Was the Coptic family’s blood licit to
By Robert Spencer
abound among Coptic Christians that the murderers of a Coptic family in Jersey City last week
were religious Muslims. But when they have voiced these suspicions, they have
been denounced as “Islamophobes” – an all-purpose
term used to silence criticism of Islam and of Muslims. And Hudson County
Prosecutor Edward DeFazio dismisses the idea that the killings were religiously
motivated: “Is it possible? Yes. Do we have anything that gives us reason to
believe this is what it was, factually? No. Nothing indicates that was the
prime motivation for this. That we can clearly say.”
The media has widely accepted the idea that it was just a robbery.
law enforcement officials have received information from at least one Copt — a
close friend of the Armanious family — indicating
that the crime was indeed religiously motivated. He has said that an imam in Jersey City declared this
Christian family’s blood “halal,” (i.e., licit to
shed), because of their proselytizing activities among Muslims. He has named —
by name — a suspect in this crime, whose motive was religious and who has fled
there is nothing to this. Perhaps the man who has fled is innocent. But even if
he is, the Copts have had perfectly cogent reasons for their suspicions. The Armanious family was outspoken in trying to convert Muslims
to Christianity. Hossam Armanious
vigorously spread his faith at PalTalk, and his
15-year-old daughter Sylvia displayed similar zeal at Dickinson High School .
There is credible evidence that for this activity the family received a death
threat. In light of all that, it may be that what needs to be justified is the
idea that their deaths were in fact unrelated to that proselytizing activity.
Islamic law, the Sharia, has traditionally made it a
capital offense both for a Muslim to leave Islam, and
for a non-Muslim to attempt to convert a Muslim. Many Muslims take such laws
very seriously. The Theo van Gogh murder in the Netherlands indicates that at least
some will not hesitate to enforce Sharia penalties
even in the lands of the infidels.
if the killer is never caught, and he could be half a world away by now, Muslim
spokesmen will attribute the suspicions of the Copts to a “climate of hysteria”
against Muslims, and portray themselves — as they do so often — as victims.
a larger question remains. If the Armanious family
did in fact receive a death threat related to their proselytizing on Pal Talk,
what are the implications for our free society? If the murders were indeed, as
many Copts suspect, a warning to them not to proselytize among Muslims, what
does that mean for the free exchange of ideas that has always been one of the
central values – perhaps the central value – of the American polity?
mainstream media has done a poor job of covering this case. It has not bothered
to explain that the difficulties Copts experience in Egypt are not “old” or even
“centuries-old” (as the New York Times put it) — they are as old as when
the Muslim invaders first conquered Coptic Christian Egypt. They don’t come
from anything Copts have said or done to Muslims, but from the supremacist
nature of Islamic beliefs. But in the media in general there has been no
understanding of this and no discussion of the Sharia
— or of how apostates in Islam are to be treated, or of what punishment is to
be meted out to those who dare (as the Armanious
family dared) not to act as the despised and cowed minority they were in Egypt,
but as free and equal and proud citizens of this country.
has come from the Hudson County Prosecutors Office that shows any sign that
that Office has considered these questions, or fully investigated the Copts’
suspicions and allegations. This may not have been a Sharia-inspired
killing on American soil, but nothing that has yet come from Edward DeFazio or
anyone else seems to deal adequately with the indications that it was. White
House Wilsonians seem intent on bringing “democracy”
to Iraq , as if that will solve the problem of Islam and of the
jihad that they persist in identifying solely by one of its tools, terrorism.
Meanwhile, an unknown number of Muslims in the United States — possibly including
the killer of the Armanious family — are working to
solve the problems of Islam by laboring, in one way or another, to bring Sharia to this country.
few are paying attention to that.