Sunday, January 09, 2011

Muslim "Human Shield" Defends Coptic Christians From Terorism

[Ready for a little GOOD News?]

Thousands of Egyptian Muslims Show Up as "Human Shields" to Defend Coptic Christians From Terrorism

by: Zaid Jilani ThinkProgress Report

On New Year’s Day, a devastating terrorist bombing at a Coptic church in Egypt killed 21 people and injured 79 others. Although the identity of the culprits was not known, it was assumed that they were Muslim extremists, intent on targeting those they saw as heretics. Religious tensions immediately rose in the country, and angry Copts stormed streets, battled with police, and even vandalized a nearby mosque. The riots and heightened tensions between the Muslim and Coptic communities was likely what the terrorists wanted — to divide the Egyptian community and create sectarian strife between different religious groups.

Yet by Coptic Christmas Eve, which took place Thursday night in Egypt, things had changed completely. As Egyptian Copts attended mass at churches across the country, “thousands” of Muslims, including “the two sons of President Hosni Mubarak,” joined them, acting as “human shields” to protect from terrorist attacks by extremists.

The Muslims organized under the slogan “We either live together, or we die together,” inspired by Mohamed El-Sawy, an Egyptian artist.

Read the rest here.

1 comment:

Just A Dude said...

Great blog. I'm actually a gay Coptic Christian, trying to represent the voices of "our kind" within the coptic community. Please pray for our people who are suffering persecution in Egypt. Check out my blog if you like: