Nazareth's Coptic Church condemns anti-Islam film
Hassan Shaalan
Published: 16.09.12, 23:28
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1. Sad, But Understandable
Christy ,   Boston, US   (09.18.12)
Sad to see another group joining in condemning this film while not condemning the disgraceful violence that it supossedly caused. What do you suppose would be the reaction if a mob of Christians/Jews stormed an embassy in the US - or other Western Country - and behaved as the mob in Egypt did - towards an Islamic country's embassy? Do you suppose that mob would be excused because they could point to something, produced in an Islamic Country - that insulted their religion?
2. They are afraid
Nick ,   New York, NY US   (09.18.12)
Coptic Christians are repeatedly massacred by Muslims over the most trivial pretext. They are likely worried about more carnage using this film as a pretext. Mohammed in fact said some very offensive things about Jews and Christians in the Quran (e.g. calling them respectively apes and pigs). When Muslims make offensive comments to Jews or Christians, we do not riot and kill people around the world as they are doing. At least Fr. Anthony said everyone has a right to their opinion (while Egypt has sentenced the alleged film producers to death). It is clear in any case that some of the material in that movie is taken from the hadith and Quran, so perhaps all the rioters should put down their stones and (attempt) to rebut those arguments with words alone.
3. RE#2
Christy ,   Boston, US   (09.19.12)
That's why I said it was understandable. The Copts, in Egypt, have already been harmed by the Islamists in Egypt. It's understandable that a Coptic church would try to appease and apologize. The Copts' situation in Egypt is grave, without a movie as an excuse. As a Christian, when I've seen things such as 'The Last Temptation Of Christ' or the art piece with urine on a cross - 'Pi$$ Christ' - my thought is that God is able to take care of things for Himself. Christians don't have to storm any buildings to avenge God's Honor. Our Bible tells us that God can handle these things. God is very able to take care of His Own Honor.
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