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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 thoughts on “Obama Calls for Restraint by Egypt’s Christians”

  1. When are non muslim people going to get their head out of the sand and realize you are Infidels to Muslims non believers and according to the Koran,Haditha and Shura you are not going to live or have a good life in more radicalized Muslim Country,and think about it most are radicalized or have been they have gotten rid of all Jews,and most Christians as well as other minorities as well as their own minorities Islam which means subbmision is a very violent form of belief and prayed to 5 times a day it is like a cult controls all aspect of your life,Politically,socially,economociallyand of course Religiously as well as militarily.It is on a mission to destroy us and all freedom loving countrys from within .

  2. They the Muslims have been killing Jews and Christians for 1500 years got rid of all the Jews in Arab Countries except Turkey but as Turkey becomes more radicalized the jews will be forced to leave as well as the Christians, Islam is a belief that you submit to the way of Mohammad and Allah or you are an infidel which makes you a target to destroy or enslave to abuse their is no tolerance the middle east was full of Christians and Jews at one time most have been killed or driven out in the name of ALLAH this is not a religion of love and tolerance it is a belief in intolerance and hate never to be trusted the Koran states any way to destroy you is OK,you that do not believe are infidels

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  4. God help this man occupying the U.S. White House. He is so dense or is he purposefully supporting Islam and working to create more harm to Christians? I don’t know but I do know he is off base and creating more harm to the Christians in this world. He nevere takes up for them are condemns those who are perseucting them, killing them and the places that have inhumane rules and laws against Christians and Jews and others. The man we have is not a good man nor a good President. He is not a representative of the principles of this nation!! I am so sorry he is in the White House and can’t waint until he is defeated in 2012. And God protect us from people like him in the future.

  5. And here I thought that our president did not think the Sermon on the Mount to be very helpful in this modern age of governance. Go figure!!

  6. “Now is a time for restraint on all sides so that Egyptians can move forward together to forge a strong and united Egypt” How about moving forward together to forge a strong and united US; instead of Obozo constantly dividing us. The inept, arrogant Obama calls for ‘restraint’ in another country but says nothing about the lack of restraint and the call for violence with regard to the OWS movement in the country he was elected to lead!! He said he supports the OWS movement. How many more days until the incompetent mess is kicked out on his keester?

  7. When Moslems commit attrocities against Christians, Obama urges restraint by Christians. When Moslems commit attrocities against Jews, Obama urges restraint by Jews. When Moslems commit attrocities against Hindus, Obama urges restraint by Hindus. I know only the really crazy people believe that Obama is closet Moslem. So I guess he is just a big fan of attrocities.

  8. In the US I have met an Egyptian Coptic Christian man, proud of his country and religion. This persecution of Christians has been going on for years. Egypt is NOT a traditional Muslim country. For our Muslim suspected US President, the call for restraint is an appeal to his fellow Muslims and nothing more. His wanting to send US Troops to Uganda is another way of him to thin out our brave troops and further weakening our military. the budget axe will take care of anyone wanting to replace those troops. Obama has been doing a lot of forgery in campaign petitions and between that and Fast & Furious the Blunder in Chief will not be in a position anymore to order anyone, anywhere.

  9. this president of ours is a real piece of trash. Christians are being killed and he wants them to restrain themselves. yet if it was reverse and it was muslims as the ones being killed he along with Clinton would call for action. oh yeah thats right Clinton did take action illegally. LIBERALS are RATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. The sad thing is that there are still people who are actually STUPID enough to believe, that this community organizer from Chicago, this FRAUD was at any time in his life a CHRISTIAN.

  11. This is supremely cynical. The Copts have been persecuted for 1400 years. It’s a testament to their faith that they are still 10% of Egypt’s population. This is the same mindset that considers the Palestinians to be the aggressors in the conflict over the land that was stolen from them. Obama, again, has shown his ignorance. Basically, he’s telling these Christians to accept their martyrdom.

  12. Let me see if I get this… 25 Coptic Christians were butchered in the last few days and Obama seeks restraint from the Coptic Christians. Here’s a thought! How about a speech castigating the butchers?

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