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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...

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