Egypt: Muslims bashing Christian Copts Watch:
* Time and again we had Muslim posters here on Winds of Jihad wingeing and whining about us dissing Islam, telling us how respectful they are “of all religions and of all the prophets”- except when they’re not. The reality is, if you do take a closer look, it turns out that all these good Muslims are pathological liars who are trying to paint a real big pussy on your cheek.
Reality check from Cairo:
A riot broke out over plans to convert a building in a Cairo suburb into a Christian church on Sunday.Â
Muslims and Christians clashed in Mataria after worshippers arrived for a service at the site of the planned church.Â
One man died in Aswan on the same day during a separate riot over the police killing of a suspected criminal. It is believed he died after inhaling tear gas.
Clash: Protesters fought with riot police in Cairo over plans to convert a building into a Christian church
Police in Mataria intervened when large numbers of Muslims and Christians faced off over a building which the Christians want to convert into a church. The police then clashed mainly with the Muslim side, they said.
Here’s more from Jihad Watch:
Egypt: 13 Injured in Clashes between Muslims and Christians
Once more, the Egyptian press depicts Islamic discrimination/persecution against dhimmi Christians as a product of “sectarian strife,” wherein both parties are equally guilty, or “intolerant.” But why shouldn’t it, when the Western press does theÂ same thing? See theÂ Pact of OmarÂ for more on why the Muslims must have been incensed. More onÂ this story.
“13 Injured in Clashes between Muslims and Christians in Ain Shams,” by Mustafa el-Marsafawi and Fatma Abu Shanab forÂ Al-Masri Al-Yawm, November 25 (thanks to Robert):
There were clashes between Muslims and Christians in Ain Shams district two days ago after some Christians prayed inside a closed plant turned into a Church, which is a stone’s throw away from a mosque. After the two sides pelted each others with stones, the police dropped tear bombs and arrested eight people.Â
Leaderships at Cairo Security Directorate, Azhar Sheikhs and priests moved to the scene of the accident to defuse the situation and reach a solution for the problem.
Eyewitnesses said seven central security vehicles and anti-riot forces cordoned off Tawfiqia Street in which security forces used sticks and tear bombs to disperse the people who pelted them with stones. This resulted in the injury of eight people and five soldiers. In addition, two cars and a number of facades were destroyed.
Some Muslims from the district said the Christians turned a closed plant into a church without getting a license. They wondered how the Christians want to establish a church adjacent to a mosque.
Muslims and Christians exchanged accusations of pelting with stones and bottles.
“We sought protection in the church because we were not a party in the problem, asÂ clashes erupted between the police and the Muslims,” the Christians said.
The menacing-looking throng standing against the police, depictedÂ in pictures, would seem to verify this.
In Aswan, about 450 miles to the south, riot police used tear gas against civilians protesting that a policeman shot dead a man in the town on Saturday.
Police said the man was a wanted criminal but the man’s relatives said a police officer killed him in error and then the police tried to cover up the incident, the sources said.
Thousands of people attended the funeral on Sunday, some chanting: ‘IllegitimateÂ government, unjust government.’
Riot police intervened when large numbers of Muslims and Christians faced off outside the building
In both cases people threw stones and bottles at the police. Two of the policemen were injured in Aswan and two in Cairo, and the protesters damaged shop fronts in both places, they said.
In the incident in Mataria, the confrontation between Muslims and Christians was the culmination of a long-running dispute over the plan to build a church there.
Residents said Christians had come from other parts of the city for the Sunday service at the building, which is not licensed as a church, and Muslims opposed to a church gathered against them. Some chanted: ‘We’re going to knock down the church’ and shouted slogans of loyalty to Islam, witnesses said.
Relations between Egyptian Muslims and the Christian minority, estimated at up to 10 per cent of the population, are usually peaceful, but unrest breaks out from time to time over new churches, conversions and inter-confessional marriages.
Police claim they mainly clashed with the Muslim protesters