Now, we trust every man, woman, and child in America will forever remember where they were yesterday when word came of Charlie Sheen’s firing. It was top news even outside of the U.S. media.
Meanwhile, Copts in Egypt entered into a second day of protests (according to Reuters) after the massive, savage attack on a church by thousands of Muslims shouting “Allahu akbar,” over a relationship between a Muslim woman and a Christian man. They protested in front of the state television building, where heaven knows if they had any chance of being seen by people with cameras, it would be there.
Predictably, the Western mainstream media has been virtually silent on Christian protests in Egypt. Acknowledging them — acknowledging the systematic, centuries-old victimization of the Christian minority at the hands of the Muslim majority — would upset the accepted, tidy, storybook narrative of an Egyptian revolution built on interfaith cooperation. It would tarnish a feel-good story out of the Muslim world, and the media are loath to let that pearl of great price roll away.
“Egypt’s prime minister meets Christian protesters,” by Ahmed Aleiba for Reuters, March 7:
Prime Minister Essam Sharaf joined some 1,000 Christian protesters on Monday evening, who welcomed him but refused to talk to him before the Helwan governor resigns.
Egyptian Christians protested on Monday after a church was set on fire on the outskirts of Cairo, the latest sectarian flare-up in a country already facing political turmoil.
The army vowed to rebuild the church before Easter holidays, but the protestors say the governor of Helwan (south of Cairo) refuses to rebuild the church in its original location, and suggests another site outside the village.
Christians oppose this suggestion.
“We demand the resignation of Helwan governor,” said one of the protestors gathered in front of the state TV building.
Some Muslims also joined the crowd who gathered outside the state television building in central Cairo. Banners called for a unified law for worship buildings. Protestors say they won’t leave before our demands are met.
Witnesses and a security source said the church in Helwan was torched after a row sparked by a romantic relationship between a Christian man and a Muslim woman.
Christians say many muslims saved and protected priests when the blaze was started. “But there were others, some unknown, who attacked the Muslims who rescued the Church clerks.” [clerics?]
In the original story, a priest and three deacons remained unaccounted for. Updates since then have not mentioned them.