16553Muslim Brotherhood: Egypt’s Christians Mu st "Convert, Pay Tribute, or Leave"
- Jun 7, 2012http://aclj.org/middle-east-turmoil/muslim-brotherhood-egypt-christians-convert-pay-tribute-leave
Muslim Brotherhood: Egypt’s Christians Must "Convert, Pay Tribute, or Leave"
According to a popular Egyptian website, the Muslim Brotherhood’s
Egyptian presidential candidate, Mohammed Morsi, has stated that
Christians will be forced to “convert, pay tribute, or leave.”
When asked about Coptic Christians in Egypt, Morsi reportedly told a
journalist, “They have to know that the conquest is coming and Egypt
will be Muslim and they have to pay tribute or migrate as one who left.”
He reportedly stated that it was his goal as a presidential candidate to
“achieve the Islamic conquest of Egypt for the second time, and make all
Christians convert to Islam, or else pay the 'jizya' (Islamic tax).”
While some are unsure whether he made these particular comments, these
statements are consistent with the rhetoric of his campaign.
Just last month, Morsi looked on approvingly at a campaign rally as
radical Cleric Safwat Higazi told a cheering crowd of thousands that
Morsi would restore “the United States of the Arabs” and that “the
capital of the United States of the Arabs will be Jerusalem, Allah willing.”
As Morsi looked on, the Cleric led the crowd in the chant, “Millions of
martyrs march toward Jerusalem.”
If Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood take control of Egypt it could
create an incredibly dangerous situation for Christians in Egypt,
Israel, and the stability of the entire region.
Morsi faces former Mubarak regime prime minister Ahmed Shafiq next month
in a runoff election in Egypt.
We will continue to monitor this situation and bring you updates on the
plight of Christians in Egypt as we continue fighting for religious