Although two of his brothers were among the 21 Coptic Christians killed in Libya, Beshir Kamel believes he owes gratitude to their killers. Kamel thanked ISIS because the group did not delete his brother’s announcements of their faith in the video that captured their murder, reported Christian Today.
Beshir discussed his views on a live prayer and worship program on the Christian channel SAT-7 ARABIC after he viewed the video showing the deaths of his brothers, 25-year-old Bishoy Estafanos Kamel and 23-year-old Samuel Estafanos Kamel.
“[They were] a badge of honor to Christianity,” said the grief-stricken man.
In expressing his thanks to ISIS, Kamel declared that he feels his own religious faith is now stronger, and that other families also have positive feelings.
“We are proud to have this number of people from our village who have become martyrs,” said Kamel.
“Since the Roman era, Christians have been martyred and have learned to handle everything that comes our way. This only makes us stronger in our faith because the Bible told us to love our enemies and bless those who curse us.”
The Islamic State captured the men in December of 2014 and January of 2015. Addressing the air strikes that the Egyptian government launched, Kamel clarified why he believes they were justified.
“Only the length of the time period when we didn’t know where they were justified the air strikes for us. If they had been martyred on the same day they were kidnapped, we wouldn’t have asked for any retaliation.”
On the topic of forgiveness, Kamel recalled what his mother told him if she viewed one of those who murdered her sons.
“My mother, an uneducated woman in her sixties, said she would ask [him] to enter her house and ask God to open his eyes because he was the reason her son entered the kingdom of heaven.”
In addition, Beshir accepted an invitation to pray for those who killed his brothers.
“Dear God, please open their eyes to be saved and to quit their ignorance and the wrong teachings they were taught,” he said.
Addressing the murders and video showing 21 Coptic Christians beheaded on a beach in Libya, Pope Francis termed the victims “martyrs,” reported CNN.
Bishop Angaelos, general bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the U.K., however, says that he has forgiven the soldiers who committed those murders.
“As a Christian and a Christian minister I have a responsibility to myself and to others to guide them down this path of forgiveness. We don’t forgive the act because the act is heinous. But we do forgive the killers from the depths of our hearts. Otherwise, we would become consumed by anger and hatred. It becomes a spiral of violence that has no place in this world,” stated the Bishop.
Offering another perspective, though, has been activist Russell Brand, who questioned the relationship between the United States and United Kingdom versus ISIS, as shown below.
As the Inquisitr reported, Brand also was an outspoken defender of Bruce Jenner with regard to the tabloid who photoshopped Jenner’s face to make him look like a woman.
“This is bullying. Stop! Bruce Jenner is a human being!” urged Brand.
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