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Christians protecting Muslims in Tahrir
« on: November 21, 2011, 11:02:36 PM »

Interesting picture today. Christians linked their arms to protect Muslims from the mob while they pray.

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Re: Christians protecting Muslims in Tahrir
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2011, 11:19:30 PM »

Interesting picture today. Christians linked their arms to protect Muslims from the mob while they pray.
Hopefully it is remembered.
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Re: Christians protecting Muslims in Tahrir
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2011, 11:47:22 PM »
pft!

De ja vu...Copts participate in protests to become one with the Egyptian people, and when it's all over, Copts become ostracized from the Egyptian people as whiners.

Bull!
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Re: Christians protecting Muslims in Tahrir
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2011, 01:26:24 AM »
Here's an article by Prof. Robert Srebrnik. Different place, but still pretty interesting.

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Re: Christians protecting Muslims in Tahrir
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2011, 10:31:30 AM »
Here's an article by Prof. Robert Srebrnik. Different place, but still pretty interesting.

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As Syria edges ever closer to civil war, Christians could well find themselves on the losing side. And should the regime fall, Syria might witness a bloodbath far worse than what we saw in Libya.

Lord, have mercy! 
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Re: Christians protecting Muslims in Tahrir
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2011, 12:46:31 PM »

Interesting picture today. Christians linked their arms to protect Muslims from the mob while they pray.
Hopefully it is remembered.

Hopefully they are not doing it to so that is "remembered".

This is Christianity. Photo of the day. If only I could have such faith and love under those circumstances.
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Re: Christians protecting Muslims in Tahrir
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2011, 12:49:25 PM »
pft!

De ja vu...Copts participate in protests to become one with the Egyptian people, and when it's all over, Copts become ostracized from the Egyptian people as whiners.

Bull!

The more and more and I hear about Copts, the more I am humbled and my heart breaks for them.

But if you are saying their acts of Christian charity and sacrifice which I find to be imponderable are just political gambits . . .
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Re: Christians protecting Muslims in Tahrir
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2011, 07:33:23 PM »
I just hope these Muslims will protects these brothers in Christ when the torches and pitchforks come 'round.

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Re: Christians protecting Muslims in Tahrir
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2011, 07:40:11 PM »
Lord, have mercy on Your faithful in Egypt and throughout the region.

Really quite an emotional photo. I can't quite say what I want to about it. God bless them.
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Re: Christians protecting Muslims in Tahrir
« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2011, 07:50:37 PM »

Interesting picture today. Christians linked their arms to protect Muslims from the mob while they pray.
Hopefully it is remembered.

Hopefully they are not doing it to so that is "remembered".

This is Christianity. Photo of the day. If only I could have such faith and love under those circumstances.
I can guarentee they are not doing it to be remembered.  Nonetheless, it would be nice if it was remembered by others besides the Lord.
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Re: Christians protecting Muslims in Tahrir
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2011, 07:52:59 PM »
pft!

De ja vu...Copts participate in protests to become one with the Egyptian people, and when it's all over, Copts become ostracized from the Egyptian people as whiners.

Bull!

The more and more and I hear about Copts, the more I am humbled and my heart breaks for them.

But if you are saying their acts of Christian charity and sacrifice which I find to be imponderable are just political gambits . . .
No one is saying that.  We are just pointing out the ingratitude that is usually heaped on the Copts.  Just calling a spade a spade.
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Re: Christians protecting Muslims in Tahrir
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2011, 08:48:11 PM »
This event has struck me profoundly. Quintessentially Christian these people are. I can only wish I would have the fortitude and faith to act the same. Moreover, yesterday a good Muslim friend of mine at work (yes, I do have Muslim friends) asked me to pray for his country. I was both surprised and humbled by his simple request.
If I were an "Evangelical" I probably would say something along the lines that I felt 'convicted" as the fleeting uncomfortableness ran through my consciousness to my shame.

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Re: Christians protecting Muslims in Tahrir
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2011, 11:13:14 PM »
I would like to add, if I may, to our litany here a prayer for the welfare of the Greek (Chalcedonian) Orthodox Christians and Jews of Egypt (those left of them, anyway), who are also not having the best of times.

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Re: Christians protecting Muslims in Tahrir
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2011, 06:06:25 AM »
pft!

De ja vu...Copts participate in protests to become one with the Egyptian people, and when it's all over, Copts become ostracized from the Egyptian people as whiners.

Bull!

The more and more and I hear about Copts, the more I am humbled and my heart breaks for them.

But if you are saying their acts of Christian charity and sacrifice which I find to be imponderable are just political gambits . . .

You misunderstand my frustration.  Of course, I agree with their actions, but it's always forgotten.  And more than anything, while it is Christian charity, they're also doing it because they do believe as Egyptians, they're protecting their own brothers in nationality despite their religious differences.  It adds to my frustration even more when you find that Copts try to show they love their country even more than them.
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Re: Christians protecting Muslims in Tahrir
« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2011, 06:35:42 AM »
As my Coptic friend observed tonight over dinner: "We (Egyptians) never knew this word 'religion' until the Muslims came. There were the Christians following Jesus and the Jews following Moses. It was the Muslims who created this idea of religious differences. Before we were Egyptians living in our land and worshiping, but when the Muslims came they used 'religion' to destroy us and take over."

I don't know how true this is (there were pagans too, right?), but it did remind me of the story of the Desert Father (I can't remember which) who was questioned by some pagans and told them that tomorrow they would see a great witness of God's power, and then on that day the pagan emperor died. Those same pagans then fled to their idol in great anger, asking it "if you did not favor him (the emperor), then why did you accept his offerings?!"

Would that it were that today's Muslims in Egypt would be so open to see the great presence of God in their Coptic brothers and sisters despite the difference in religion (as the pagans above obviously saw that the Christian was right, even if it did not cause them to abandon their idol). As usual, I am pessimistic to men but hopeful to God. So I trust that the Coptic people will be greatly rewarded when and where it matters, even if this action will be forgotten the next time some loudmouth imam decides the cross is an affront to his myopic view of Egypt and religion. May God also show such people the way to true repentance and love of all as equal sons and daughters of God.

And may God protect the holy Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. It is a great light to all the world. (And I thought that even from far away, so I'm only semi-biased!)