Egypt’s Muslims attend Coptic Christmas mass, serving as “human shields”

“Muslims turned up in droves for the Coptic Christmas mass Thursday night, offering their bodies, and lives, as “shields” to Egypt’s threatened Christian community.

Egypt’s majority Muslim population stuck to its word Thursday night. What had been a promise of solidarity to the weary Coptic community, was honoured, when thousands of Muslims showed up at Coptic Christmas eve mass services in churches around the country and at candle light vigils held outside.

From the well-known to the unknown, Muslims had offered their bodies as “human shields” for last night’s mass, making a pledge to collectively fight the threat of Islamic militants and towards an Egypt free from sectarian strife.

“We either live together, or we die together,” was the sloganeering genius of Mohamed El-Sawy, a Muslim arts tycoon whose cultural centre distributed flyers at churches in Cairo Thursday night, and who has been credited with first floating the “human shield” idea.”

Whatever criticism can be leveled against the violent teaching found in the Koran, it is extremely important to not lump all people into one box, regardless of the “group”. People are individuals and there are good people in every group.

We do not – do not – hate Muslims. We object to some of the teachings of Islam and we will not abide its aggressive, oppressive actions, but many, many Muslims are good, kind people.

The problem is that the good, kind Muslim people are effectively irrelevant in counteracting the aggressive, violent individuals, and the world needs to find a way to stop the expansion of that oppressive, violent strain of Islamists.

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