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Coptic journalist rips moderate Muslims for rising bigotry against Christians

Catholic World News - January 06, 2011

Writing in Al-Ahram-- a government-owned newspaper that is Egypt’s most popular-- Hani Shukrallah lamented the transformation of Egyptian society from a nation tolerant of Christians to an increasingly bigoted one in which a church bombing can take place.

Shukrallah, a Coptic Christian and a former editor of the paper, writes:

It is not easy to empty Egypt of its Christians; they’ve been here for as long as there has been Christianity in the world. Close to a millennium and half of Muslim rule did not eradicate the nation’s Christian community, rather it maintained it sufficiently strong and sufficiently vigorous so as to play a crucial role in shaping the national, political and cultural identity of modern Egypt.

Yet now, two centuries after the birth of the modern Egyptian nation state, and as we embark on the second decade of the 21stcentury, the previously unheard of seems no longer beyond imagining: a Christian-free Egypt, one where the cross will have slipped out of the crescent’s embrace, and off the flag symbolizing our modern national identity …

[M]ost of all, I accuse the millions of supposedly moderate Muslims among us; those who’ve been growing more and more prejudiced, inclusive and narrow minded with every passing year. I accuse those among us who would rise up in fury over a decision to halt construction of a Muslim Center near ground zero in New York, but applaud the Egyptian police when they halt the construction of a staircase in a Coptic church in the Omranya district of Greater Cairo.

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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Jan. 06, 2011 11:07 PM ET USA

    Shukrallah will be lucky if he is not harmed. Dare not say anything disparaging about Muslims.

  • Posted by: rpp - Jan. 06, 2011 1:39 PM ET USA

    "I accuse those who ... rise up in fury over a decision to halt construction of a Muslim Center near ground zero in New York, but applaud the Egyptian police when they halt the construction of a staircase in a Coptic church ... in ... Cairo." Finally, someone who gets it.

  • Posted by: MAG - Jan. 06, 2011 1:03 PM ET USA

    It's always been the objective of Islam to eliminate "infidels" from its lands.

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