Copts

When The Lamb Is Silent

OMEONE FROM THE MIDDLE EAST told me once that Westerners play games, looking for win-win outcomes. Islamists play for win-lose outcomes. Liberals have a very difficult time dealing with the kind of triumphal attitudes inherent in Islamism. They think that everyone should be able to paint reality in subtle shades of gray. Islamic intolerance and barbarism is often excused as merely cultural expression. Several years ago my family was involved in liberating a young Philippina girl who had been given as a wedding gift to a Saudi student attending our local university. When challenged about the enslavement of this young...

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Islam's Public Enemy #1

by Raymond Ibrahim optic priest Zakaria Botros fights fire with fire. Though he is little known in the West, Coptic priest Zakaria Botros—named Islam’s “Public Enemy #1” by the Arabic newspaper, al-Insan al-Jadid—has been making waves in the Islamic world. Along with fellow missionaries—mostly Muslim converts—he appears frequently on the Arabic channel al-Hayat (i.e., “Life TV”). There, he addresses controversial topics of theological significance—free from the censorship imposed by Islamic authorities or self-imposed through fear of the zealous mobs who fulminated against the infamous cartoons of Mohammed. Botros’s excurses on little-known but embarrassing aspects of Islamic law and tradition have...