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Egypt Copts to protest against 'Islam insult' film

Egyptian Coptic Christian activists to hold vigil in front of US Embassy in Cairo on Wednesday in protest over film which insults Islam and the Prophet Mohamed

AFP, Wednesday 12 Sep 2012
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File Photo: A Muslim holding the Koran (top L) and a Coptic Christian holding a cross are carried through opposition supporters in Tahrir Square in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)
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Coptic activists in Egypt are to stage a vigil on Wednesday in protest against a film deemed offensive to Islam that sparked violence outside US missions in Egypt and Libya, they said in a statement.

The Maspero Youth Union (MYU) and the Coalition of Coptic Egypt condemned "all sorts of contempt or disdain against any religion, as well as to the sowing of sedition between people who embrace different religions," the statement said.

The MYU said it would be "holding a vigil tonight (Wednesday) in front of the US embassy in Cairo to protest against the film that insults Islam and the Prophet Mohammed."
The film at the centre of the controversy, which sparked the attack in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi that left one US State Department employee dead, was made by an Israeli-American, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Egypt, however, the perception in the media inflamed by fundamentalist Muslim preachers on satellite channels is that the film was made by Egyptian Copts living in the United States.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, the MYU said that "the Copts who took part in the production of the film in question are not representative of mainstream Coptic patriotism... these Copts neither represent Christianity or the Church, nor the Copts of the diaspora."

Father Hani Bakhoum, secretary of the Patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church Anba Antonius Nagib, told the weekly Al-Watani newspaper that members of the Patriarchs and Bishops Council of the Catholic Church "totally denounce all forms of disdain to religious symbols, a practice that contradicts the teachings of the Holy Bible which advocates love and respect for all."

The film is likely to put pressure on Egypt's Christian community, which makes up about 10 percent of the country's 82-million population.

Copts, who have regularly complained of discrimination and have been the targets of numerous sectarian attacks, have been nervous since a popular uprising ousted president Hosni Mubarak and brought Islamists to power.

The film at the centre of Tuesday's anti-US protests prompted an armed mob to attack the US mission in Benghazi, killing an official and wounding another.
The incident came after thousands of demonstrators tore down the flag at the American embassy in Cairo and replaced it with a black Islamic flag, similar to one adopted by several militant groups.

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Irie
13-09-2012 01:04am
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Insult to Islam?
As far as I see here in Egypt the only people insulting IsLam are the same people who is claiming Islam or fanatics of Islam. Why complain about Western Zionist and America when you people are worse? Actually most of you people of Islam are a big shame to your own religion, you all treat each other like animals, have no respect for each other while you all group people into classes. All this anger you people have, not just because of this film but for everything esle even simple everyday things speak volumes. Oh people of little faith that spend so much time praying what a waste of time! There are dirty people and children that need bathing, so many people with rotten teeth, so many knows not basic manners, please , thanks, excuse me, so many people dont even give thanks when they sit down to eat.. In the western world if you dont learn these things at home you learn these things in church. So, all you so religious people who is so upset about a film as if it is a person? go out
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hasim
13-09-2012 12:08am
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maude
you have no idea what you talk , the all avoid even mursi
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Maude
12-09-2012 06:36pm
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Sheep and disdainfull
Zionist and American Evangelical pastor fomenting hatred and sectarianism in Egypt. President Morsi should complain at Governement level! Western heads of Governements are blaming but avoiding responsability..
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