Monday, January 03, 2011

They just don't play well with the others

The New Year's Day suicide bombing of a church that killed 21 people has opened up a vein of fury among Egypt's Christians, built up over years of what they call government failure to address persistent discrimination and violence against their community.

Christian protests spread to Cairo from the northern city of Alexandria where the attack took place. Late Sunday, riots erupted outside the cathedral-headquarters of the Coptic Church after the country's top Muslim religious figures and government officials met with Pope Shenouda III.

Protesters threw bottles and stones at riot police outside the cathedral, injuring 45 policemen, security officials said. Elsewhere, demonstrators threw stones at cars on two main highways, and hundreds marched in other parts of the capital, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press.

It's become fashionable to suggest that it's only some fringe Muslims engaging in terror activities but name a conflict in the world and there will be Muslims in the mix.

Uighurs in China, Buddhists in Nepal, Pakistan/Afghanistan, Hindus in India, Serbs/Croats/Albanians, Christians and Jews everywhere.

Outside of Northern Ireland where I believe most of the violence between Protestants and Catholics have subsided, I can't think of a area of conflict where Muslims aren't involved.

All this has me thinking about the great Duane Allman quote "After my sixth marriage failed, I started to wonder if it was me".

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