November 15, 2011
Egyptian Coptic Christians living in the United States have sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, imploring her to take more action against what they called the "crime against humanity" facing the Christian population in Egypt from the Muslim Brotherhood, ASSIST News Service reports. In the Nov. 9 letter, Monir Dawoud, head of the American Coptic Association, warned the U.S. government that the radical Muslim Brotherhood was "attempting to annihilate Christians" and other religious minorities in the country. Dawoud called for a guarantee of rights for all minorities to be included in the new constitution after Egypt's new government is elected in less than three weeks, and demanded that aid to Egypt be conditional on the country's justice toward Christians and minorities. He also warned Clinton and the U.S. government to take note that the Muslim Brotherhood had intentions of "planned destruction" against America: "The Muslim Brotherhood is deadly serious about waging what it calls 'civilization jihad' against the United States and other freedom-loving countries in order to secure their submission to the Islamic totalitarian political-military-legal doctrine called Sharia." Dawoud's letter is expected to get some traction in Congress, where repeated calls to stem the popularity of the Muslim Brotherhood have been heard.