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Copts return to scene of deadly bombing in Egypt
A woman mourns during Sunday Mass at the Church of the Two Saints in Alexandria, Egypt, which was bombed on Saturday.
January 3rd, 2011
10:43 AM ET

Copts return to scene of deadly bombing in Egypt

Emotional congregants returned to their church Sunday in Alexandria, Egypt, mourning the loss of fellow worshippers in a bombing a day earlier.

Inside the Church of the Two Saints, grisly reminders of the explosion - believed to be caused by a suicide bomber - remained as tearful worshippers lighted candles to honor the dead. Broken glass and debris littered the church's interior and portions of the walls were splattered with blood.

Outside, a heavy police presence guarded the church.

At least 21 people were killed and 97 others injured in Saturday's blast, which occurred shortly after midnight as Coptic Christians were attending services at the church, according to Egyptian government officials. Evidence indicates that a suicide bomber caused the blast, the country's interior ministry said Saturday, though witnesses reported seeing a car parked outside the church explode.

Read the full story here about how Copts returned to their bombed out church.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Africa • Belief • Christianity • Church • Egypt

soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Head Shaking Canadian

    I just want to share a quote from a television show.

    "Islamic extremist is to Islam as __________ is to Christianity."

    .... The Answer is the KKK. Moral of the story. You cannot judge a religion based on the actions of VERY small percentage of its followers.

    January 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • Evolved DNA

      But it can and should be judged on the actions of the majority.. i think we all agree the responses to these horrific acts of violence by the rest of Islam is totally lame. As an atheist i am appalled at the increasing undermining of society by all religious groups in the mane of their favorite myth.

      January 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
    • Gary

      KKK members do not seem to be as organized or as intelligent as extremist muslims. As an agnostic I group KKK as a cult religion same thing...brainwashed closed minded hateful group. ....Most religions even that are "peacefull" believe they are the chosen ones or the only ones going to heaven or the ones "God" prefers. Some religions believe you will rot in H_ell if you do not convert...Some use bombs,terrorism to please their God against "non believers" cults like KKK are nothing more than a narrow minded religious cult group.

      January 4, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • Reality

      Scroll up to the review of the USA et al's War on Terror and Aggression to include that being fought against koranic-driven and KKK et al induced terror.

      January 5, 2011 at 1:12 am |
  2. vince

    I hear alot about these suicide bombers not representing true Islam. Yet one has to look at what is linking all these muslims (and one has to emphasize that these are practicing muslims) from various countries and nationalities. To me what stands out in these bombings, whether Alexandria, Baghdad, New York, Lohore, Madrid, Mumbai etc. is the idea of Martyrdom. I think that one can argue, successfully, that Islam as it is widely interpreted, has within it a culture of Martyrdom from the very beginning (one simply has to look at the succession battles that caused the split between Sunni and Shia). There seems to be an emphasis placed on dying the good death of the martyr in defense of one's religion is - and usually this involves killing people. While one can argue what defense of religion means (ie is it appropriate to whack someone who simply tries to draw a cartoon of your dead religious leader vs. people who are actively attacking your family), I think it's harder to argue that it's ok to blow up people. Yet that is exactly what is happening - radical Islamic clerics are brainwashing these young people for their own power and prestige by having them believe they'll achieve martyrdom by taking down the enemy - whether that be a newspaper office that publishes something anti-Islamic, to worshipers leaving mosque or church that happen to believe something different than they do. If one believes in any of the Abrahamic faiths then all of them clearly state that is it for God alone to render judgement. Yet these clerics are convincing young people, beyond a shadow of a doubt (because if you doubt you would hesitate), that yes they are assured of heavenly rewards for these terrible acts of violence. What needs to happen is the mainstream clerics coming out and saying not only is it not correct that you will receive heavenly rewards for violence, but rather that your real reward is the fiery pits of hell - no chance of salvation EVER - cut off from family and friends for all eternity. We need to hear these voices from authority in Islam and we need to hear them LOUD.

    January 4, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  3. Mark from Middle River

    Egyptian Moslem ;" There are hundreds gathering by hospitals trying to donate their blood to the victims.Actually one of my Christian friends who was there told me that there were many Moslem's trying to donate their blood too . Maybe your media is not showing this but these scenes there."

    Egyptian: Ok, the days of Western Only media are over. There are news organizations and internet reporting from around the world, including in Egypt. I can not confirm but there is a rival news company called Aljazeera that is supposed to report from a Muslim standpoint. If what you and Methusalem are saying is true then instead of wasting our time just simply supply a link of a Muslim news organization to back up your claims of Muslim outrage.

    I might not always agree on how CNN runs things and their political slant on things but at least we have other rival news agencies, such as Foxnews, MSNBC and BBC so that we can pull from all four and get a good idea of what the truth in the news is. If what you are claiming is true, then Foxnews and MSNBC are in the same bed together, and most news educated folks know thats BS. What we wanna see is you both show us something or hit the road cause you are talking garbage.

    January 4, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  4. Methusalem

    Right after this tragic moment, the acursed liberal Western media is spreading its usual propaganda for the muslim cause:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12075931

    January 4, 2011 at 9:15 am |
  5. Reality

    Saving Christians from the Resurrection Con:

    From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

    Even now Catholic/Christian professors of theology are questioning the bodily resurrection of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

    To wit;

    From a major Catholic university's theology grad school white-board notes:

    "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
    Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

    Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

    Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

    The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

    Only Luke's Gospel records it. The Assumption ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies."

    "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."
    http://eternal-word.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP2HEAVN.HTM

    The Vatican quickly embellished this story with a lot CYAP.

    Of course, we all know that angels are really mythical "pretty wingie talking thingies".

    With respect to rising from the dead, we also have this account:

    An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue,

    "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."

    So where are the bones? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

    January 4, 2011 at 8:05 am |
  6. Reality

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    January 4, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  7. Proverb

    Brothers & Sisters in Eqypt,

    Words fail to express my deep sorrow. Please remember that you are not alone. I know that many Christians around the world feel your pain. We stand by you- through our prayers against Satan, his wiles and those who follw him, though our thanksgiving to God who strengths you and through tangible support which will shown in many ways.

    To the enemies of the Cross, your lives are cheap. To the True God, "precious is the death of His saint". The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Gospel. Now is the time for steadfast faith and unwavering proclamation of our faith. Put on your spiritual armour, fight the good fight of faith and having done all- stand and hold your ground. We are in the battlefield with you.

    The True God declares "Vengence is Mine. I will repay". Justice will come from God. Be not discouraged. Do not give in to dispair.

    From a non-American Evangelical

    January 4, 2011 at 7:28 am |
  8. SyreaDea

    In the last years many attacks happened in the Middle East against Christians but I've never heard any muslim leader or imam talked against the terrorism and no one of them talked to their people: "Finish these actions because this is against the islam!"
    To tell honestly I am not against the Islam and I believe in God in according to every religion. The sad things that the government in Egypt never do anything against the attack. This is not a private zone in Egypt's live because in the XXIst century this is not acceptable to make any discrimination because of different religion. I have many muslim friends and christians also. All of them live in peace and we never judge each other because of the religion.
    By the way if most of muslims live in peace with the christians and they are against the terrorism ... Muslims never protest against the terrorism and demanded the government to take stronger anti-discrimination laws and to act decisively, if any of the people subject to discrimination. In their eyes the terrorism is not exist or the discrimination is a normal thing?

    January 4, 2011 at 7:11 am |
  9. Egyptian Moslem

    In Alexandria and many Egyptian cities there are marches condemning what happened and terrorism in general. The slogan of these Egyptians is "The cresent will always be by the side of the Cross" . There are hundreds gathering by hospitals trying to donate their blood to the victims.Actually one of my christian friends who was there told me that there were many moslems trying to donate their blood too . Maybe your media is not showing this but these scenes there.

    January 4, 2011 at 6:52 am |
  10. Mark from Middle River

    Gary : "When I see a group of Muslims chanting against Muslim terrorists I will be surprised."

    I think we have seen that before Gary, when its Muslim on Muslim. Now maybe when we see Muslims chanting when another group is attacked that is not connected to Islam.... then it will be a very welcome site. The sad thing is that CNN and Foxnews will trot out some lone Islamic scholar who will mumble how the bulk do not support terrorist, and I believe the bulk do not.

    The message I wish someone would take back to the News media to stop showing us the one lone Muslim and think we will be satisfied with it. I am a bit with Gary, I want to see the crowds of Muslims marching.

    January 4, 2011 at 1:10 am |
  11. Reality

    Our War on Terror and Aggression:

    An update (or how we are spending or how we have spent the USA taxpayers’ money to eliminate global terror and aggression)

    The terror and aggression via a Partial and Recent Body Count

    1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

    1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

    2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

    3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat98,691 – 107,707
    Iraqi civilians killed as of 11/9/2010, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and
    defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

    4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

    5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

    6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

    7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

    8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

    9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

    10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902 killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

    11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

    12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

    13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

    14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

    15) Followed by the daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings every day in the terror world of Islam.

    16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

    17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

    Other elements of our War on Terror and Aggression:

    -Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat, 97,172 – 106,047 Iraqi civilians killed as of 8/10/2010 mostly due the Shiite and Sunni suicide bombers.

    – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902 killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

    – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

    – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

    – Libya has become almost civil. Recently Libya agreed to pay $1.5 billion to the victims of their terrorist activities. Apparently this new reality from an Islamic country has upset OBL and his “cra-zies” as they have thre-atened Libya. OBL sure is a di-sgrace to the world especially the Moslem world!!! Or is he???

    – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

    – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

    – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

    – Bin La-d-en has been cornered under a rock in Western Pakistan since 9/11.

    – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols will follow soon.

    – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

    – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

    – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.

    – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.

    – And of course the bloody terror brought about by the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

    January 4, 2011 at 12:11 am |
  12. Gary

    evolved DNA...you nailled it. If most Muslims are outraged over terrorism why do they not speak out. 911,all the bombs in all the countries and all we here is Islam is a religion of peace. I am also outraged by the comments about buying into western mainstream media...The media loves Islam. The media will not allow us to profile @ airports. The media dosnt want terrorists to be called terrorists. Every time a bomb goes off which is ALL THE TIME, rational thinkers question the intensions of muslims. I have seen muslims marching and chanting against Isreal and the west in many countries. When I see a group of Muslims chanting against muslim terrorists I will be surprised.

    January 3, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
  13. aaron

    I guess some extremists who got sick and tired of thousands of their fellowmen being blown to pieces in Iraq & afghanastan finally reacted. We see pictures of burned girls in this tragedy, yet every day in Pakistan, Afghanastan and Iraq this happens daily from US forces doing it, and the extremists.

    Welcome to the war. It really doesn't matter who started it, it matters how we resolve the conflict. It would appear the military solution is not working – big surprise.

    January 3, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
    • Gary

      Aaron I agree fully, We bring our brave troops home now. Close our boarders to middle easterners and allow the Peaceful muslims live in peace with each other in harmony. Just like the peaceful sunnis and peacefull loving shiiets and the peacefull iraqis just trying to make peace with old Iraq which is now peaceful Kuwait. Then all the peaceful lebonese and peaceful palestinians can make peace with the evil war mongering isrealis

      January 3, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  14. Egyptian Moslem

    I am an Egyptian moslem and I feel terrible about what happened .I have many Christian friends and we never hated Christians.Actually Islam is based on peace, love ,and tolerence. Those terrorists have nothing to do with islam . They are a minority. the majority of moslems who understand Quan properly would never accept such a horrendous act.When Prophet Mohamed returned to Mecca triumphanly, he had all the power to pay back for all the mistreatment and torture the Meccans did to him . On the contrary he didnot attack anyone and he gave them the freedom to choose their religion.He also accepted the jews to live with moslems peacefully. People who are attacking Islam should read first the teachings of islam and not be subjective.

    January 3, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • Evolved DNA

      Egyptian Moslem.. then speak out loudly with all the others who are outraged by this. If Islam is the peaceful religion you claim it to be organize marches and demand that the imans stop infecting young minds with hate... I can hear the silence..

      January 3, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  15. CatholicMom

    I have tried several times to write my feelings and no words are adequate…I want these people who are suffering to know that our hearts are breaking also….

    January 3, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • marmar

      CatholicMom, I am Coptic and I truly appreciate your sympathy, and I am sure all the families who are suffering in Alexandria do also! Please pray for our church and for the salvation of those who persecute us. May everyone see the truth and believe!

      January 3, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
  16. HotAirAce

    A member of the congregation seems to think it was the work of muslims, while the local head charlatan (bishop) seems to think it was not. I don't usually subscribe to conspiracy theories but do wonder if the top dog charlatan has sent word to the lower ranks to "make nice-nice" with the compet-it ion.

    January 3, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • marmar

      the bishop was probably trying to protect the safety of the people since an accusation by a member of the higher ranks in the church would cause more problems. Please keep in mind that Coptics through out Egypt have dealt with discrimination on a daily basis and even the Egyptian government hears of the discrimination and do nothing to protect Coptics!

      January 3, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
  17. Reality

    No doubt another act of terror instigated by some brainwashed imam ranting and raving in some mosque five times a day!!!

    Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity by the "bowers", kneelers" and "pew peasants" will hopefully in the near future converge these religions into some simple rules of life. No koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired. Ditto for houses and classes of "worthless worship" aka mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples or synagogues.

    January 3, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  18. Matty

    Just an example of the religion Islam really is. In Egypt you have to carry an ID card. On that card is noted your religion. If you are a Coptic Christian, as noted on that card, you will find doors shut that are opened for Muslims. If you are a Egyptian-Muslim and you marry a Jew, you lose your citizenship. They say that 99 percent of Muslims are good people. I don't believe that because they sit back and watch, giving tacit approval to the abuses their religion commits. Islam is a terrible example to follow. Jesus said to spread the word by love, Mohammad said to spread the word by the sword.

    January 3, 2011 at 11:13 am |
    • Another Egyptian Muslim!

      I really feel sorry for you, Matty. You are such an example of a brainwashed guy by the main stream media. In Egypt, Christians make sure to have their CROSS visible in their wrists & necks as it guarantees for them better treatment from Muslims and Chrisitians! yes, I mean it, Muslims never wrong Christians or look at them as "others". Actually, the Christian leaders and Pops are well respected from every body more than the elderly people!
      Regarding the funny point about ID, why do you think Americans have their gender M or F being written in their IDs? does this mean gender discrimination? In Egypt, religion is just another piece of personal information that's being mentioned in the ID.
      Btw, Islam is the religion of 25% of the people on this planet whether you like it or not (and growing!). Do yourself a favor and read some basic information about the beloved prophet and his wonderful and peaceful teachings, hopefully, you might catch some of his mercy that Allah (God) has sent to the humanity.

      January 3, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      It would appear that citizenship is not stripped away automatically and it is likely that none has been stripped to date – see http://jonathanturley.org/2010/06/06/egyptian-court-upholds-ruling-stripping-citizenship-from-men-who-marry-israeli-woman/.

      You will see there and in other articles that a court says that citizenship may be stripped, but it's up to the government to do that, but the government has been resisting doing so.

      Sounds like some "extremists" got control of a court, but the government is more "middle of the road."

      January 3, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
    • samar

      Please stop judging Islam , a complete religion having its fundementals, rituals and values, by extremists. Extremists do not represent Islam...Same terrorist attacks can be cause by extremists of any religion. Islam is a tolerant religion ... We beleive in god and all prophets : Moises, Jesus and Mohammed ...

      January 4, 2011 at 6:03 am |
    • Matty

      I've seen examples of the "wonderful, beloved, peaceful, tolerant" cult that is Islam. It is a worthless, depressing, repressive example of humanity at it's worst.

      January 4, 2011 at 8:16 am |
    • Coptic

      http://areyousureitisafact.blogspot.com/2011/01/open-letter-to-president-barack-obama.html

      January 8, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
    • A copt living in Egypt

      Stop lying!!
      Your muslim games will no longer work now...
      Islam has shown its true face...
      and the truth we and our ancestors were continuously terrorized to be silent on, we shall hide it no longer, and will expose it to the whole world...

      Why is Islam the only religion with extremists? No religion...and I say no religion other than Islam incites its followers for violence...No single one on earth commits crimes in the name of his religion except Muslims.
      Not all muslims are terrorists, but for sure ALL terrorists are MUSLIMS.

      Copts for sure have a far worse treatment than Muslims...
      Copts suffer to build or even repair a church...Copts are targeted at violence and culprits never punished..Copts are not allowed high posts, and have to suffer a daily exhibition of Islam in every aspect of their life...
      Everywhere you go, you must hear a loud Quran playing. Even in the dawn we must suffer your nasty microphones in every corner in Egypt...

      Islam is a plague, and the world knows now!

      January 9, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
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