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Egypt’s Muslims to act as human shields to protect Coptic Easter prayers
Fearing that Egypt's Coptic community may be at risk as sectarian tensions grow, Muslims plan to act as human shields during Easter prayers
Ahram Online, Friday 22 Apr 2011
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Solidarity in front of a Heliopolis Church
Solidarity in front of a Heliopolis Church on January 7 following attacks targeting Two Saints Church on New Year's Eve.

Several Facebook groups and event invitations have been circulating calling on Muslims to head to churches on Saturday and Sunday to act as human shields for Coptic prayers during Easter holidays.

Considering the latest sectarian tensions and hate speech that have hit the country, especially after the mass demonstrations witnessed at Qena demanding the resignation of the governor for being a Christian, many fear that Egypt’s Coptic community may be at risk.

Muslims have before turned up in droves for the Coptic Christmas mass, offering their bodies and lives as “shields” to protect Egypt’s Christian community following the terror attacks that struck the country on New Year’s Eve, targeting the Two Saints Church in Alexandria and leaving 21 dead.

Similarly, during Egypt's revolution, Christians in Tahrir Square acted as human shields to protect praying Muslims as the demonstrators were threatened by attacks from pro-regime thugs and snipers.





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James
24-04-2011 07:37pm
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Yes, really.
Kevin, I saw no acts of violence about the Ground Zero mosque. I saw people opposing a Islamic victory mosque built on the bodies of our fallen citizens. Sharia law has NO place in American law. Canon law doesn't have jurisdiction either. That is freedom of religion. We have it and Egyptian Copts don't.
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Kevin
23-04-2011 07:58pm
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Really?
@James, if you read the story, you will see that the muslims needed protection also during the protests. This is about violence, and not about freedom of religion. Additionally, in the United States, I fear for Muslims safety sometimes. Look at what happened with the "Ground Zero Mosque" (which wasn't at Ground Zero, nor was it a Mosque. Look at the irrational attacks on "Sharia Law" in various states. Do we really have freedom of religion?
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James
22-04-2011 08:42pm
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Protection?
In my country Muslims don't need protection during their prayers. So why do Christians need protection and from whom do they need protected? Why is there no Muslim majority nation in the world that has freedom of religion?
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