Egyptian Copts and Muslims Clash over Church Attacks

April 22, 2006

By Erick Stakelbeck
Washington Terror Analyst

CBN.com – WASHINGTON – Last week, a Muslim man wielding a knife stormed three Coptic churches in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. He killed one Christian and wounded 16 more.

The incident has galvanized Egyptian Christians, including those in the United States, and has sparked angry protests from the city’s Coptic Christian community. Muslims — and, according to some accounts, the Egyptian police — have responded with violence against the Copts.

This anti-Christian mayhem is nothing new in Alexandria. In October, Muslims attacked churches there for allegedly distributing a DVD that they said offended Islam.

Today in Washington, a group of Egyptian Christians said they have had enough.

Egypt’s Copts are the largest Christian community in the Middle East. But for years, they have faced persecution from Muslims and even the Egyptian government. They are here at the White House today to draw attention to their plight.

“We’re trying to get out a message that we’re just sick and tired of the inaction by the Egyptian government, as far as dealing with these terrorists…Churches have been burned, people have been killed, and homes and businesses destroyed, so we are just here to say that we’ve had enough,” said Michael Meunier, president of the U.S. Copts Association in Washington.

Muslims at the rally said they too are fed up with the treatment of Egyptian Christians–and hope their brothers in the Middle East are listening.

“I am not from Egypt, I am from Saudi Arabia,” said Ali Al-Ahmed of the Saudi Institute, “and I think it is not only my duty, but the duty of all Muslims and all Arabs, to protect the rights of their neighbors — Christians or Muslims or any minorities.”

But a number of protestors told CBN News that in the end, pressure on Egypt’s government from the Bush administration and the U.N. may be the only way to truly empower Egypt’s Christians.

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3 Responses to “Egyptian Copts and Muslims Clash over Church Attacks”

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  2. dr miltown Says:

    I want to address the passage from the above article:

    “I am not from Egypt, I am from Saudi Arabia,” said Ali Al-Ahmed of the Saudi Institute, “and I think it is not only my duty, but the duty of all Muslims and all Arabs, to protect the rights of their neighbors — Christians or Muslims or any minorities.”

    I have carefully studied the Holy Qur’an, and as much of the Hadeeth that I could find. I have to tell you that my read of it does not include any form of tolerance towards infidels. There is no form of brotherly love for those outside of the world of Islaam.

    There is al takiyya, however. That is the doctrine of protection by lying, especially for the faith. It is even a way, when the lying is done for Islaam, to assist one in gaining Paradise. So saying what the infidel needs to hear, in order for the Muslim to gain the advantage, is a culturally laudable behavior. Hence the above passage.

  3. me Says:

    al-taqiyya is only used in times when someone feels their life is threatened

    ali al-ahmed’s life wasn’t threatened


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