The wail of the Islamophobes is, “Why don’t moderate Muslims speak out against terrorism?” Meaning, “Why don’t I bother to search the internet for stories of Muslims speaking out against terrorism, instead of just trusting that if Fox News didn’t show it, it didn’t happen?”
Personally, I would never have found this story if a Facebook friend hadn’t posted it. The newspaper is Ahram Online, an Egyptian paper, and the story is Egypt’s Muslims Attend Coptic Christmas Mass, Serving as “Human Shields.”
Egypt’s majority Muslim population stuck to its word Thursday night. What had been a promise of solidarity to the weary Coptic community, was honoured, when thousands of Muslims showed up at Coptic Christmas eve mass services in churches around the country and at candle light vigils held outside.
From the well-known to the unknown, Muslims had offered their bodies as “human shields” for last night’s mass, making a pledge to collectively fight the threat of Islamic militants and towards an Egypt free from sectarian strife.
Among those shields were movie stars Adel Imam and Yousra, popular preacher Amr Khaled, the two sons of President Hosni Mubarak, and thousands of citizens who have said they consider the attack one on Egypt as a whole.
“This is not about us and them,” said Dalia Mustafa, a student who attended mass at Virgin Mary Church on Maraashly. “We are one. This was an attack on Egypt as a whole, and I am standing with the Copts because the only way things will change in this country is if we come together.”
In the days following the brutal attack on Saints Church in Alexandria, which left 21 dead on New Year’ eve, solidarity between Muslims and Copts has seen an unprecedented peak. Millions of Egyptians changed their Facebook profile pictures to the image of a cross within a crescent – the symbol of an “Egypt for All”. Around the city, banners went up calling for unity, and depicting mosques and churches, crosses and crescents, together as one.
The New York Times did not cover this story. The Associated Press did not report this news. Reuters has nothing about it.
Not too long ago I saw this post on MyRightWingDad.net:
Of course we won’t hear what the islamophobes have to say about Egyptian Muslims volunteering as human shields to protect their Christian neighbors, because no major news source is reporting it.