The murder of 28 Coptic Christians in Egypt’s Minya province on Friday is the latest in a string of attacks on Egypt’s Coptic community. Earlier this month, a Christian man was shot to death by ISIS members in Arish, Egypt. In April, more than 45 people were killed and over 130 injured when bombs exploded at two Coptic churches in Egypt. This past December, another church bombing killed nearly 30 people and injured nearly 50 others.
The latest assault came the very day following an appeal from the Knights of Columbus for donations to aid Iraq’s persecuted Christian community. Iraq’s Christian community has been devastated by ISIS. The country’s Christian population — which was estimated to number 1.5 million in 2003 — now stands at about 200,0000, according to the Chaldean Catholic Archdiocese of Erbil.
“We hate you, first and foremost, because you are disbelievers.”
The attack also came the same week as the ISIS suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, which killed 22 people, including teenagers and young girls. But while radical Islamic terrorists across the world murder infidels, many in the West seem more concerned with Muslims’ feelings than Christians’ lives.
Following the massacre in the Manchester, condemnations of Islamophobia were nearly as loud as condemnations of the horror itself, as liberals tripped over themselves to absolve the Islamic faith of any culpability in the attack’s motivation.
The Independent ran a headline saying, “This isn’t the time for Islamophobia,” while The Intercept published an article that claimed so-called “Islamophobia” in the wake of Islamic terror attacks only causes more terrorism.
“Reactions to Manchester Bombing Show How Anti-Muslim Bigots Are ‘Useful Idiots’ for ISIS,” it stated. Of course, while it may be true that radical Islamists use anti-Muslim feeling in the West to recruit adherents to its poisonous ideology, so-called Islamophobes are not the source of said ideology.
“To all my dear Muslim brothers and sisters in Manchester and across the U.K., we got your back. Neither terrorists nor Nazis will divide us,” tweeted former Heat Street editor Louise Mensch.
While some rushed to criticize “Islamophobia” and defend their “Muslim brothers” in the wake of the Manchester bombing, others thought to ignore its obvious links to Islam entirely.
The left-wing Salon ran a headline claiming that “Manchester was an attack on girls” — as opposed to an attack on the West and its way of life. In the U.K., Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn claimed that the Manchester attack was a direct result of British foreign policy — and received harsh criticism from Prime Minister Theresa May.
“Jeremy Corbyn has said that terror attacks in Britain are our own fault, and he has said that just a few days after one of the worst terror attacks” in the U.K.’s history, said May. “There can never, ever, be an excuse for terrorism,” she said, adding “the choice people face at the general election has become starker.”
ISIS has stated clearly its reasons for killing Christians. “We hate you, first and foremost, because you are disbelievers,” it declared in its online magazine, “Dabiq,” in July 2016.
“[Y]ou reject the oneness of Allah – whether you realize it or not – by making partners for Him in worship, you blaspheme against Him, claiming that He has a son, you fabricate lies against His prophets and messengers, and you indulge in all manner of devilish practices,” the magazine stated.
“Furthermore, just as your disbelief is the primary reason we hate you, your disbelief is the primary reason we fight you, as we have been commanded to fight the disbelievers until they submit to the authority of Islam,” it continued.