Interesting debate

There is interesting debate shaping up on newswire. The discussion revolves around the latest information on the killing of a family of Egyptian Copts in New Jersey and whether it was a religiously motivated act. It’s worth a look.

What do I think? I don’t know. I think it is still too early to point a finger, as the investigation is still underway. Diverse and controversial opinions are always welcome! Yalla, make yourself heard.

8 Comments

  1. Jareer January 25, 2005 at 12:08 pm

    From my experiece in paltalk- and how hot it gets, accusations might be correct.

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  2. Linda January 25, 2005 at 2:43 pm

    why is it people who are religious tend to be the ones whoare not tolerant of other religions or races?

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  3. Arash January 25, 2005 at 4:26 pm

    Yeah, it’s sad. It could be theft though, but seems too brutal.

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  4. Wendy January 26, 2005 at 1:41 am

    I asked some Egyptian friends, and they felt it must be religiously motivated. I am so sad that a community that seemed to be able to live in peace now isn’t.
    You said we could be controversial…but I don’t want to step on toes, yet will continue.
    They said also in recent times that Egyptian Christians are experiencing a greater degree of violence that just lack of opportunity. Women have been kidnapped and raped by men trying to force them to become Muslims. That cars with Christian fish symbols have been destroyed (that was also in NYT last year), Christian workers have all been deported for the most part. A Coptic prist who debates the Quran and the Bible has been told members of his family will be killed until he stops, and so far his brother has been killed.
    I read in another paper that the father who was killed was involved in a chat room in Christian/Muslim dialogue where several Muslims have decided to change religion.
    Putting it all together, these murders would instill fear in an ex-pat Egyptian community that was counting on the freedom in the US to shield them. My friend concluded by saying she feels the lack of reporting about violence in Egypt against Christians leaves her feeling without a voice, that no one really cares. It was sad to hear.

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  5. Amir January 26, 2005 at 2:51 am

    I think you can rule out theft. They were bound, gagged and killed. I doubt a burglar would do that, because the penalties for multiple murder are much, much higher than for burglary. Just to rob a house, that seems like a lot of effort and risk.

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  6. Wendy January 26, 2005 at 11:26 am

    I just read somewhere else that a Jersey imam declared Mr. A’s blood “hilal”, and has fled the country.

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  7. BBC NEWS January 26, 2005 at 8:19 pm

    Kuwaiti ‘slit daughter’s throat’

    A Kuwaiti man has reportedly confessed to killing his 14-year-old daughter because he believed she was having sex. Adnan Enezi – an employee in the Islamic Affairs ministry – had just returned from the pilgrimage to Mecca.

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  8. Ramy January 28, 2005 at 3:18 pm

    Although the motivation and the way the crime was committed may support the religious theory, it is not wise to point to any conclusion. The rush to a conclusion may harm the Coptic cause even more than the Arab reputation in the USA. Words like “ritual killing” and “signs of Islamic terrorism” are misused. Stabbing was transformed in the media to “slaying”; some roports-that were later denied-claim the girls cross tattoo was stabbed.
    It’s always wise to wait and see. We have discussed this a lot in this post by Big Pharaoh

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