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September 19th, 2012
04:21 AM ET

Egypt charges Coptic Christians linked to infamous video

By CNN's Ed Payne and Saad Abedine

Egyptian authorities have charged seven Coptic Christians living in the United States and a Florida pastor with insulting Islam and inciting sectarian strife for their alleged links to an online video that has enraged much of the Muslim world.

Egypt's public prosecutor announced the charges Tuesday, the latest development in the deadly backlash against the low-budget, amateurish 14-minute movie trailer produced privately in the United States and posted on YouTube.

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- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Coptic Church • Egypt

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  1. STwulf

    dear rebecca,please pray that GOD will send me the wisodm of king solomon in my life NOW!!!also please pray that OD will send all his holy angel's into my life NOW to help me!!! also please pray that GOD will open up the window's of heaven and pour out a financial blessing into my life NOW that is so huge that i won't be able to recieve it all!!! thank you and GOD bless you sincerely BOB

    November 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
  2. mama kindless

    It's really best for all people including children to have an agnostic approach to god, and an atheistic approach to all religion. It keeps things simple for kids, and lets them be all that they can be. They just need to be taught that some things, like all religion, were just made up by salesmen and politicians from long ago. (Yes, charlatan folklore and spam started long before the Bible; what would make you think they hadn't?) And they need to be taught that other things, like God, we really don't know a damn thing about.

    Atheists have strong minds and don't need a religion. Many religious folk have the best intentions. But too often, religious folk run and hide their misdeeds within their religion (and by doing so, they disserve society). And too often, religious folk are easily offended when someone mocks their make-believe characters – and, as we can see they can get really CRAZY!

    Although there are many religious folk with good intentions – some selflessly helping others, religions and religious organizations are, as a whole, just big old clubs – each trying to out do each other and inspiring hate and division (often disguised as love) along the way. The problem is that people too easily buy into religion and don't realize how unfounded it all is. And when they buy into it, they buy into a lot of really old, really weird tenets that are nothing but harmful for the human species.

    Take Christianity, for instance. Just look at all the things that Christians argue about amongst themselves today – abortion, men's and women's roles in the church, celibacy, contraception, acceptance of gays, etc. Most of these issues have their roots in the conflicted, unfounded tenets of early Christianity. Non-Mormons harp on Joseph Smith these days. But we really don't have any more proof at all to believe that Paul, the self-proclaimed "apostle" was anything more than an ordinary man who needed to make up religious "sales literature" to survive and spread his own personal beliefs. And yet a good chunk of the NT is attributed to Paul and accepted by many Christians. And a lot of what he wrote about has to do with many of the issues I mentioned above that have Christians fighting amongst themselves hundreds of years later. It's way too unfounded to argue over.

    Get a good cup of tea, and sit down and collect your thoughts. If you find it helpful to pray to a god (something you know nothing about), fine. But it is really healthier for the mind to leave behind all the characters that people over the centuries have invented or given powers to, for which there is little or no foundation. Because with those invented characters and powers – that's where division and hate join the little party in your mind. That's where, in your mind, you are inheriting the division and hate from ordinary politicians, lobbyists and salesmen from long ago. My goodness.

    mama kindless

    September 20, 2012 at 9:22 am |
  3. 52years

    IIf you squeeze an orange you get orange juice. If you squeeze a lemon you get, well my point
    iis our anger is ours. We own it. No one can make me mad. No one can make me angry enough
    to kill. Which is the greatest sin. If I see someone do something I disagree with, it doesn't change
    tthem from one of Gods children into someone to be punished. I will leave the judgement and punishment
    to God. I have watched Orthodox Religion of all faiths call upon the "will of God" or rationalize religious violence
    because of something that was said or written. The children of any god, should know better!

    September 20, 2012 at 8:26 am |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things
    Proven again

    September 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • Jesus

      Proven wrong again. Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!`

      September 19, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • hall 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. The degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements is 0.0. To help you understand the degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements, I will access my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE). Using my IEE module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements is: "TOTAL FAIL, DUDE".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      September 19, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
  5. Lara

    if their 'god' was so powerful, why do they have to avenge it with brutal violence? can he take care of himself? there is only one personage that loves to shed blood, and it is not God. but all who follow wrath and murder follow the voice of God's enemy. and all who follow and are quck to shed blood and always devicing schemes and hatred and quick to attack nations are being deceived the the father of lies, who is always the only one behind lies and murder. he started in the garden of Eden trying to derail God's plan for humanity. He continus today in this world as its master.

    God has spoken. NO BLOOD only FORGIVENESS saves one's life for the next one. How many times do we forgive? 77 x 7
    It is not God who leads masses t o go murder and attack and cause all manner of rebellion. But it is the father of rebellion. The one who is at enmity with Christ since Heaven and the beginning of all things. That rebel is in charge of those who act like him and go kill in the name of religion. That includes Christians who kill i n the name of Christ. That includes anybody who demands 77 virgins as their rewards instead of the awesome joy that the presence of te true God is and will be like.

    TEST THE SPIRITS for by doing so you will find who is God and who is not.

    September 19, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Justice is vengeance by hindu Judaism self center ism of a hindu, criminal, hindu criminal deserves nothing less than his hinduism, crime, A hindu criminal disrespecting other's, does not deserve any respect, drag these hindu's out from their save house and give them what they deserve to make other hindu's, denires of truth absolute think twice before they act upon on a hindu criminal plot. Why hindu deniers of truth absolute french of hindu pagan Persian heritage hate Muslim's and Islam, Why this carnage, why west is persistent on hindu Judaism, criminal self center ism ? please visit http://www.limitisthetruth.com/ and click on word Choice to open file, to learn true causes of mayhem among humanity,

      September 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  6. Stating the obvious

    Perhaps they should realize that it is the behavior of Muslims that really insults Islam.

    September 19, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  7. Neesie ^3

    In the bible the church is compared to a bride.

    The apostle Paul plainly and repeatedly refers to the congregation of saints as the wife of Christ in Ephesians 5:23-32, and he told the believers in Corinth that his goal was to present them on Judgment Day "as a chaste virgin to Christ

    The imagery and symbolism of marriage is applied to Christ and the body of believers known as the church. These are those who have trusted in Jesus Christ as their personal savior and have received eternal life. In the New Testament, Christ, the Bridegroom, has sacrificially and lovingly chosen the church to be His bride (Ephesians 5:25-27).

    Unrelated but more interesting: mandatory celibacy for priests unscriptural

    –That is, "They will depart from the faith through the hypocritical teaching – of those who forbid to marry;" see notes on 1 Timothy 4:2. This does not necessarily mean that they would prohibit marriage altogether, but that it would be a characteristic of their teaching that marriage would "be forbidden," whether of one class of persons or many. They would "commend" and "enjoin" celibacy and virginity. They would regard such a state, for certain persons, as more holy than the married condition, and would consider it as "so" holy that they would absolutely prohibit those who wished to be most holy from entering into the relation. It is needless to say how accurately this applies to the views of the papacy in regard to the comparative purity and advantages of a state of celibacy, and to their absolute prohibition of the marriage of the clergy. The tenth article of the decree of the Council of Trent, in relation to marriage, will show the general view of the papacy on that subject. "Whosoever shall say that the married state is to be preferred to a state of virginity, or celibacy, and that it is not better and more blessed to remain in virginity, or celibacy, than to be joined in marriage; let him be accursed!" Compare Peter Dens' Moral Theology, pp. 497-500.
    Taken from Barnes’ explanation

    September 19, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      hinduism, absurdity from book of hindu Mithra ism, pagan savior ism labeled as Christianity to hind, fool humanity, called bible.

      September 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  8. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    September 19, 2012 at 5:14 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. The degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements is 0.0. To help you understand the degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements, I will access my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE). Using my IEE module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements is: "TOTAL FAIL, DUDE".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      September 19, 2012 at 9:34 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      September 19, 2012 at 10:36 am |

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