Things are not looking so good since a 78 year old Christian Copt was killed when three Muslims attacked two Churches in Alexandria on Friday. At the man’s funeral clashes broke out between Copts and Muslims as they attacked each other with sticks and stones (and apparently bones were broken).
The authorities say the killer was “mentally unstable” which I’m not buying but I suppose they’re learning a thing or two from the experts.
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood condemned the attacks as did the International Union of Muslim Scholars.
Bishop Johanna Nassif said some people are “plating the seeds of sedition.”
“We do want to leave any room for rumors and must reassure Egyptian (Coptic) expatriates about their brothers in the country,” he told IOL.
“We are now living in a global village where everything is open. These attacks would make expatriate Copts to feel that the atmosphere in Egypt is unhealthy and must be changed,” said Nassif. The bishop cautioned that some people might exploit the situation.
Bishop Ehab Samir warned against the exploitation of the attacks as a pretext to meddle in Egypt’s affairs. “There are no needs for expatriate Copts to urge foreign intervention,” he said.
Samir accused some people of playing the religious persecution card for personal gains.
“Some people dream of immigrating and use such pretexts to get immigration privileges. Such rumor-mongers are very dangerous people and only do harm to society.” [source]
This is depressing news indeed. I do consider this stupidity but I always wonder how far religion plays a role. At least compared to other things which I think stand out more with such conflicts such as social mentality and environments. Christians and Muslims seem to get along fine in a lot of Arab nations; Jordan for one.