A petition aimed at Congress is seeking to expose President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton's alleged support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, a conservative Islamic group said to be endangering the lives of Christians in the Middle East with its influence on the new government.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's Freedom and Justice Party is closely tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is reportedly working toward establishing Sharia law in the country, which observers say threatens the religious liberties and even lives of those who are not Islamic.
"In fact, in his speech at his swearing-in ceremony on Friday, June 29, 2012, he promised to try to free the Egyptian-born militant Islamist, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, who was convicted of planning to attack other New York City landmarks after the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center," the petition states.
The letter, published on Petition2Congress and bearing no information as to who produced it, also claims that thousands of Christian minorities in the Middle East are being forced to flee their homes as the threat of radical Islam grows bigger. It also claims that in the first 10 days of this year's Ramadan, there have reportedly been eight big attacks on Christians in Egypt alone.
The petition goes on to list a number of recent instances in which Christians have been attacked or new laws have been signed oppressing their rights, such as a law signed on July 24 that bans Muslim drivers from transporting Coptic priests to their churches – The Christian Post was unable to verify this claim.
The petition, which to date has around 52 letters sent to Congress, points the figure at President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, who have said that religious freedom is the bedrock of the current administration. Critics see the U.S. government's cooperation with Egypt's new leaders as facilitating in direct threats to the rights of Christians in the Middle East.
"That's why we hold president Obama responsible for the erroneous direction of his foreign policy in the Middle East. Millions of powerless Christians will be seen as troublesome and unwelcome infidels, not just by 'extremists,' but by the government as well, which, as history teaches, can be the first step to genocide," the petition states.
It asks of Congress and the Senate to investigate more than $50 million sent to support President Morsi and his functions within the Muslim Brotherhood. It asks the administration to do more to stop the growth of the Islamist party in the Middle East, and it calls for U.S. embassies in the Middle East to provide asylum for all persecuted minorities, Christians in particular.