At Christmas mass, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi asked Christians to ‘please accept our apologies’ for their persecution and pledged to have every single church fixed within one year. In 2013, after the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, Time Magazine designated Al-Sisi the ‘most important man in the world.’
Clarion Project (h/t Robert S) For the second time, Egyptian President Al-Sisi attended a Coptic Christmas mass — a strong symbolic move that he was the first head of state to make. This year, he asked the Christians to “please accept our apologies” for their persecution and the length of time it has taken to rebuild churches attacked by Islamists. He pledged to have every single one fixed within one year.
Al-Sisi attended the mass with the Coptic Pope and told the country to accept diversity as part of Allah‘s creation “God [Allah] has created us different … in religion, manner, color, language, habit, tradition … and no one can make us the all same,” he said to an applause.
In the days before the Christmas mass, Al-Sisi used the holiday of the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday to criticize Islamic religious authorities, challenging them to send Christmas wishes to Christians and to preach that no one should be harmed for their choice of religion. It was a direct shot at the Islamist teachings that Muslims who leave the faith should be executed for apostasy.
“In our schools, institutes and universities, do we teach and practice respect for the other? We neither teach or practice it,” he said.
The Egyptian Streets website quoted him as saying:
“Can I impose upon someone pressure, physically or morally, to change their religion? Would God accept this?” “What are we afraid of? Are we custodians of people’s minds or choices? No we are not. In religion specifically, no. Each of us will be judged independently … and [people] will have to answer [for their choices and what they choose to believe].”
Al-Sisi became the first Egyptian President to attend a Christmas mass last year, where he appealed to the country’s strong nationalism to undercut anti-Christian sentiment. He proclaimed in his televised remarks, “Let no one say, ‘What kind of Egyptian are you?’… It is not right to call each other anything but ‘the Egyptians.’ We must only be Egyptians!”
“We will love each other for real, so that people may see,” he said as he stood next to Coptic leaders and fought back tears in his eyes on national television.
After the Islamic State (ISIS) executed a group of Egyptian Coptic Christians, El-Sisi emphasized that their deaths were just as heinous as if they had executed Muslims.
Al-Sisi is most known for his epic declaration last year that Egypt must lead a modernist reformation in Islamic interpretations, placing the blame for Islamic terrorism and human rights abuses squarely on teachings rooted in Islamism (political Islam).
He is direct in saying that Egypt must not be an Islamic state, but a civil one and the current Islamic thinking, based on the texts and Islamic Law, are “antagonizing the entire world.”
He is telling all who will listen that his fellow Muslims who use terrorism, suicide bombings, beheadings, mass killings, violent expansionism and wish to kill and subjugate ‘the others’ to build a new caliphate so that they themselves may live, is impossible.
In 2010, the Obama Regime gave $770 million to refurbish mosques in Mideast Muslim countries at a time when the United States was suffering its worst financial crisis since the Stock Market Crash of 1929.