Sunday, October 9, 2011

Muslims and Coptic Christians Clash

It was bound to happen.

Nobody should be surprised that after President Honsi Mubarak left office, there would be a struggle, sometimes ugly,  to fill the resulting power vacuum. 

Extremism is not the sole province of Muslims. Scapegoating is a  tradition shared all over the world throughout history.

12 dead in Egypt as Christians and Muslims clash

CAIRO — Clashes between Muslims and Coptic Christians in a Cairo suburb left 12 people dead, dozens wounded and a church charred in one of the most serious outbreaks of violence Egypt’s interim rulers have faced since taking power in February.

The unrest began Saturday night in the Imbaba district northwest of Cairo, as a mob of hard-line Muslims attacked the Virgin Mary church. A separate group of youths also attacked an apartment building several blocks away, residents said.

The assaults were the latest agitation triggered by allegations that Copts have held women against their will because they intended to convert to Islam.

FULL STORY-Washington Post

An accusation which the Christians deny.

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