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    ISIS Bombs Two Christian Churches, Killing 40 in Egypt

    ISIS Bombs Two Christian Churches, Killing 40 in Egypt

    Posted On 09 Apr 2017
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    Two lethal explosions hit Christian churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday, leaving more than 40 worshippers dead and injuring scores of others in a dual attack for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility.
    The first of the bombs went off at St. George’s Church in Tanta, approximately 50 miles north of Cairo, in the middle of Mass. There, it was reported that at least 27 Coptic Christians had been killed by the blast. The second went off hours later at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria, killing at least 13 people, including three police officers.
    In a statement, ISIS-affiliated groups said, “A security detachment of the Islamic State carried out the attacks against the two churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria.”
    The timing of the blasts was considered significant for a number of reasons; One, clearly, it was meant as a symbolic strike the week before Easter. Two, it was likely meant to stall relations between Muslims and Christians in Egypt – relations Pope Francis was hoping to facilitate in a trip to Egypt later this month.
    After the first of the bombings, Francis said, “We pray for the victims of the attack carried out today in Cairo, in a Coptic church.”
    In statements following the attacks, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo expressed outrage and sorrow.
    “The U.S. Embassy condemns the heinous, reprehensible terrorist attack against peaceful worshippers at Saint George’s Church in Tanta on one of the holiest days of the Christian year,” the Embassy wrote. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this horrific attack. We express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims, and we wish the injured a speedy recovery. The United States stands firmly with the Egyptian government and people to defeat terrorism.”
    Egypt has been a target of terrorism since the overthrow of the Islamist government in 2013, and ISIS affiliates have stepped up both their attacks and rhetoric against Muslims and Christians in the region. ISIS was blamed not only for previously-thwarted attacks on Coptic churches in Egypt, but also for the destruction of a Russian airliner in 2015, which went down over the Sinai Peninsula, killing 224 people and wreaking havoc on the Egyptian tourism industry.
    ISIS wants their brand of extremism to gain a foothold of power across the Muslim Middle East, and these attacks prove that they will go to any lengths necessary to kill “infidels” and fight back any efforts at democracy or moderate religious practice. They know their power centers in Iraq and Syria are fading quickly, and now it’s a race to spread their venomous ideology far and wide before their destruction is complete.
    Hopefully, Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries will recognize the need to destroy this group before it’s too late.

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    It was just terrible. So sad.
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    Piers Morgan Asks Why U.S. Media Won't Cover Christian Genocide By Radical Muslims

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    On Monday, Piers Morgan asked an incredibly insightful question on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight. Why are American journalists essentially ignoring the massacre in Egypt?
    Here's the pertinent portion of the exchange between Morgan and host Tucker Carlson:
    CARLSON: "You sent out a tweet right after this [bombing in Egypt] saying: 'This will not get the attention of massacres is Europe, but it should.' Why won't it, do you think?"
    MORGAN: "I think, unfortunately, if it happens in the Middle East, this kind of atrocity, it just does not seem to attract the kind of media attention in America that it would if it happened, as we've seen with the attacks in Sweden, the last few days, in London two weeks ago. I was there for that - huge attention in the American Media. In Paris, in Nice, these get huge attention. And yet what happened in Egypt was unbelievably significant.
    If you look at what ISIS really stands for, what they are carrying out now in the Middle East - and in Egypt in particular - is a kind of genocidal attack on Christians and Christianity. They want Christianity eradicated. They want to convert all Muslims to their crusade, they want it to be a holy war; they want Christians gone.
    And I don't think that narrative is getting the attention it should get in the American media..."
    CARLSON: "What's so strange is the West is primarily Christian, predominantly - I mean, that's what makes it the West. And yet there's this sense that it's somehow wrong to root for the home team. When something happens to Christians abroad, it's somehow, I don't know, impolite to mention it because it's self-interested. Have you noticed this?"
    MORGAN: "Right. ISIS couldn't be more transparent. After the attack in St. Petersburg last week, they made it absolutely clear that this is a war against the Cross. They said that. That was what the statement said. They are at war - in their heads - with Christianity. Not just with Christianity - they're at war with all other religions as well. But they have been singling out, in increasingly virulent terms, that their real war now is against Christians and the Cross...
    I think this is a huge story. This is the kind of story that ought to be dominating cable news in America; it should be dominating headlines around the world. The press in America should be full of headlines about this. This narrative, to me, is very straightforward. ISIS have declared war on Christianity. I'm not seeing that being covered enough."

    Although Morgan and Carlson asked the important question - why isn't this narrative dominating the news in the United States? - they didn't offer any real answers.
    There are two reasons the assault on Christianity in the Middle East isn't being covered. First -as Piers Morgan noted - attacks in that part of the world seem almost routine, so they often go unnoticed.
    However, the principle reason the media ignores the genocide of Christians in the Middle East at the hands of radical Muslims is because coverage of such events would harm their preferred narrative.
    After every Islamic terrorist attack, the media asks the same question: "What could have motivated this attack?" And every time, the answer is a variation of the following statement: "We may never know."
    The mainstream media is unwilling to acknowledge Islamic terrorism because to do so would undermine a delicate fiction that benefits progressives and Democratic politicians. The fiction is as follows: Conservative Christians stir up hatred against moderate Muslims by calling out every terrorist attack committed by jihadists.
    In the aftermath of every Islamic terrorist attack, the following sequence of events needs to occur in order for progressives to keep their narrative running and profitable:

    • Most media outlets ignore or run cursory stories about the attack.

    • In response, conservative organizations cover the attack, correctly pinning the blame on radical Islamic philosophy.

    • Progressive media figures swoop in, and trot out the usual commentators who tell us that "not all Muslims are terrorists" (as if any sane individual thinks that). They call conservative coverage an "overreaction" that will perpetuate Islamophobia, and lead to bigoted attacks against moderate Muslims.

    • The media dusts off a story or two about someone attacking a moderate Muslim. These stories permeate the cable news and social media landscape.

    • Americans either shut up because they're afraid of looking like the bad guys, or they buy into the leftist narrative.

    • Progressives look like bleeding-heart heroes who are simply protecting a minority against the cruel, conservative, Christian majority.

    • Rinse and repeat.

    By adhering to this cycle, progressives gain voters who see them as compassionate. Because the policies of the Left have no material value, everything they do is fashioned around appearances - namely, the appearance of compassion. Pretending to care is an incredibly powerful tool.
    As mentioned above, conservatives are the "cruel majority" against whom progressives are waging war. A great many conservatives are Christian. Thus, to acknowledge Christian oppression or murder at the hands of Islamic terrorists would be to give legitimacy to the alleged bad guys.
    Identifying and condemning Christian genocide at the hands of jihadists would harm the narrative of Christian conservatives fomenting unwarranted fear of moderate Muslims and stirring Islamophobia. So instead of calling out radical Islam, progressives simply look the other way, and follow their time-tested recipe.
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    For far too many people in this country - people do not matter, countries do not matter - only their agenda matters. They will do any amount of lying and covering up to further that agenda. Period.

    Many of the churches here in the US, church hierarchy, are too deep into the agenda, many for their own financial gain.
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