Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Candidate: Christians Should “Convert, Pay Tribute, or Leave”
There are over seven million Christians in Egypt. Ten percent of the population is Christian. It is one of the oldest Christian communities in the world.
But that was before the Arab Spring.
Muslim Brotherhood candidate Muhammad Morsi says he wants a second Islamic conquest of Egypt. (State)
Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Muhammad Morsi told reporters this week that he will achieve the Islamic conquest of Egypt for the second time.
“We will not allow Ahmed Shafiq [his contending presidential candidate] or anyone else to impede our second Islamic conquest of Egypt.”
Gatestone Institute reported, via Free Republic:
According to the popular Egyptian website, El Bashayer, Muhammad Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate, just declared that he will “achieve the Islamic conquest (fath) of Egypt for the second time, and make all Christians convert to Islam, or else pay the jizya,” the additional Islamic tax, or financial tribute, required of non-Muslims, or financial tribute.
In a brief report written by Samuel al-Ashay and published by El Bashayer on May 27, Morsi allegedly made these comments while speaking with a journalist at the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, adding “We will not allow Ahmed Shafiq [his contending presidential candidate] or anyone else to impede our second Islamic conquest of Egypt.”
After his interviewer pointed out that the first Muslim conquest of Egypt was “carried out at the hands of Amr bin al-As [in 641],” he asked Morsi, “Who will the second Islamic conqueror be?” Morsi, replied, “The second Muslim conqueror will be Muhammad Morsi,” referring to himself, “and history will record it.”
Last October Coptic Bishop Anba Stephanos told Aid to the Church in Need reporters that Coptic Christians are experiencing their worst time in recent centuries.