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The second story from Egypt concerns a young Christian doctor, Maher Rizkalla Ghali, who was shot by riotous Muslims, including easily-identified Salafis, resulting in the loss of one eye and the likely loss of the other. According to Watan Voice, the perpetrators live downstairs and regularly fired bullets in the air while feasting during sahur (the time before dawn when Muslims are permitted the things they are forbidden in daylight, including food, water, and sex). One night the raucous was so unbearable that the Copt spoke to them from his window, saying that their actions were disturbing to children and the elderly.
Their response was to “insult his religion” and open fire at him, severely disfiguring him. The Muslims then tried to break through the door to attack and plunder the Christian household. Although the family filed a police report, “security forces have not taken any action towards the perpetrators.” Likewise, though they tried to admit the blinded Christian man to several hospitals, they were refused admission until Kasr Hospital accepted them.
This story is almost identical to what happened to a family in Turkey around the same time. According to Hurriyet Daily News, the home of an Alevi family “was stoned and their stables burned down by an angry mob” because they “told a Ramadan drummer not to wake them for sahur, the meal before sunrise,” resulting in a quarrel. After local Muslims found out about the family’s temerity, “a mob of around 60 people” gathered around the house hurling stones, setting the stable on fire, and chanting Islamic slogans, including “Allahu Akbar!” “They came to lynch us,” explained a family member, and “told us to leave and threatened to kill us if we did not.”
The above anecdotes demonstrate the stark antithesis between the West and the Muslim world concerning the notion of being “sensitive” to religious minorities during the holidays of the dominant religion: whereas almost every year, stories appear of Christmas being suppressed to accommodate Muslim sensitivities in the West, in the Muslim world, Christians themselves are being suppressed to accommodate Muslim sensitivities.
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