Saturday, January 08, 2011

Muslims Attend Christmas Eve Mass

So then based on this great show of support for peace, I believe some observations are in order. The background: After attacks on Christian churches in Egypt, moderate Muslims there attended Christmas Eve Mass ceremonies (Jan. 5) in Egypt and acted as Human Shields against threatened terrorist attacks. That is terrific and an act of friendship and unity. They are to be commended. Thank God some sanity triumphed.

What does it mean, though? Well, first it clearly shows there are indeed two very diverse groups within Islam -- those that want to impose it on others and those that want to co-exist with those of other faiths. As I have always said, the problem with Islam and the world is first and foremost a problem that is "internal within Islam" -- the reformists (that some deny do exist or can even exist) and the radicals. Joel Rosenberg's book "Inside the Revolution" is a must-read on this topic.

Second, I am now worried about what the consequences will be for some or many of those Muslims that were courageous enough to sit next to their Christian fellow-citizens of Egypt in support of peace. Should they fear for their own lives?

Third, I continue to be amazed at the helplessness of the rest of the world to a) recognize the problem within Islam, and b) to do anything about it -- whether it be to help protect the Reformists or to collectively (with other allies and the Reformers) help defeat the Radicals.

Anyway, take a look for yourself and then leave us your views.

Egypt's Muslims attend Coptic Christmas mass, serving as "human shields" - Ahram Online

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