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BY ADNAN S. KHAN
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It is a Christmas season where the amount of security detail outnumbers the number of Christmas ornaments. The deadly January 1st bombing at a Coptic Church in Egypt is highlighting a great divide between Egyptian Muslims and Christians.
“Since the attack nightly protests by mostly Coptic Christians has spotlighted the struggle of their community for equal rights in this Muslim majority country. Copts are demanding the government address their grievances that include discrimination, restrictions on building churches and public incitement against the church.”
The BBC says not only are Christians in Egypt faced with issues of inequality but also ever-increasing violence. According to the BBC government officials and the media have downplayed the violence against the minority Copts for a long time.
“Every church we’ve tried to get into in Cairo today including St. Marks Cathedral we’ve been turned away from by large groups of plain-clothes policemen. The Egyptian authorities appeared to want to close this story down. To portray the bombing in Alexandria as an isolated criminal incident, but it isn’t.”
According to CNN, the Egypt case is made worse by the appearance of a ‘hit list,’ on an Islamic extremist Web site, which bears the names of numerous Coptic churches across the world. But CNN says there are signs of improvement in Muslim and Christian relations.
“An interesting case is also going on in the Netherlands. Three churches there were also on that would-be ‘hit list’. There are several Muslim organizations have banded together and have offered to protect Coptic Churches in the Netherlands.”
Muslims in Egypt have to decided to one-up their Netherlands brethren. Al-Ahram reports many Muslims, from politicians to actors, have banded together to form a ‘human shield’ in front of Coptic Churches.
“‘We either live together, or we die together,’ was the sloganeering genius of Mohamed El-Sawy, a Muslim arts tycoon … who has been credited with first floating the ‘human shield’ idea.”
No attacks have been carried out so far on any of the churches on the ‘hit list,’ says Al Jazeera
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