Islamic Studies Prof: Egypt Army Should Annihilate Christians
Tue, August 27, 2013
The cartoon published by Professor Amjad Qourshah.
An Islamic studies professor at the University of Amman in Jordan, who has ties to the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), published a diatribe of anti-Christian attacks against Egypt's Copts on Facebook, blaming them for the violence in Egypt and accusing them of burning their own churches.
John Rossomando of the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) reported on the tirade by Professor Amjad Qourshah, which also included an image of Jesus similar in nature to the 2006 Danish cartoon depicting Mohammed, the founder of Islam, with a bomb in his turban. That image sparked violent riots worldwide.
Rossomando reported, "MAS and fellow Islamist groups, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), have been silent about the violence against Egypt's Christians by the Muslim Brotherhood. Those groups either have roots in the Muslim Brotherhood or have worked with it. The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) has similarly been silent.”
Qourshah's Facebook post included a cartoon of Jesus with an AK-47 over his shoulder with a bomb halo surrounding his head, saying "Jesus says: 'Sell your clothes and buy arms.' " The caption above the image says, "The way to hypocrisy for the Orthodox Copts."
Rossomando notes that when a similar image of Mohammed was published Mahdi Bray, who was then-head of MAS's political arm, said "This has nothing to do with free speech. It's pure sensationalism that reeks of religious disrespect."
Qourshah’s rant, translated by IPT, calls on the Egyptian army to annihilate the Coptic Christians. The rant includes references to the Old Testament and New Testament, taken out of context.
In response, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, said, "It is entirely predictable that such a person would be invited to speak for the Muslim American Society (MAS), which has been referred to as part of the 'nucleus' of the Muslim Brotherhood here in the United States."
"Only a brief perusal of the responses to the current situation in Egypt from Muslim Brotherhood legacy groups in the United States reveals a deep and abiding loyalty to the Muslim Brotherhood, a disdain for pro-liberty Muslims and dissidents, and ambivalence at very best when it comes to the plight of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East,’ he added.
"Lines are being drawn in the sand, and as more of this rhetoric reveals itself, Americans and others will see the true nature of groups like MAS and others. As we are alarmed, may we be also inspired to act – empowering Muslims and our allies who seek reform of our community and the protection of liberty," Jasser continued.
Before the page was taken down by Facebook, Qourshah’s post read (in part), "Where are you, oh hypocrites who claim to love freedom and peace, when you are at the head of sedition. Your channels were the first to call for war, strife and lies. Your chiefs were the first to ignite sectarian strife on fire. Personally, I do not rule out Copts burning their churches themselves to accuse the Muslims in coordination with the heads of the church and the Egyptian security services."
"Where are you, liberals and secularists throughout the length and breadth of Arab countries on the Copts entering into politics and their chiefs encouraging them to violence and terrorism and urged their followers and the security agencies to murder and vileness?"