Two weeks ago, in Sydney Australia, there was a large rally of Arab Christian refugees (crowd estimates range from 1,000 to 4,000) that was a sort of reverse image of the current uprisings in the Arab world. In Egypt, socialist activists are revolting to overthrow the admittedly repressive regime of Hosni Mubarak, but there is evidence that the Muslim Brotherhood has had a role in organizing the uprising; at the least, the MB is almost certain to take advantage of the ensuing chaos to move in and assume power. The MB, once in control, would impose the shari’a that a majority of Egyptians say they want (without thoroughly understanding the ramifications), and there would quite possibly be a “religious cleansing” of Egypt’s remaining Coptic Christians, currently about 10 percent of the population.
The Muslim Brotherhood has been persecuting Egypt’s Coptic Christians, one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, for many years. Recent years have seen church burnings and massacres. Not surprisingly, those Christians who can get out of Egypt often do. Thousands of them have wound up in Australia. But, as it turns out, even there they are not safe.
In the following, note the ties between radical Muslims in Australia and Australia’s Labor Party. That is an especially relevant connection given what we have learned of international labor unions’ involvement in the current tumult in Egypt.
From the Sydney Morning Herald:
Most at the rally were Coptic Orthodox Christians, the Egyptian branch of Christianity. They increasingly find common purpose with the expatriate communities of Assyrian Christians from Iraq and Maronite Christians from Lebanon. All three groups, who collectively number about 200,000, are heavily represented in western Sydney. All three are feeling the pressure of the religious cleansing of Christians in the Middle East.
These communities are tilting away from [Australia’s Labor Party], perceiving it as the party of appeasement of Muslim belligerence, and the party that has turned Australia’s refugee program into a Muslim immigration program, while Christian communities are bludgeoned in Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon. These countries have seen a Christian exodus. The American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 proved to be a disaster for the estimated 2 million Assyrian Christians. Roughly half have fled the country.
The trigger for the rally at Martin Place was a cascade of events that began late last year when a list was circulated via an extremist Islamic website pledging attacks against 64 specific Coptic Orthodox churches [worldwide]. Four of the churches are in Sydney, where the majority of Australia’s 80,000 Copts live.
At the top of the hit list was the Saints Church in Alexandria, Egypt. On New Year’s Eve, as Christians left a midnight prayer service at the Saints Church, a car bomb exploded. Twenty-three Copts died and at least 95 others were wounded in the attack. Hours before, Muslim fundamentalists had gathered outside a major mosque in Alexandria chanting threats against the Coptic church. After the attack, men ran around the city shouting ”Allahu Akbar!”, the battle cry of jihad.
Violent attacks against the more than 10 million Coptic Christians in Egypt have continued for almost 40 years. The violence coincided with the rise of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, the prototype of modern Islamic fascism….
Australia’s most contentious mainstream Muslim cleric, Sheikh Taj el-Din al Hilaly, the former grand mufti of Australia, is an import from Egypt. He was installed as a permanent resident by the Keating Labor government, over the objections of the security service. His Labor connections are well known and self-advertised.
The Labor Party, locked into a political alliance with Muslim leaders in western Sydney, has said little of consequence about the problem of religious cleansing of Christians by Muslims….
The Australian embassy in Cairo has long been a point of contention. It is difficult for Egyptian Copts to immigrate to Australia or seek refugee status. The blocking agents include the Egyptian government, which discriminates against Christians as official policy, and the local embassy, which acts as a de facto extension of state discrimination against non-Muslims….
Throughout Western Europe and Australia, the left has consistently made common cause with political Islam, an embrace of reactionary intolerance made without a shred of irony….
Meanwhile, outside the world of the public sector unions, while religious intolerance remains endemic across the Muslim world and Australia’s refugee and asylum-seeker process remains a debacle, support for Labor is showing signs of disintegrating among Australians who take discrimination against Christians seriously.
[all boldface mine]
Substitute “America” for “Australia,” and “Democrat” for “Labor,” and you get a foreboding assessment of where America is headed, unless we elect leadership that will boldly, loudly, unceasingly call out radical Islam.
Hat tip: Voice of the Martyrs’ Persecution Blog