Egypt Islamists vow to protect churches on Orthodox Christmas


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Cairo – In a gesture of reassurance to Egypt’s Christian minority, Islamists said on Friday they would form ‘human shields’ to protect churches on the Coptic Orthodox Christmas due early next month.

The influential Muslim Brotherhood, who has made unprecedented gains in the first two rounds of Egypt’s parliamentary election, said on Friday it would set up groups to guard churches across the country during the Christmas festivities.

‘The decision to protect churches was made by the Muslim people who are keen to see Christmas celebrations held in peace and security,’ Muslim Brotherhood official Essam al-Erian told dpa. He added there had been no response from Coptic leaders.

The Copts, who are the majority among Egypt’s 10 million Christian population, celebrate their Christmas on January 6 and 7.

Egypt’s Christians accused the regime of former president Hosny Mubarak of not providing enough security for them and their places of worship.

Last January, 23 people were killed when a car bomb exploded outside a church in the Egyptian city of Alexandria.

Following the Brotherhood’s example, the Salafists, who observe a strict version of Islam, said on Friday they would also help guard churches.

‘Their protection is a religious and patriotic obligation. Islam requires us to protect whoever lives with us,’ Salafist leader Tariq al-Bitar was quoted by the independent Al Shorouk newspaper as saying on Friday.

He added that the Salafists would form ‘human shields’ to protect the churches on the Coptic Christmas.

Long oppressed under Mubarak, the Islamists are poised to be the majority in Egypt’s new parliament by the end of the third and final round of the polls due on January 3-4.

Pope Shanouda III of the Coptic Orthodox Church has invited members of the ruling military council and senior politicians, including the Salafists, to attend the Christmas mass on January 6, local media reported on Thursday.

The move, however, angered dozens of young Christians, who protested outside a main cathedral in Cairo late on Thursday.

Rami Kamel, a leading Coptic activist, said the invitation was hurting feelings of families of Christians killed in clashes with army forces in October. Twenty-seven people, mainly Christians, were killed in the clashes in central Cairo.

Christians are also worried that the rise of Islamists would curb their freedom of faith in post-Mubarak Egypt.

  1. #1 by B.A.Frémaux-Soormally on December 31, 2011 - 5:14 pm

    “In a gesture of reassurance to Egypt’s Christian minority, Islamists ..”

    “Islamists”???

    Where have all the MUSLIMS gone all of a sudden? There is no such thing as “Islamicst” except in the war propaganda book of the west and its acolytes.

    BAFS

  2. #2 by AlHind on December 31, 2011 - 5:43 pm

    Good.

    There are people trying to manipulate Islam to fight Christians so that we destroy each other.

  3. #3 by Adalberto Erazo on December 31, 2011 - 8:42 pm

    @ AlHind and Basheer

    I completely agree. Shame on that Rami Kamel for saying that inviting Muslims to protect the Church is hurting the feelings of families. He obviously has an agenda in fomenting divide and conquer tactics against Egypt. Perhaps he should be educated on Mohammed’s covenant to protect Christians.

  4. #4 by Llyn Kidner-Williams on December 31, 2011 - 9:24 pm

    Please stop calling me an Islamist. I AM A MUSLIM(A). I was born a Muslim and no Jew is going to make up a new name for what I am!!!! Unless, of course they wish to become Jewists, Yidists, etc. I can certainly come up with a few names for them that they certainly would not like at all. Zionists do not equal Islamists. Zionists have nothing to do with a Religion that includes God. Zionism has everything to do with an ideology that has everything to do with criminal acts, racism, prostitution, child abuse, female abuse, drug running, organ harvesting, in fact, Zion is home to the Jewish Mafia (called the Russian Maffia by the Jews) Jews never call their organizations by their own names.

    Whereas, Islam is a Religion that believes in one God. The same God as Christians (and Jews). We honour all of the prophets but we ESPECIALLY HONOUR MARIAM (MARY, THE MOTHER OF JESUS CHRIST (ISSA – in Aramaic and Arabic). In Islam we honour both as PROPHETS AND NO MAN OR WOMAN CAN DESERATE THEIR NAMES. We believe in everything that you do except that we believe that there was another PROPHET AFTER THE PROPHET ISSA, and his name was PROPHET MUHAMMED.

    The one religion of the three monotheistic religions born in Arabia Judaism, Christianity and then Islam, only one has now decided that Their G-d does not belong to anyone else and that they blame Mary and Jesus for all their problems and spit when hearing their names. In fact they refer to Jesus Christ as a homosexual and Mary as a whore and these are the Jews. YET THEY STILL LOOK TO THE EVANGELICALS IN THE WEST TO SEND MONEY TO THEM FROM THEIR CHURCHES WHILE THE EVANGELICAL LEADERS TAKE A CUT OUT OF THE “COLLECTION PLATE” AND GET FREE HOLIDAYS IN ISRAEL. SICK, SICK PEOPLE.

  5. #5 by ruby22shoes on January 1, 2012 - 2:18 am

    It seems that the Talmudnics change their family names often and it is not distressful.

    It seemed disrespectful of the Christians to refuse an offer of help, a good will gesture. Isn’t that an insult?

  6. #6 by Ingrid B on January 2, 2012 - 12:32 am

    The MB in Egypt appear to have good qualities, as do Hamas and Hezbollah. It makes it difficult to understand why the MB in Syria are so bloodthirsty..

  7. #7 by Naeem reply to ingrid b on January 2, 2012 - 5:18 pm

    Well syria has been anti zionist for a long time which means the dreaded saudi’s are not that far away to subvert the locals idiots who wanna create divisions. BUT egyptmb hamas and hezbullah were islamic groups who recieved no help from the saudi’s they knew who the saudi’s work for, what im saying is the saud’ s are the wolf who is in sheeps clothing . The ummah need to rid themselves of this parasite because their much mre dangerous than america or israel.

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