10 MAR 2011
One of the various misrepresentations regarding the Egyptian revolution was that the participation of some of Egypt’s Christians meant that there was no underlying Islamic agenda.
Many media outlets went out of their way to paint a picture of Muslims and Christians standing arm-in-arm in search of freedom. And in some isolated examples, that may have been an accurate portrayal.
But with the increasing influence of and attention on Islamists such as the Muslim Brotherhood in post-Mubarak Egypt, Christians are starting to feel the heat, as evidenced by a brutal clash between Muslims and Christians in Cairo on Tuesday that left 13 people dead and more than 140 wounded.
The armed confrontation was preceded by Muslims burning down a church in the Helwan neighborhood of Cairo last week. To rub salt in that wound, the Muslims returned to the burned-out church on Tuesday to conduct mass Islamic prayers on the site.
Coptic Christian spokesmen told reporters that as arguments between the Muslims and the Christians who gathered to oppose them escalated, Muslim gunmen opened fire, killing six Christians and resulting in a pitched street battle.
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(New York Times