| Christians snub meeting with Clinton because of U.S. support for Islamic supremacists
| Monday, July 16, 2012
As far back as January 2011,
it was clear to the Christians of Egypt what would happen to them under
Muslim Brotherhood rule. It was either not clear to Barack Obama and
Hillary Clinton, or they didn't care. Certainly Clinton's cliches about
treating minorities equably today will do nothing to alleviate the
Christians' plight. "Christians snub Cairo meeting with Clinton, claim US backs Islamists," from MSNBC, July 15
Prominent Christian Egyptians snubbed Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton on Sunday because they feel the U.S. administration
favors Islamist parties over secular and liberal forces in society at
the expense of Egypt's 8 million Christians. The critical theme was repeated by others Sunday in Cairo and
Alexandria despite Clinton denying U.S. interference in Egyptian
The politicians, businessmen and clerics who snubbed Clinton were
supposed to take part in meetings between Clinton and influential
members of civil society.
Coptic Christian businessman and politician Naguib Sawiris and three
other Coptic politicians said in a statement they were objecting to
Clinton's policies in solidarity with the mainstream Egyptian. They also said that since the revolution, the U.S. administration and
Clinton have paid many visits in support of Islamic political currents
in society while ignoring other civil movements. The four prominent Copts consider the meeting with the Islamist
parties a form of external pressure to push the Islamists to power and
ignore other civil movements. They blamed the U.S. for even showing a
preference for an Islamist presidential candidate.
Egypt, a nation of nearly 84 million, is 90 percent Muslim, 9 percent Coptic and 1 percent other Christian denominations. Two church leaders also turned their back on Clinton. Coptic Bishop Morcos and Evangelical church leader Safwat al Bayadi
refused to meet with Clinton because of what they characterized as
interference in Egyptian internal affairs and U.S. support for Islamists
while ignoring the majority of Egyptians. A few hundred protesters chanted the same message in front of the Garden City Four Seasons hotel where Clinton overnighted. Clinton sought to dispel the idea. "She wanted, in very, very clear terms, particularly with the
Christian group this morning, to dispel that notion and to make clear
that only Egyptians can choose their leaders, that we have not supported
any candidate, any party, and we will not," a senior U.S. official told
reporters on Sunday.
Rights for all At a Sunday meeting of prominent women, Clinton emphasized rights for all Egyptians, not their choices. "I came to Cairo, in part, to send a very clear message that the
United States supports the rights, the universal rights of all people,"
she said. "We support democracy. But democracy has to be more than just
elections. It has to mean that the majority will be protecting the
rights of the minority." The United States will "look to any elected government to support
inclusivity, to make sure that the talents of every Egyptian can be put
to work in building a new future for this ancient and incredibly
important country," Clinton told a group of prominent women....
Later in Alexandria, Clinton presided over a ceremony to reopen the
U.S. consulate in Alexandria, which was closed in 1993 to save money. The ceremony was moved inside as protesters grew vocal outside the consulate. In her speech, Clinton said, "I want to be clear that the United
States is not in the business, in Egypt, of choosing winners and losers,
even if we could, which, of course, we cannot." Protesters threw tomatoes, shoes and a water bottle as members of the press accompanying Clinton walked to their vans. A tomato hit an Egyptian official in the face.
The protesters also chanted "Monica, Monica, Monica," a reference to
Monica Lewinsky, the White House intern who was the focus of a sex
scandal with her husband, then-President Bill Clinton. Hat tip: Jihad Watch
|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 9:15 AM