Monday, January 17, 2005

We Are Going to Track You Down Like a Chicken and Kill You
(Allegedly) :
Man defends Coptic Christianity on online board. Fundamentalist Muslims come to house, and butcher his family. But they were especially vicious to the daughter. Read the whole thing, if you dare.

The married father of two had recently been threatened by Muslim members of the Web site, said a fellow Copt and store clerk who uses the chat room. "You'd better stop this bull---- or we are going to track you down like a chicken and kill you," was the threat, said the clerk, who was online at the time and saw the exchange. But Armanious refused to back down, according to two sources who use the Web site. Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy would neither confirm nor deny that cops and prosecutors were looking into the religion motive, saying only that "nothing is being ruled out." But a relative of the mayor who answered the phone at Healy's home said there was information the murders were "religion-related."......

A family member who viewed photos of the bloodbath said Sylvia [the sixteen-year-old daughter] seemed to have taken the most savage punishment. "When we saw the pictures, you could tell that they were hurt really, really bad in the face; especially Sylvia," said Milad Garas, the high-school sophomore's great-uncle. The heartless killer not only slit Sylvia's throat, but also sliced a huge gash in her chest and stabbed her in the wrist, where she had a tattoo of a Coptic cross. Also found murdered were the wife, Amal Garas, and the parents' other daughter, Monica.

Fred Ayed, the deacon at St. George and St. Shenouda Church, where the deeply religious family attended services, said he's worried that the murders could have a ripple effect. "I am concerned for the safety of our community," said Ayed, who knew Hossam for 30 years. "People are scared because one family was slain like cows," said Moheb Ghabour, publisher of a local newspaper for the Coptic community.

Two things. First, not all of the facts are known. Second, if the facts that are learned point to what appears true on first glance, that this is the work of muslim extremists to silence debate, than we must deal with the following argument: People say the problem is fundamentalism - but have you ever heard of an ultra-orthodox jew act with such vicousness except on egyptian TV propoganda shows? Have fundamentalist Catholic or Protestant condoned such things in the last 250 years? Do fundamentalist Buddhists or Hindus go on a rampages because of a religious spats? Is it really fundamentalism that is the problem, or might it be something else?

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