True to the mainstream media’s habit of describing a scene of mutual “tensions” when Muslims attack Christians, the headline below describes “Egyptian sectarian violence,” giving the impression of equal participation. Here, the rumor that the Coptic church is holding two women who converted to Islam has fueled months of jihadist violence against Christians far removed from any such alleged conspiracy, including the New Year’s Eve church bombing in Alexandria, and even the massacre on the eve of All Saints’ Day in Baghdad.
“6 dead in Egyptian sectarian violence,” from CNN, May 7:
Cairo, Egypt — Six people were killed and 120 injured in sectarian clashes outside a church in Cairo on Saturday, officials said.
An angry group of Muslim Salafists attacked the Saint Mena Coptic Orthodox Church. They were upset over reports of a woman being held against her will after allegedly converting to Islam.
“With my own eyes I saw three people killed and dozens injured,” said Mina Adel, a Christian resident. “There’s no security here. There’s a big problem. People attacked us, and we have to protect ourselves.”
Egyptian Interior Ministry spokesman Alla Mahmoud said in a statement that six people were killed and 120 injured in the violence.
Authorities sent soldiers and police to help secure the area.
Tensions have risen this year between Egypt’s Muslim majority and its Coptic minority.
A Coptic church in the town of Alexandria was bombed on New Year’s Day, killing 23 people. The Palestinian Islamic Army, which has links to al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for what was the deadliest attack on Christians in Egypt in recent times.
Ten days later, a gunman killed a Christian man and wounded five other Christians on a train in Egypt.
In November, a group with ties to al Qaeda in Iraq announced that all Christians in the Middle East would be “legitimate targets,” as the group’s deadline for Egypt’s Coptic church to release alleged Muslim female prisoners expired.
The group’s claim that the Coptic Church in Egypt is holding female prisoners is based on widespread rumors of Coptic women in Egypt converting to Islam and being detained by the church in an attempt to compel or persuade them to return to their original faith….
But when Muslims abduct Christian girls and women — and they do — that’s apparently A-OK. Coptic Pope Shenouda III warned as far back as 1976 that “there is a practice to convert Coptic girls to embrace Islam and marry them under terror to Muslim husbands.”