August 21, 2012
It is no wonder there has been a media crackdown in Egypt. News from various media agencies are reporting that radical Muslims have activated crucifixion for the non-Muslim adversaries of newly installed President Mohammed Morsi. Muslim Brotherhood partisans are “crucifying those opposing Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi, naked on trees in front of the presidential palace while abusing others,” says Raymond Ibrahim, a fellow with the Middle East Forum and the Investigative Project on Terrorism. The victims include Egyptian Christians as well as other non-Muslims, Ibrahim said, but extra brutality is reserved for the Christians. Crucifixions are a component of Islamic doctrine required by the Quran.
Center for Security Policy Senior Fellow Clare Lopez cited chapter and verse from the Quran to explain that crucifixions are not just considered to be normal for Islam, they’re demanded. “Crucifixion is a hadd punishment, stipulated in the Quran, Sura 5:33, and therefore an obligatory part of Shariah (law),” Lopez said. “It’s been a traditional punishment within Islam since the beginning, even though it’s not exclusively Islamic. The Romans used crucifixion for shock value also.”
There is a Christian holocaust on the way, just as there was for the Jews in Nazi Germany. “The Copts (Egyptian Christians) must get out of Egypt as soon as possible, for the many millions who will not be able to get out, I expect things will continue to deteriorate, just as they did for Germany’s and Europe’s Jews from the 1930s onward. The warnings were there long before the ghettos and round-ups and one-way train trips to the concentration camps began in the 1940s,” Lopez said.
Pamela Geller, an analyst of the Middle East and Islam says, “The Christians are in serious trouble, because the Quran in Sura 9:29 commands Muslims to wage war against them and subjugate them, and they’re also identified with the hated West and the U.S.”
In Sura 5:33, the Quran says, “Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land,” Geller said.
Clare M. Lopez is a strategic policy and intelligence expert. She thinks all this means that Morsi is shedding his “moderate” veneer. “The point I would make is that Morsi is not bothering to play ‘moderate’ anymore. He’s moving very aggressively to consolidate power for the Muslim Brotherhood,” Lopez said and then added that Morsi is now free to act without any concern for public opinion.
“He doesn’t seem to care who thinks what anymore. He knows he’s got the U.S. Government and president in his corner no matter what he does. He doesn’t have to pretend, no need for ‘plausible deniability.’ He also knows he’s got the majority of the Egyptian people behind him,” Lopez said.
Middle East analyst Michael Rubin, agrees, “Morsi certainly wants absolute control. The Muslim Brotherhood is writing the Egyptian Constitution and will impose its dream of an Islamic state on Egypt.” Rubin also said, “Morsi is going to play the moderate and the mediator for the world media, all the while complaining that he can’t take more forceful action against the extremists because the radical fringe won’t allow him to do more.”
Michael Rubin says “It’s nonsense, of course, but still an explanation that will satisfy American diplomats, safe behind the walls of their compounds.”
Clare Lopez responded to Rubin’s explanation, but points to the White House as the main supporter for Morsi and the Brotherhood. “This is exactly what many of us expected him (Morsi) to do (consolidate power) and I think the White House knew, too, and not only expected but wanted Morsi and the Brotherhood to take over Egypt. As far as I know, the White House invitation for Morsi in September still stands, nor have I heard the slightest hint of criticism from any top U.S. government leadership figure about Morsi’s coup. He knows he’s on solid ground with this administration,” Lopez said.
Ms. Lopez serves on the Clarion Fund’s Advisory Board with Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. who is the head of The Center for Security Policy. He was at the forefront of opposition to the proposed Park51 Muslim Community Center, located two blocks from the site of the 9/11 attacks. Gaffney insisted the community center, dubbed the “Ground Zero mosque,” was “designed to be a permanent, in-our-face beachhead for Shariah Law, a platform for inspiring the triumphalist ambitions of the faithful.”