Peaceful Egyptian Muslims Break Out of their Shells

by Mike on January 10, 2011

in Politics,Religion,War on Terror

We’ve all seen too many news stories about Islamic terrorists murdering the innocent during the last ten years or so.  Technically it’s even longer than that, but I’m using September 11, 2001 as a reference point.  During that time, we’ve also seen many conservative commentators bemoaning the fact that too few peaceful Muslims stepped up to condemn such violence.  Well, a large of number of peaceful Egyptian Muslims recently did just that when they formed human shields around Coptic churches to protect Christians during their Christmas Eve services.

We can speculate why there are so few stories of Muslims condemning extremists using their religion as an excuse for terror.  Some would argue that many Muslims agree with terrorism as a tool to promote their faith.  A more plausible explanation is that peaceful Muslims are often too afraid for their own lives to confront those who take a more radical approach.  I wonder why?  It’s not as if Muslims are ever the victims of Islamic extremism or anything.

In some parts of the world, it can be dangerous for Muslims to speak out.  The Muslims who protected Christians currently under assault in Egypt were courageous and deserve to be applauded.  More stories like this one will go a long way in ensuring that we read fewer stories about terrorist attacks.  Kudos to those brave Egyptians.  We need more people like them.

Hat tip: Creative Minority Report

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