Saturday, January 08, 2011

Dispatch From the Religion of Peace

I am pretty quick to post when violence is propagated in the name of Islam. With that in mind, it's only fair to post when the opposite is true:
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.
Thank God, or Allah, for these kind, compassionate, and most of all brave Muslims. We need their numbers to grow, and they are a small sliver of hope in the middle east.


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