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Coptic Christians ask Obama why he doesn't care about them

The Washington Times reports on a protest march bound to get less media attention than one of those silly global-warming "rallies" nobody bothers to show up for:

Hundreds of Coptic Christians took to downtown Nashville, Tenn., streets this week to protest the ongoing and escalating violence their faith is facing in Egypt.

Among their chants: “Obama, Obama don’t you care? Christian blood is everywhere,” The Tennessean reported. The demonstrators, waving Egyptian flags, also called for Americans to “pray for Egypt.” And signs abounded, with messages such as: “We are against Muslim Brotherhood.”

A woman who said she has lived in the United States for 16 years expressed fear for Christians who live in Egypt, and she said the Muslim Brotherhood is to blame for the 40-plus church burnings that have been reported in recent days.

“What is terrorism,” she said in The Tennesseean article, “but being afraid to go out of your house because someone will attack you.”

Other protesters expressed the hope that the Obama administration would take a strong stand and support the interim government — not the Muslim Brotherhood — in Egypt.

Good luck with that, guys.

The understated Administration response to the persecution of Christians is consistently dismaying.  The official response to Muslim Brotherhood mobs tagging Christian churches and private property with Islamist graffiti, then looting the places or burning them to the ground, has produced little more official condemnation than the expulsion of Christians from Iraq. 

It's particularly obvious when contrasted with the Administration's vein-popping freak-out over the YouTube video they falsely blamed for the Benghazi attack, as well as trouble at the American embassy in Egypt on 9/11/12.  That was always more about the Brotherhood trying to get the Blind Sheikh, architect of the original World Trade Center bombing, extradited to Egypt so he could be given the Lockerbie Bomber treatment.  But instead we were treated to a long scolding about how our excessive love of free speech had to be reined in, lest we offend certain religious groups (but not the ones routinely mocked and denigrated on American television - who cares about those people?)

"The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam," President Obama declared to the United Nations.  I don't know how you go about "slandering" someone who's been dead for 1300 years.  But apparently the future can belong to people who shut down 1600-year-old churches.  At worst, their behavior is "frowned upon" by the current Administration, and the rest of the Western world isn't much more visibly upset than he is.


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