5).

    “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, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (Qur’an 9:29).

    “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter . . . ” (Qur’an 5:33).

    Ibn Kathir says of this verse: “‘Wage war’ mentioned here means, oppose and contradict, and it includes disbelief, blocking roads and spreading fear in the fairways. Mischief in the land refers to various types of evil.” So, Muhammad requires execution, crucifixion, or cutting off hands and feet from opposite sides for “disbelief.”

    • “Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.”
      [1 Samuel 15:3]

      • seriously? here’s an idea for you: the Israelis promise not to slaughter any more Amelekites, and the Muzzies promise not to slaughter any more infidels.

        I’d take that deal.

      • Perhaps you didn’t notice that God’s command was for a one-time event. Allah’s command for slaughter of non-Muslims has no expiry date. And no, God and Allah are not the same. Allah is the moon god which was worshipped in the Medina area before and during Mohammed’s day.

  5. As a Jewess in the US, I can only restate that atrocities like THIS are but one more reason why all REAL Americans must now put our 2nd Amendment FIRST!! Remember that America wasn’t won with a registered gun!

  6. what!!! Is Obama insane? He must be to ask the Christians to show restraint. Obama is not competent enough to be a greeter at Walmart, let alone the president of the United States. His foreign policies suck his domestic policies suck and the only thing that comes our of his mouth are lies

  7. This not suprising. What do you expect from a person raised in muslim Indonesia. He was never a cultural amendment. Socrates was once asked how can I raise and influence my children? He asked how old is your child? Six years old was the rersponse. Socrates said your are six years too late. Obama has been instilled with a muslim belief and anti-west attitude. Long live Coptic Christianity.

    • I just wonder when, if ever, there will be a new crusade to oppose the very real and ongoing assault on religious freedom by islam. What will it take to motivate the free world? These little clashes are easily forgotten, and islam is ever-so-slowly stamping out freedom wherever they can get away with it. And obama is helping any way he can.

      • bingo MT ! and we are stocking our country full of mexicans & muslims setting up another bloody struggle for power… I’ll be glad to be dead & gone when that happens but woe to our offspring.. unless Christ returns first !

  8. The left has a long track record of treating life as a worthless commodity. It began with The Terror of 1793, progressed to “former people” under the Soviets and Maoists, and then to life unworthy of life under the fascists. Today, post-Marxism, or Political Correctness, has made the worthlessness of the lives of some group members into a moral imperative. Along with the MSM blackout on flash mobs, this is a case in point. If you are white, Christian, or male, you are now life unworthy of life.

    If this is love, keep spreading the “hate”.

  9. Libs call for violance against those they do not like. Obama supports them. and believes the tea party is full of terrorist(i.e. joe bite me) This is how the President represents the U.S. (To quote a Union Mob figure and friend of BO come Nov 2012 we are going to take you out)

  10. Your Title of this Article is misleading because within the text of the document you clearly state several times that he also called for restraint by the military also.

    The title is misleading because it implies that only one side was cautioned to restraint. Title should have been something like; “Obama calls for Restraint” thereby removing misleading information by leaving something out.

    • uh, that would be “…at BEST”. At worst, he’s involved in an organized assault on western civilization. Looking at his actions, it’s hard to prove otherwise.

  11. Obama on Christians: You mean people quit offering your lives to those innocent Muslims. What do you mean by complaining about the treatment handed out to you by those peaceful Muslims. If you don’t like Egypt, your status and your treatment, GET OUT! This will eventually be a Muslim world and I will do everything in my power to bring that about because I am the Grand Imam. This temporary job as President of the United States is mine becsue it affords me the chance to bring about revolution in that country. The poor, unwilling to work against those that will work for their country. Eventually the poor will win out because we have so many of them. Right now it is 49% of the population and they do not have to pay any taxes and reveive payments from what I can get form the rich and working class. Fairly soon we will have more and I will have gotten laws passed to put most workers out of a job. Just look at what I am doing to the Gibson Guitar company. They will close their doors and move out of the country simmply because I am enforce=ing my interpretation of 100+ year old laws.
    So, Christians, quit complaining or move out, or as they are trying to do with all in Iran, convert.

  12. Some analysts fear that the Egyptian military may be promoting violence in order to give it an excuse to crack down and increase its power.

    Chance of that, yes. Another fine mess…

  13. Obama is showing his preferences and likely currying favor with his Muslim terrorist brothers as he will need a home once chased out of America like the illegal alien scum he is.

  14. Rev. Wright, Mr. Obama’s pastor for 20+ years, must be overjoyed with the president’s anti-Christian & pro-Islamic positions, the new Egyptian government, and the terrible harm that Coptic Christians have recently suffered.

  15. It is just another in a long string of events that prove Americans elected a man who is philosophically out of touch with the majority of Americans. The man is forever giving moral parity where there is none, unless he is attacking those he deems to be the political opposition. Then he is a zealous ideologue against tradition American values.

    Coupled with his inexperience, divisive rhetoric and obvious lack of wisdom, the President is putting the Founders’ political system to it’s greatest test — can it restrain a government that governs against the will of it’s people so as to prevent long-term, permanent damage?

  16. Of course it is not even handed they are Christian and deserve whatever is happening to them, don’t they? I mean Islam is the religion of peace and those evil mean Copts should be happy they’re even allowed to breathe air meant for Muslim’s shouldn’t they? I mean what did you expect from this man who bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia and kissed the ring finger in submission to Islam, to the man who upon gaining the Presidency chose to give the first press interview to Al Arabiya, to the man who told the Turks (the nation that slaughtered over 2 million Armenian Christians in the early 1900’s) that the US was not a Christian nation, and last of all who’s father listed him as a Muslim on his school registry in Indonesia and who by Islamic law is a Muslim because his father was a Muslim. Again I ask what did you expect?

  17. Barack Obama is a total loser of a president and a failure to Americans and to our allies! He must be kicked from our White House next election before our country is destroyed! He is a disgrace to America and there is no truth in him.

    Down with Obama in 2012!

  18. Doesn’t surprise me. Look at what he has done to Israel. All those protests? Carefully engineered anti-Semitism wrapped into an assault against the rich, specifically rich Jews.

  19. Oh yes, we must ask that Christians please show restraint when being killed. Please lay down in front of the armored personnel carriers and be run over. Don’t make the soldiers murdering you waste a bullet.

    Obama needs impeached before a revolution against his Socialist government rises up and boots him out of office. Then he needs thrown in jail for crimes against Sanity, Intelligence, and Common Decency.

  20. I am not a religious person, and it is historically accurate to say that Christians have committed their fair share of atrocities, but Copts don’t fall into that category.

    I never doubted that the Arab Spring was a movement by Muslim religious fundamentalists to remove by violent means any moderate Arab governments. This is not Sharia necessarily, but it will become a methodical process of removing religious competition.

    The President of the United States is not President of the World, and President Obama ought to just shut up about this. Any criticism he offered regarding Christian violence is either based in his ignorance of the issue or a desire on his part to mollify Muslim feelings. The only reason I can think of for the latter is that he sympathizes with them.

  21. Liberals love their little moral equivalence games. That’s what allows them to pretend the US is more evil than barbarians cutting peoples heads off with dull machetes. That’s why everyone is mocking them these days. That’s why your little group whine has become a national punchline. No one likes being scolded by you idiots, particularly since it’s your fault that were in the mess were in now. I am not paying for another pacifier for you coddled infants. Gravy train is gone. Get a new complaint.

    • Oh please. Yes, how dare Drudge link to news stories on other sites. Proves the BS doesn’t it? Just say Drudge and you win a prize.

      How about you address the issue instead? You know – make a point or something. Instead of just squawking “Drudge” like some retarded parrot.

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          • Take a chill and stop taking everything William says as an insult. I read Keith’s blog daily and William is a patriot. We all take great pride when one of Keith’s articles is linked on Drudge.

            Everybody is angry with Obama for what he is doing to our country, but we don’t need to be attacking each other.

          • So what is the point of “drudge alert”? Liberals usually post that as a dismissal of other comments. It’s extremely common, hence my response. I’m not clairvoyant and “drudge alert” is an extremely common liberal post. So why are you telling me to “chill” for not getting it as if I were ignorant?

  22. How dare he call on the civilians to show restraint when they are being slaughtered by the military like animals? What is WRONG WITH THIS PRESIDENT?!?!?

  23. “Three soldiers are also said to have died, but this appears to have occurred as protestors were fighting for their lives.”

    NY Times mentioned an incident in which a crowd of Christians was attacking a soldier while a priest was trying to protect him. Proud of the priest’s actions; the crowd was certainly not acting in self defense when they attacked the soldier.

    No doubt whatsoever that the military is being extreme and carrying out persecution against Christians, but we need not act as though Christians are doing no wrong.

    • You are only fooling yourself, if you take everything you read in the NY Times as gospel. They, along with all progressive media, have been cheerleaders for the the Arab uprising. They will never accept responsibility for making a terrible error in judgment.

  24. Is anyone ‘really” surprised that this president asks for the victims of terrorism to “show restraint”. Does he not see the endless provocations, and injustices heaped on the Coptic Christians via the military, (who are all muslims), as well as the independent muslim factions inside Egypt? Alas, in his world view, burning churches, running down peaceful protesters and beating women is justified….if your a christian. Threaten to burn the Koran and you are a mad intolerent hater!!

  25. Maybe Christians in Egypt should identify with teh Occupy Wall Street crowd so they can protest against getting killed by Muslims. Would President Zero side with the Christians then? I doubt it.