February 26, 2024

Liberated From Dhimmitude

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by Andrew Doran, Senior Research Fellow

Three years ago, an Islamist sheikh in the Middle East met with a group of young Americans. When asked about local Christians, he said, “Christians are protected here. They’re our guests.” That answer might’ve sounded harmless to innocent ears. But it caused a Coptic Christian woman in the group to shudder. She later shared how his fork-tongued words evoked childhood memories as a “protected” Christian in Egypt before her family emigrated to the U.S.

Only the most perverse mind could describe the Israeli hostages of October 7 as “guests.” The horrific images from and since that day, however, obscure subtler forms of captivity used by Hamas…