By Ed Wood, staff writer
ISIS has released a videotape of the public beheading of twenty-one Coptic Christians somewhere along the coast of Libya. I hate to admit it, but I didn’t even know what a Coptic Christian was. So I looked it up. “Coptic” means “Egyptian” and Christians living in Egypt identify themselves as Coptic Christians. Pretty simple.
Copts were organized between A.D. 42 – A.D. 62 and consider John Mark, the author of the Gospel of Mark, to be their founder. Over the years, Egypt fell under the colonial rule of Italy which demanded loyalty to Roman rulers. The Copts refused to show allegiance to any but the Christ, so the usual persecution took place.
In A. D. 641, Coptic Christians were rescued from the Roman Empire by fellow Arabs who demanded adherence to their Islamic faith. The Copts went from the frying pan into the fire, for as we have seen, the consequences of refusing to accept Islam are rather severe. Not surprisingly there aren’t many Coptic Christians left. Since the Arab Spring uprising in Cairo, things have not gone well for the Copts in Egypt. In fact, the 21 Coptic Christians murdered by ISIS were seeking work in neighboring Libya, the country America rescued from the dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Clearly, they were not well received there either.
In a statement released by the Vatican, Pope Francis condemned the beheadings by ISIS terrorists, saying of the Copts, “Their only words were: ‘Jesus, help me!’ They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians.” “The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out be heard,” continued the Pope. “It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants. They are Christians!”
President Obama, however, doesn’t appear to be quite so well informed as the Pope. For while much of the world, including Pope Francis, condemns ISIS for killing the Copts simply because they were Christian, Mr. Obama condemns only “…the despicable and cowardly murder of twenty-one Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists.” Twenty-one Egyptian citizens. Obama doesn’t mention the name “Islamic,” or recognize the victims as Christian. But of course, Barack has been out of town.
Bookmakers in Las Vegas are taking bets on how many days it will be until President Obama identifies ISIS for what it truly is. A better bet might be how many days it will be before the media identifies Barack Hussein Obama for what he truly is.