Tagged with Donald Trump

Syrian Christians to US: ‘Don’t Abandon Us Now’

Syrian Christians to US: ‘Don’t Abandon Us Now’

This article was first published by Christianity Today on October 8. Not long after the defeat of the Islamic State in the area, Syrian Christians warn that US military withdrawal from the Kurdish-controlled region, announced yesterday by President Donald Trump, will expose them to danger. “The expected military invasion [by Turkey] and the possible confrontation … Continue reading

Friends of Zion’s Christians?

Friends of Zion’s Christians?

This article was first published at Christianity Today, on December 15, 2017. American evangelicals rediscovered their brethren in the Middle East in recent years. The promise of the Arab Spring, followed by the threat of ISIS. Beheadings and other martyrdoms, followed by forgiveness. Many decided we must become better friends, and work harder for the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Trump Trial

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Trump Trial

God, They started out friendly. Probably they still are. But the American president played an unexpected wild card, with developments still uncertain. The US cut its military aid. Trump has repeatedly praised Sisi, who has returned the admiration. But even so his administration followed an Obama pattern in holding back some aid pending better progress … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Aya, Easter

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Aya, Easter

God, Easter passed peacefully, but not Egypt. Though there were no troubles on the holiday, others sandwiched. A few days earlier Copts praying in a village were pelted with stones, as police looked on. A few days later terrorism struck at St. Catherine’s Monastery in the southern Sinai, as police responded. One officer died, a … Continue reading

Does Egypt Still Matter?

Does Egypt Still Matter?

As America under Trump re-determines its policies in the Middle East, the feelings of the region’s people matter very little. ‘Hearts and minds,’ sure, but cold-calculating interests generally rule geopolitical considerations. All the same, I can imagine the Egyptian angst in reading this recommendation by the Hoover Institute for Washington to re-up its cooperation with … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Trumping Protest

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Trumping Protest

God, Bless the president-to-be of the United States of America. May he govern wisely. May he engage Egypt well. But though many are troubled in America at his arrival, many in Egypt welcome his opposition to the Brotherhood and his favor expressed toward Sisi. And he comes at a moment when many in Egypt are … Continue reading

Trump, Clinton, and Egypt

Trump, Clinton, and Egypt

We are often asked what Egyptians think about current American politics and the presidential race. Our answer tends to fall into these categories: Many hate Hillary Clinton due to her support for the Brotherhood. Many think it doesn’t matter because US foreign policy never changes. Many see in Donald Trump an American version of Middle … Continue reading

Muslims are not Islam is not Muslims

Muslims are not Islam is not Muslims

From an article at the Zwemer Center, written by a philosopher fed up with popular coverage of Muslim issues: One philosophical distinction that may help navigate this discussion is between essentialism and nominalism. Don’t stop reading, he makes it simpler, distinguishing between Islamic religiosity and Muslim religiosity. Ok, that still sounds complicated, but here is … Continue reading

Trump is the New…

Trump is the New…

Identifying the alter ego of the front-running Republican candidate appears to be American’s favorite parlor game these days. An early winner is Adolph Hitler, with Benito Mussolini making a late charge. I have even seen some suggest Jesus. But here are two more insightful comparisons. T. Greer goes back in American history to find the … Continue reading