Voice of the Copts Website
The U.S constitution has been in existence for more than two hundred years and is based upon the conviction that a civilized nation is built on freedom and human rights. The first amendment of the United State's Constitution states,
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Accordingly, Americans enjoy the freedom to live by any faith and speak freely about their beliefs. Anyone on American soil for even a few hours knows the value of our first amendment rights. History shows that European immigrants longing for a better life came to America to find prosperity in a democratic land as do the Mexicans coming across our borders today. They kept their identity and celebrated their heritage yet swore allegiance to America as they strove to assimilate the culture and values -- enjoying freedom, believing in it, and going to war to preserve it. Today's second and third generation Americans, hearing the personal stories of parents and grandparents who left their homeland to start a new life in America, take for granted that all those now coming to our country from foreign lands are motivated by the same dream. It would be safe to say the majority of Americans assume this about our new Arab-Muslim neighbors. However, this assumption deserves a closer look.
From the aftermath of WWII until now, America's appetite for oil and high demand for new consumer markets made a perfect partner to the oil-rich, goods-deprived countries of the Middle East, and money began to flow into corporate entities and bankroll Islamic royal families. With unprecedented purchase power, wealth in the hands of Islamic loyalists is now more than ever being used to make inroads into American culture. This money can be seen in the purchase of real estate, the construction of mosques which include Madrasah(Islamic school), endowments of America's universities, and the financing of candidates running for office.
No time in the history of America has power, influence and money been a key component of immigration of a particular group as we see it today. Likewise, no other time in American history have we witnessed the building of an infrastructure on American soil by foreigners with an agenda to further their own separate, incompatible ideology and legal system. Loyalty to Islam has no borders and takes precedent over allegiance to the flag of any nation, including America. Muslim-Americans serving in the U.S. military or working for our government naturally experience this conflict.
In order to identify the pattern of Islamic immigration and its consequences it is necessary that we look into the histories of other countries where we see Islamic religious doctrine playing out in societal changes to suit Islamic doctrine within the occupied country. Arab-Muslims seek to dominate by aiming to erase the identity and culture of the conquered population and replacing it with a desert culture dating back 1,400 years. The history of Egypt, before and after the Arab occupation, is an excellent model of the Arab path and methods.
Arab-Muslims never integrate into a new society to become a part of it because their allegiance is first to Islam.Recently a member of the Egyptian Parliament who was also a member of the Muslim Brotherhood stated he would not have a problem if a Pakistani-Muslim ruled his country, but he would never allow an Egyptian Copt to have the same right. Copts livingin Egypt are the descendents of the ancient Egyptians and would logically have this right; however, his conviction was based on what all Muslimsare taught, to put Islam first before duty to country. Islamic doctrine states that no kafier (Jew or Christian) can lead or command a Muslim believer.
In Egypt, when Islam grew to become the majority religion, freedom of religion, as we know it in the Western world, took on a completely different meaning. The Omranyah conditions, mandates and restrictions placed upon Egyptian Coptic Christians by the invading Arab-Muslims, were issued at the time of the Arab takeover of Egypt. As it illustrates the supremacy of Islam and the suppression of a minority faith at that time it continues to form the basis for the oppression of the Christian population by the current Mubarak regime as follows:
Christians are not permitted to build a Monastery, Church, or monk's cell, and not allowed to renovate what is damaged.
· Christians may not forbid any Muslims to stay overnight in their church for three nights, serving them food.
· It is imperative that Christians respect Muslims and not forbid any of their relatives to convert to Islam.
· It is imperative that Christians accommodate Muslims, leaving them their seats when Muslims need to sit.
· It is imperative that Christians not dress similar to the dress of Muslims.
· Christians are not permitted to ride horses, carry swords or sell liquor.
· Christians have to cut their hair in front and buckle their belts around their waist.
· It is imperative that Christians conceal their crosses and book.
· Christian dead may not be buried next to a Muslim cemetery. Christians cannot cry over their dead.
· It is imperative that Christians keep low voices in their churches, the same for their musical instruments.
· Muslims can do whatever they like to any Christian because they are slaves and without free will.
Our dilemma lies in the fact that the American people, as well as others in the West, are simply unable to grasp the Arab-Muslim mentality because to understand it we must be outside our Western mind-set. By reaching beyond our borders and focusing on both the accounts of the oppressed non-Muslims within Arab countries and parallel examples around the world, we may begin to understand the goals, motives and thinking of this particular culture.
Muslims come to the U.S. to join their colleagues and families, open mosques and worship freely. In addition, their accompanying religious legal system (Shariah) rules every aspect of a Muslim lifestyle and forms the mind-set and practice of Muslim culture. This is strikingly different from the Christian way of thinking. In Matthew 22:21, Jesus confirms the concept of separation of church and state by saying, "Give to Cesar what is Cesar's, and to God what is God's." There is no similar concept in Islam because Mohammad was both the political and religious leader.
Arab-Muslims living in America experience true freedom of religion because they are allowed to worship freely as a minority religion. In most cases, the countries they have left behind do not have this practice, but have religious-run governments with no tolerance for other faiths. Arab-Muslims do not immigrate to America to find religious freedom because they are able to practice without hindrance in their homelands.
It does seem likely that practitioners of Islam here in America are not subscribers to the Bill of Rights for the long term, but instead choose the precepts of Islam and the verses which dictate their actions. As sweet words are spoken, the sword is drawn and ready, as in this quote translated into English from one of the basic Islamic reference books: Sahih al-Bukhari 6924-Allah's Messenger said, "I have been ordered to kill the people till they say, 'there is no other god but but Allah'('La ilaha illallah'), and whoever said La ilaha illahllah, Allah will save his property and his life from me."
The United States is indeed at a crossroads, and it is time to put aside our political differences in order to defend our liberties. Our freedom is a way of life and a treasure which we are obligated to protect, and we must acknowledge that we are accepting those into our country who now constitute a serious threat to our values. Islamic immigration with the implementation of Shariah law is not assimilation into the U.S. of America but rather a distinctly different intention. We must not be silent on this issue but find the courage to speak out to defend our precious freedom here on American soil.
Voice of the Copts Website is an independent electronic news site which belongs to the Organization known under the same name.
Our goal is to report news of discrimination and oppression of religious minorities in every corner of our planet. A special attention will be given to those taking place in countries ruled by the Arabs, as well as providing an in-depth explanation of their mentality, behaviour and their way of living.
Since we are Copts, events of interest to the Copts concerning issues in their homeland, Egypt, will be covered, Our website would be an open window on the Coptic culture, as well as a comprehensive source of information on the Copts' suffering in their own land.
Voice of the Copts
A non profit human rights organization working to free the pressed and persecuted Coptic Christians of Egypt.
Voice of the Copts is a 501 (c) (3).
Position Statement / VOTC Local Chapter Membership
Copts of Egypt have been suffering for more than 1,430 years of oppression, discrimination and persecution from the time of Arab invaders until now.
The Arabs' ultimate goal and express purpose is to conquer the whole world and convert its population to their faith (Islam).
While we at Voice of the Copts respect each and every faith, we do not accept aggression and violence under any circumstance. Copts (Christians) of Egypt, representing more than 20% of Egypt's population (80 million), encounter persecution under the current Egyptian regime lead by Hosni Mubarak, a dictator who is following in the footsteps of his predecessors.
According to the 2009 U.S. Report on Religious Freedom, the Egyptian government has been placed on the Watch List for tolerating Islamist violence of Coptic citizens. The participation of the Egyptian regime in this violence is evidenced by its law enforcement's support of Arab attacks on Copts and their homes, businesses, churches and monasteries. They have allowed the kidnapping and raping of Coptic girls and women as a means of forcing them to embrace Islam.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom 2009 states,
"The government has not taken sufficient steps to halt the repression of and discrimination against religious believers." In all cases the regime punished the attacked instead of the attackers.
The Commission goes on to state, "Christians face official and societal discrimination.... and the Egyptian government generally does not recognize conversions of Muslims to other religions."
Our mission is to speak for the oppressed Copts and all others who are persecuted for their faith. While the Coptic Christians suffer in Egypt in the same way that Christians and non-Muslims do in all countries with a Muslim or Arab majority, Westerners ignore this fact and how it may relate.
Voice of the Copts therefore is compelled to make the argument that Islam is the common thread linking the daily news stories we present from around the world (www.voiceofthecopts.org in Italian www.lavocedeicopti.org) and that a pattern and intention is apparent in their actions to target and submit the non-Muslim population to Shariah in the nations where their presence is a stronghold. In this way, we wish to bring the West a concise picture of what the future holds if the free world continues to be complacent about this matter.
Our goal will always be to create awareness and spread the truth about those who neglect to uphold the freedoms of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as exhibited currently in the forces against Christianity in Egypt today. In doing so, our particular emphasis is on the concept of political correctness as a device which is relied upon by those who hate the rights and freedoms of the West and will therefore cause the eroding of our freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
In the beginning, Voice of the Copts solely targeted the media and political leaders around the world. Now with the local chapter initiative, VOTC reaches out to the grassroots in an effort to build a worldwide coalition to speak out for freedom and fight to preserve it for the future of our children and grandchildren.
Our human rights organization does not belong to any political party nor do we operate as an extension of any organized religion. We are fighting for freedom. Our language is straightforward and does not adhere to political correctness.
In our struggle to empower our Copts in their homeland, we believe this will happen when they attain absolute full rights and equalityunder fair law with respect to the Egyptian secular constitution -- in existence before the coup of 1952 -- along with standard international conventions as per human rights conformity.
We are looking to extend our organization to be present in each state and in every town and city around the world. Our goal is to serve the following purposes:
- To promote political awareness.
- To increase assistance to those in need.
- To increase connections with local political leaders, administrative personnel, local media and citizens.
- To emphasize equality for women and defend the human rights of women.
- To promote better understanding of the Middle East dilemma in order to avoid the same in our homelands.
If you agree with our goals, please become a VOTC member. We encourage you to join us. We need you! We cannot achieve our goals without you.
Become a leader of a VOTC local chapter and help the oppressed, discriminated and persecuted of Egypt and around the world.
Sign up for a membership today and support our cause by clicking on the membership link at: http://voiceofthecopts.org/en/membership_application.html