Church bombing in Egypt inflames tensions

posted at 11:36 am on January 3, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The bombing of a Coptic church in Egypt has Christians protesting in the streets over the lack of security provided to religious minorities. The Church of the Two Saints bombing killed 21 and wounded 97, and was immediately followed by a pogrom aimed at Christians in the Alexandria area. This continues a string of attacks that began in November when rumors of a romantic relationship between a Christian man and Muslim woman arose. CNN reports on the aftermath of the bombing:

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.

“Why would my son or brother go to celebrate the mass by prayer, not by drinking or doing drugs or anything like that, but by praying in the church, and then this would happen to them at the church gate?” one worshipper said Sunday. “What religion or law, whatever it is, would approve what happened yesterday?”

For its part, the Egyptian government has remained mum on the motives of the bomber, claiming that the terrorism “hurt hearts of the Egyptians, Muslim and Coptics.” However, not all governments were as discreet, or even sane. Iran and its puppet front group Hezbollah in Lebanon have identified what they see as the real culprits (via Jeff Dunetz):

The fresh plot by terrorists to target churches is an organized Zionist scenario aimed at creating a rift between Muslims and Christians.

Following its intelligence and security failures in Egypt and the apprehension of a number of Mossad agents by Egyptian intelligence apparatus, the Zionist regime of Israel is set to exact vengeance on the Egyptian nation…..All the existing evidence proves that the Alexandria church explosion, though appearing to have been carried out by extremist groups, is the handiwork of the Israeli intelligence service Mossad.

And in Egypt, 22 lawyers publicly accused Israel of the crime as well:

A coalition of Egyptian lawyers accused Israel of being behind an terror attack in Alexandria that killed 22 members of the Christian Copt sect attending midnight mass on New Year’s eve, Army Radio reported Monday.

“The Mossad carried out the the operation in a natural reaction to the latest uncovering of an Israeli espionage network,” the lawyers accused at a rally in memory of the victims, organized by the Egyptian Bar Association, according to the report.

The bomber died in the blast, according to Egyptian officials, which would tend to rule out the Mossad, which doesn’t exactly have a track record of conducting suicide bombings. That distinction goes to the radical Islamists in the region, the same kind of terrorists (if not perhaps the same al-Qaeda brand) who bombed a Christian church in Baghdad not long ago.


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Islam: a psychic malignancy.

Akzed on January 3, 2011 at 11:39 AM

whoa. I have a friend whose father is a Christian missionary in Egypt. I’ll have to check in with her.

ted c on January 3, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Iran and its puppet front group Hezbollah in Lebanon have identified what they see as the real culprits

Ron Paul immediately cited these sources as factual and beyond reproach.

/

mankai on January 3, 2011 at 11:39 AM

That distinction goes to the radical Islamists in the region

Religion of peace. They’ll have peace someday, it’ll just be releasing the white doves of peace from atop a pile of Christians.

ted c on January 3, 2011 at 11:40 AM

The government security for the event fled just moments before the attack, pointing to foreknowledge of the event.

Coptic Christians are some of the most persecuted people on the planet. Their daughters and wives are kidnapped and forced into muslim slavery. The Egyptian government turns a blind eye to the abuse, and would be thrilled to see them all wiped off the face of the planet.

Vera on January 3, 2011 at 11:42 AM

The end result is that Muslims have to heal themselves. Impossible for anybody else. I don’t see them ever doing that.

ultracon on January 3, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Religion of peace. They’ll have peace someday, it’ll just be releasing the white doves of peace from atop a pile of Christians.

ted c on January 3, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Haven’t you heard?

He expressed his “profound respect for the great religions, particularly for Muslims, who worship the one God and with whom we are committed to defending and promoting together social justice, moral values, peace and freedom for all humanity.

;)

mankai on January 3, 2011 at 11:44 AM

mankai on January 3, 2011 at 11:44 AM

so peace and freedom come at the cost of a few hundred million murdered Christians? Some great moral values they’ve got there…./

ted c on January 3, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Oh no!!! Not the Joooooo’s again, it is always the Joooo’s…

I bought a half gallon of milk the other day, got home and the carton was leaking…found out, yes it took awhile, but I found out that one of the executives of the bottle plant was a Joooo…you see, it’s always those Jooo’s.

Just one little thought…one small anecdote, of all the terrorists captured, of all the terrorists caught setting off bombs in churches around the world, all the terrorists rioting and arrested…how many were Jews?

right2bright on January 3, 2011 at 11:54 AM

the POTUS rhetorically removes the Creator from his speeches, and his fellow lefty cohort thugtastic Muslim cairo speech loving buddies remove His followers from the planet.

related? nahhhh…./

ted c on January 3, 2011 at 11:55 AM

I’m surprised the news picked up on it. It’s only been going on 1,400 years. /s

Oil Can on January 3, 2011 at 11:56 AM

There is no such thing as radical islamists. There are practicing and non-practicing Muslims. The practicing Muslims carry out the words of the Koran by killing non-Muslims or supporting those who do.

GardenGnome on January 3, 2011 at 11:58 AM

The practicing Muslims carry out the words of the Koran by killing non-Muslims or supporting those who do.

GardenGnome on January 3, 2011 at 11:58 AM

that’s a great point.

ted c on January 3, 2011 at 11:59 AM

I guess the bomber who lost their life was the Muslims that Obama said died in the attack when he issued his condemnation.

Cindy Munford on January 3, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Time to send Obama back to Egypt, give another speech, I am sure that’ll calm things down. /

Of course, most in the Middle East recognize Obama as an apostate Moslem. And he is kinda busy at the moment, trying to reassert his “Christian” bona fides.

Now, about the Christians being murdered in Indonesia, and Pakistan, and other locales teaming with millions of members of the “religion of peace?” All part of the same Zionist plot?

coldwarrior on January 3, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Perhaps it was Egyptian Islamic Jihad

blatantblue on January 3, 2011 at 12:08 PM

blatantblue on January 3, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Renegade Hari Krishnas?

coldwarrior on January 3, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Those Muslim killers always want to blame the Jews.

“Islam is a ‘religion of peace’; Muslims are peaceful, peace-loving, warm and generous people; the Koran prevents Muslims from killing people of the book; Muslims were killed, er, injured in the blast only cuz of a mosque across the street.”—quoth Barry O, doncherknow!

SilentWatcher on January 3, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Christians, acting stupidly?

ted c on January 3, 2011 at 12:20 PM

When will the racist Christophobes in the Middle East be called out for the ugly bigots they are?

Aquateen Hungerforce on January 3, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Seriously, is it a prerequisite to be batpoop crazy to be a muslim or is it just that batpoop crazy people usually tend to be muslims?

It’s okay. It’s not about islam. islam isn’t the problem islam isn’t the problem, islam isn’t the problem.

My progressive friends have assured me the religion started by a lunatic mass murderer who loved kids way too much is, in fact, somehow a religion of peace.

TheBlueSite on January 3, 2011 at 12:26 PM

I expect murder and terrorism from the maggoty Islamists. What is appalling is O’Bozo declaring neutrality with his “both Christian and Muslim victims” BS.

Jaibones on January 3, 2011 at 12:28 PM

When will the racist Christophobes in the Middle East be called out for the ugly bigots they are?

Aquateen Hungerforce on January 3, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Logic fail. Everyone knows that only Christians, and, more specifically white American Christians, can only portray the attribute of “ugly bigotry” of which you spaketh./

ted c on January 3, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Seriously, is it a prerequisite to be batpoop crazy to be a muslim or is it just that batpoop crazy people usually tend to be muslims?

Seriously, it’s that the religion itself is so batpoop crazy. Add to that the risk of death if one tries to leave batpoop crazy land, and you have a recipe for trouble.

Vera on January 3, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Lets swap – American muslems for Coptic Christians.

Rebar on January 3, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Renegade Hari Krishnas?

coldwarrior on January 3, 2011 at 12:09 PM

lol!

blatantblue on January 3, 2011 at 12:36 PM

This could be the pilot for Perky Katie’s Muslim Cosby show

Bevan on January 3, 2011 at 12:41 PM

There is no such thing as radical islamists. There are practicing and non-practicing Muslims. The practicing Muslims carry out the words of the Koran by killing non-Muslims or supporting those who do.

GardenGnome on January 3, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Can you imagine what the world would be like now if the Brits had the same attitude toward the Indian Thugees that they and the Western world now have toward Islam? “Stangulations? Sure, that’s bad, but it is their culture, who are we to judge? And they are really very nice when you are traveling with them for the most part.”

AZfederalist on January 3, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Dang Norwegian Lutherans.

rbj on January 3, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Don’t forget the Christians killed on Christmas day in Nigeria … by ________ (fill in the blank).

Tony737 on January 3, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Everyone knows that only Christians, and, more specifically white American Christians, can only portray the attribute of “ugly bigotry” of which you spaketh./

ted c on January 3, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Make that white, male, heterosexual, American Christians.

MassVictim on January 3, 2011 at 1:01 PM

ted c on January 3, 2011 at 11:51 AM

I was being sarcastic… the quote is from one of HA’s heroes, but I’m not allowed to actually source the quote because quoting what somebody actually said or wrote is akin to “bashing” apparently.

mankai on January 3, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Under-reported story of the year… Christians just a-askin’ for it.

-Katie Couric

mankai on January 3, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Ed writes: Muslims blame …. guess who?

I haven’t read Ed’s post yet, but I’ll play “cover up the answer and guess”. The Jews? Just a guess! So I’ll go read the article now. Surprise me.

By the way. How about blaming Islam which even in its most benign and mainstream version treats Muslims as special and everyone else as second class, an attitude which directly contributes to the violent jihad we see so often. Christianity says, love your neighbor as yourself. Islam says, love your MUSLIM neighbor as yourself. Others, well, they can always become Muslim. Until then, they’re expendable.

When I see persecution of Christians and Buddhists, it makes me question a religion of love. It makes me question “love everyone as yourself”. It makes me question my faith.

Paul-Cincy on January 3, 2011 at 1:07 PM

If you haven’t already, check out these sites while you still can!

http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

http://barenakedislam.wordpress.com/

http://www.jihadwatch.org/

Akzed on January 3, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Haven’t you heard?

He expressed his “profound respect for the great religions, particularly for Muslims, who worship the one God and with whom we are committed to defending and promoting together social justice, moral values, peace and freedom for all humanity.“

Mankai, are you referring to that idiot Obama??? Hope he isn’t that vile.

And to Garden Gnome: they are ALL radical. Just read a few passages from that book of hate called the Koran. A Muslim is a Muslim and has been ordered to kill all nonbelievers. So, that’s that.

chai on January 3, 2011 at 1:42 PM

chai on January 3, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Not Obama. I’m sure many people recognize the quote… and are quite prepared to explain it away.

“The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims [not the Jews]; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day.”

mankai on January 3, 2011 at 1:49 PM

When your government wants you dead, you don’t have much chance of survival. True of middle-eastern Christians and the American economy.

Extrafishy on January 3, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Coptic Christians are some of the most persecuted people on the planet. Their daughters and wives are kidnapped and forced into muslim slavery. The Egyptian government turns a blind eye to the abuse, and would be thrilled to see them all wiped off the face of the planet.

Vera on January 3, 2011 at 11:42 AM

There used to be tons of Christians in the Arab world. This is a perfect illustration why they’ve been leaving over the last couple of generations.

Lebanon in particular has been watching Christians leave for the U.S.

tom on January 3, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Tolerant Islam. An oxymoron.

unclesmrgol on January 3, 2011 at 2:47 PM

And in Egypt, 22 lawyers Muslim Brotherhood troublemakers publicly accused Israel of the crime as well.

FIFY

Big John on January 3, 2011 at 2:49 PM

I don’t care what anyone else (read: Dhimmi’s) tries to shove into my head. They are deranged blood thirsty savage barbarians. Plain and simple. No amount of touchy feely politically correct appeasers will ever convince me otherwise. It’s just too darn obviously the truth, and that undeniable truth is reaffirmed every single day.

FlatFoot on January 3, 2011 at 2:54 PM

The practicing Muslims carry out the words of the Koran by killing non-Muslims or supporting those who do.

GardenGnome on January 3, 2011 at 11:58 AM
that’s a great point.

ted c on January 3, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Well worth repeating, over & over again.
And might I add even the ones who are even partially practicing islam are complicit in all of this murder & mayhem.
I agree Christianity has done some bad things in the past.
But I think we can also agree it is not the religion of satan that islam apparently is (please read the Koran for more information regarding that sentence).

Badger40 on January 3, 2011 at 2:54 PM

You know, the Christians there were kept safe by the brutal dictator running that country. We should never have invaded and toppled his regime.

Wait, this isn’t about Iraq? Oh.

Kafir on January 3, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Kafir on January 3, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Better the dictator you know than the one(s) you don’t.

Badger40 on January 3, 2011 at 3:28 PM

The fresh plot by terrorists to target churches is an organized Zionist scenario aimed at creating a rift between Muslims and Christians.

Aw, and I thought they’d just blame Bush. Again. For everything.Especially since he is, you know, a Christian.

And why is it we continue to give American $$$ to these countries that hate Christians/us/sane people? It isn’t like we could afford it or something.

IrishEyes on January 3, 2011 at 10:16 PM

It can’t be the Jews, they’re too scared of the Egyptians

http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/news/experts-al-qaeda-perpetrated-alexandria-church-bombings

Nafaa considers the bombing “an act of revenge” and denied speculation concerning Israeli involvement.

“Israel cannot resort to such violent actions, because it fears its relationship with Egypt,” he said.

Phoenician on January 4, 2011 at 1:45 AM

Btw, interesting how Egyptians talk about the Jews as if they’re a 3rd party. Not as if the Jews themselves were driven out of the country by force in the 1950s.

Phoenician on January 4, 2011 at 1:45 AM