Six Coptic Christians and one security guard were killed last night as worshippers left their celebration of Christmas Mass in the ancient town of Nag Hammadi, Egypt. The gunmen — acting in retaliation against the alleged rape of a Muslim girl — sprayed parishioners with machine gun fire as they left the church.
[Bishop Kirollos] said Muslim residents of Nag Hammadi and neighbouring villages had rioted for five days in November and torched and damaged Christian properties in the area after the rape.
“For days, I had expected something to happen on Christmas day,” said the bishop, adding that police had told him to stay home for fear of further violence.
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The bishop said he had an idea of who the attackers were, calling them “Muslim radicals”.
“It is all religious now. This is a religious war about how they can finish off the Christians in Egypt,” he said.
This is merely the latest outrage against the Egyptian faithful. Once the Religion of Peace finishes them off, I’m sure things will settle down.
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Tick off a New Yorker, and you’re liable to get punched. Do the same to a Canadian, and he may write a song about you. I’m not sure which is worse.
Here’s the story: In early 2008, while on a U.S. tour for his band, some careless United Airlines baggage handlers in Chicago destroyed Dave Carroll’s $3500 guitar. After a nine month runaround, he was left with nothing, so he committed the entire thing to song (presumably, with a borrowed guitar).
Notice the 7.1 million viewers thus far. Revenge is sweet… and catchy.
[Big hat tip to my brother-in-law]