10 January 2011

When humanity transcends religious dogma

One of the most encouraging developments in the Middle East in years: In the wake of the murderous jihadist attack on a Coptic church in Alexandria on New Year's Eve, thousands of Muslims flock to churches throughout Egypt -- to act as human shields to deter more terrorist violence.


Blogger tnlib said...

This is indeed encouraging and it's nice to know that at least in one part of the world people of divergent beliefs can come together.

11 January, 2011 05:15  
Blogger LadyAtheist said...

I think the days when citizens stand by while extremists wreak violence on innocents are long gone. From the plane in Pennsylvania to the heroes of Saturday to this... humans won't stand for this if they really embrace their humanity.

11 January, 2011 05:19  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

TNLib: Except in the case of the real fanatics, a person is much more than just the influence of whatever malignant mythology they were raised with -- and of course many individuals don't embrace, or may not even know about, the worst dogmas of their own religion.

LA: I hope it's the start of a trend. Egyptians have had plenty of opportunities to see sectarian violence escalate out of control in countries not too far away.

Recall too how many white people in the US supported black equality during the civil-rights struggle, despite the dominant racist beliefs of the time, because it was the right thing to do. Muslim Egyptians who can defend their Christian minority in spite of the Islamic doctrines about "people of the book" are doing the same.

It doesn't seem to be a common attitude, unfortunately. In several Islamic countries, once-large Christian and other non-Muslim minorities have shrunk drastically in recent decades as a rising tide of Islamic fanaticism has frightened most non-Muslims away.

11 January, 2011 05:55  

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