January 17, 2005

Family of Four Murdered in NJ After Father Receives Death Threats for Speaking Out Against Islam

A New Jersey man originally from Egypt, Hossam Armanious, his wife, and his two daughters, age 16 and 8, were found brutally murdered in their home on Jan. 14th. Mr. Armanious was an Egyptian Christian who spent his spare time online speaking out against Muslim persecuation of Christian Copts in Egypt. He had been threatened online for his criticism.

The death penalty is prescribed for blasphemy under Islamic Law.

Let's see...guy says things about Islam that could be construed as offensive...guy gets death threats from followers of the Religion of Peace...guy won't back down...why does all of this sound so familiar?

NY Post (via Cranky Neocon):

The father of a murdered New Jersey family was threatened for making anti-Muslim remarks online — and the gruesome quadruple slaying may have been the hateful retaliation, sources told The Post yesterday.

Hossam Armanious, 47, who along with his wife and two daughters was found stabbed to death in his Jersey City home early Friday, would regularly debate religion in a Middle Eastern chat room, one source said.

Armanious, an Egyptian Christian, was well known for expressing his Coptic beliefs and engaging in fiery back-and-forth with Muslims on the Web site paltalk.com....

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....

The FBI confirmed it has been called in to help with the case.

Faith Freedom (via Robert Spencer):
The Father, Hossam Armanious, spent some of his spare time in Internet chat rooms debating about religion and speaking out against the Islamic persecution of the Coptic Christians in his native country Egypt .

About two months ago, when he made a comment in a Paltalk chat room, he was threatened.

"Some Muslim guys said if you don't stop this, we're going to come out and kill you," said a family friend. To which he responded: “Here is America , I am free to say whatever I want”.

Armanious could not be more wrong. When he found out that even in America he was not free to speak his mind, it was already too late. He was stabbed to death, his throat was slashed and his entire family was butchered.

The article continues with this editorial on the media silence
Has America already become a dhimmi nation? Are the big American media afraid of the Islamists? Do the reporters fear for their own lives? What is the explanation of this silence? How many more death you need before you wake up and realize our freedom in America is hijacked? How many more innocent people should bathe in their own blood before you realize we are no more free in our own homes and the first amendment does not exist anymore? If today, Muslims with less than 2% of the population, can intimidate you to the extent that you are afraid to report their crimes, what will befall on you (and us) if their number is allowed to grow to 10%
And some of you were wondering why I feel the need to blog anonymously?

Other commentary:

McQ reasons why this was probably a religiously motivated killing: A)Everything I've read about the Muslim fanatics (and make no mistake, if this is a religious killing, it was done by fanatics) out there seems to indicate a preference for slitting the throats of "infidels" (when they're not beheading them).

B) The Coptic cross tattoo on the wrist of the girl had been stabbed. While you may find defensive type wounds on a wrist of a stabbing victim, the stabbing of the cross without any other such injuries to the wrist would argue against defense being the cause of the wound.

Michelle Malkin: Will the patriotic leaders of CAIR--always quick to jump on the hate-crimes bandwagon when it fits their agenda--join the Egyptian Christian community in condemning the vicious Armanious slayings?

Indy Media Watch calls Hossam Armanious a 'blogger' but being a member of a chat community is not the same thing as being a 'blogger'.

Auterrific notes: In any event, it does give us all pause to reflect on the potential for crimes of passion related to on-line discussion, and while I do not feel that this incident should cause anyone to consider censorship in any fashion, it does underscore the need for responsibility that goes hand-in-hand with freedom of speech.

Evangelical Underground: Do you think it would receive more coverage if it were Muslims killed by Christians?

Darleen's Place: We already are witnessing Euro countries, including England, being threatened by moslems into dhimmitude. We cannot allow it to happen here.

Pink Flamingo: The Islamofacists think they are dealing with the Europeans who are sorry for existing? The Europeans may apologize for Pym Fortuyn but Americans don't apologize for free speech or Christianity.

Six Meat Buffet: God forbid we actually hear about the growing and very real islamofascist threat in our country.

Grumpy Old Man: If so, the event represents the intrusion of foreign ethnic and religious conflicts into our country, and may be a warning sign of potential radical Islamic violence in this country.

Powerpundit: Islamist jihadists demonstrate once again that they have no tolerance for dissenting views, and that brutal violence is their preferred form of argument.

The View from the Nest: Well, then the people in charge of Mecca must not be Muslims! Why? Because they seem to think that slitting the throats of uppity Christians is a fine idea.

Others: Jihad Watch, Cranky Neocon, The Conservative Voice, House of Wheels, Tim Blair, Senescent Man, Californian Sojourn, Small Dead Animals, Kommentariat, Carnivorous Conservative, Powerline, Ed Driscoll, Sheep Dog Blog, Relapsed Catholic,

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