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To protect a precious archaeological area that stretches around a church dating back to the fourth century AD, a group of Coptic monks from the Monastery of Saint Macarius have staged a resistance to a road-building project, going so far as to lie down in front of approaching bulldozers.

The Egyptian government is moving forward on a project to build a road connecting the city of Fayoum to an oasis area, passing through the territory around the ancient Coptic Monastery of St. Macarius, home to dozens of monks. The project also threatens the water supply of the monastery and some cultivated areas belonging to it.

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http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/02/27/coptic-monks-lie-down-in-front-of-bulldozers-to-protect-ancient-christian-site/

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I'm not sure how I feel about this. They're certainly more courageus men than I'll ever be. But public transit is very important and I'm sure the Egyptian government has cleared the site with archaeologists...
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God willing, I hope they do not destroy the ancient site.
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God willing, I hope they do not destroy the ancient site.

Me too. I hope some way around can be worked out.
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I'm not sure how I feel about this. They're certainly more courageus men than I'll ever be. But public transit is very important and I'm sure the Egyptian government has cleared the site with archaeologists...

So the monks' beliefs only count if verified  by an archaeologist?
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I'm not sure how I feel about this. They're certainly more courageus men than I'll ever be. But public transit is very important and I'm sure the Egyptian government has cleared the site with archaeologists...

So the monks' beliefs only count if verified  by an archaeologist?

I didn't say that. A nation needs highways, though. Sometimes there has to be some give and take.
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It's my understanding that the monks had offered an alternate route up which was ignored.
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It's my understanding that the monks had offered an alternate route up which was ignored.

Ah. I guess I'm not surprised...
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There has been a mutual agreement between the Church, represented by her highest officials, and the government to accept the construction of the vital highway while protecting the ancient monastic sites. 

At least this is what appears from the videos below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bdzd2Vcvk0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3dd_ZyxmGk

The "monks" in Wadi EL Rayan who have been leading the opposition to this road appear to be disposed from monasticism.

I think there is an over reaction because of previous stupid governmental actions motivated by religious discrimination during Saddat's and Mubarak's administrations. This time around it was not the case.

In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the heart of Egypt, and a monument to the LORD at its border. (Isaiah 19:19)

" God forbid I should see the face of Judah or listen to his blasphemy" (Gerontius, Archmanidrite of the monastery of St. Melania)