The Armanious Family Massacre
January 20, 2005
The Armanious Family Massacre I have
held off commenting on the chilling murder of the four Armanious
family members on Jan. 14, 2005, in Jersey
City, New Jersey, not
being sure of its motive. I held off despite the New York Post on Jan.
16 drawing a
connection between the massacre and the father's anti-Islamic Internet
comments; and, one day later, WABC noting
that a cousin of the slain family had worked as a translator for the
prosecution in the trial of Lynne Stewart (the leftist radical lawyer accused
of helping Omar Abdel Rahman,
the Egyptian Islamist leader, to get his messages out to his terrorist
But today comes news from Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch explaining
what happened, and I can stay silent no longer.
First some background: The Armanious were
immigrants from Egypt,
refugees from the anti-Christian situation there. Thinking they had reached
security in the United States,
they began to exercise their religion and their freedom of speech in a way
unimaginable in Egypt.
They spoke their minds and even engaged in efforts to convert Muslims. Based on
information from a "close friend" of Hossam
Armanious, the father, Spencer explains:
The Armanious family had inspired several
Muslims to convert to Christianity — or thought they had. These converts were
actually practicing taqiyya, or religious
deception, pretending to be friends of these Christians in order to strengthen
themselves against them. … It was these "converts" who knocked on the
door of the Armanious home. Of course, the family,
not suspecting the deception, was happy to see the "converted" men
and willingly let them in to their home. That's why there was no sign of forced
entry. Then the "converted" Muslims did their grisly work.
The friend goes on to explain that many Copts see the family's murder as
a warning to Copts in the United
The nature of the warning? The murders send a
signal from the Muslims to the Copts: we are going to behave here the same way
we behaved in Egypt,
and the First Amendment and American law enforcement will not protect you.
Don't expect America
to keep you safe from us. The oppression and harassment you thought you had
left behind in Egypt
has now come to you.
Spencer concludes that the Armanious's fate is
akin to Theo van Gogh's murder in Holland, an
indication that Muslims in the United
States "do not, as we are supposed to
believe, unanimously accept the parameters of American pluralism. That at least
some are willing to enforce Sharia penalties right
here, right now."
Comment: Assuming Spencer's information is accurate, it raises a
most alarming prospect of the importation of Shari‘a to America. I suspect, however, that
government, media, academy, churches, and others will prefer not to see this
horrifying development for what it is. (January 20, 2005)