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Saturday, January 15, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Foreign Policy analysts Dr. Clifford May opines over at National Review: "The War Against the Christians
The most important story not being told" Jan. 13:
Imagine if Muslims in Europe were being arrested for nothing more than peacefully practicing their religion. Imagine if Muslims in South America were being sentenced to death for “insulting” Jesus. Imagine if mosques were being bombed and burned by terrorists in a growing list of Christian-majority countries.Radical Islam presents the absolute Greatest Threat to Liberty in our Lifetimes
Now here’s what you don’t need to imagine because it is all too real: In recent days, Christian churches have been bombed in Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, and the Philippines. In Indonesia a mob of 1,000 Muslims burned down two Christian churches because, according to one commentator, local Islamic authorities determined there were “too many faithful and too many prayers.” In Iran, scores of Christians have been arrested. In Pakistan, a Christian woman received the death penalty for the “crime” of insulting Islam; the governor of Punjab promised to pardon her — and was then assassinated for the “crime” of blasphemy.
I could provide dozens more examples of the persecution and, in many cases, “cleansing” of Christians in what we have come to call the Muslim world...
LibertarianRepublican.net in which I serve as Editor, is one political website that has been telling the story. Within the last week alone, LR has run stories on:
Labour MP: Pakistanis raping British Girls rampant in UKCato jumped on the demise of the Soviet Union, but refuses to promote Liberty in the Middle East
Police in Britain too "frightened" of PC to arrest Pakistani men raping British Girls
Muslim police officer guns down 6 Christians on Egyptian Train - Female victims not wearing Burqas
South Sudan votes for Independence like our own fight for Independence in 1776
Islamist attackers hack to death 13 Christians in Nigeria
Radical Muslim conquest of Somalia near complete
Clifford May is correct in questioning the liberal media, and there serious lack of coverage of these vastly important stories. But he misses the libertarian media.
Where's Reason on the rise of Islamo-Fascism? Where's the Cato Institute and their daily blog? The Libertarian Party? Influential libertarian pundit sites like The Agitator, Liberty Papers, The Daily Libertarian, Nolan Chart?
Of course, numerous other left-leaning libertarian sites completely avoid the subject for obvious reasons; sites like AntiWar.com, LewRockwell.com, and many of the Ron Paul sites. To talk of the threat of Radical Islam, would bring up the uncomfortable subject of what to do about it, for these hardline non-interventionist/isolationists.
But Cato, Reason? Why are they taking a head-in-the sand approach on Islamo-Fascism? They proclaim to be consistently Pro-Liberty, but how can we have liberty if Sharia Law is being shoved down our throats?
And Cato has no leg to stand on in this regard. For, in the early 1990s, they sent an entire delegation of free market economists and policy analysts to the former Soviet Union to promote freedom-oriented policies, at considerable expense. Why aren't they doing the same now in the Muslim world, sending libertarian scholars and policy analysists over the Middle East to promote Ayn Rand, Hayek, and other free marketeers?
LibertarianRepublican.net is virtually the only libertarian website giving coverage to the threat of Radical Islam. In fairness, Reason touches on the subject once in a great while, when it overlaps with free speech concerns such as the Danish cartoonist and South Park controversies. But that's it.
Yes Clifford May, the liberal media is purposely avoiding coverage of Radical Muslim violence against Christians. But the libertarian media is just as absent. It just doesn't fit the template.
NOTE: Candidate must receive absolute majority (85) to win.
The 2011 Republican National Committee Winter Meeting is under way!
I will be live blogging the RNC Chairmanship election throughout the day.
The declared candidates for Chairman:
Michael Steele of Maryland.
Saul Anuzis of Michigan.
Maria Cino of New York.
Reince Priebus of Wisconsin.
Ann Wager of Missouri.
Nominations should begin in fifteen minutes; actual voting in seventy-five.
Ann Wagner has been Nominated by National Committeeman John Ryder.
Reince Priebus has been Nominated by National Committeeman Steve King.
Michael Steele has been Nominated by National Committeewoman Miriam Hellreich.
Maria Cino has been Nominated by Ohio Republican Chairman Kevin DeWine.
Saul Anuzis has been Nominated by National Committeeman Morton Blackwell.
The 2011 RNC Chairmanship Election is beginning - Members are now voting.
The first round of balloting is complete; results to be announced soon.
First balloting predictions (first-last): Priebus, Steele, Aruzis, Cino, Wagner.
NOTE: YOU CAN WATCH THE ELECTION ON C-SPAN.
First ballot results are in:
The RNC is now in recess for twenty minutes.
The second round of balloting will begin in twenty minutes. Stay tuned.
The 2009 RNC Chairmanship election went six ballots. How long will this one go?
The second round of balloting has begun - Members are now voting again.
The second round of balloting is complete; results to be announced soon.
Second ballot results are in:
The RNC is now in recess for twenty minutes.
The third round of balloting will begin in twenty minutes. Stay tuned.
Time for Chairman Michael Steele to exit the RNC Chairmanship election.
The third round of balloting has begun - Members are now voting again.
The third round of balloting is complete; results to be announced soon.
Third ballot results are in:
The RNC is in recess for ten minutes.
The fourth round of balloting will begin shortly. Stay tuned.
Someone is bound to exit the race. They're stalled between five candidates.
The fourth round of balloting has begun - Members are now voting again.
All five original candidates are still on the ballot. Can you believe this?
The fourth round of balloting is complete; results to be announced soon.
Fourth ballot results are in:
The RNC is in recess for ten minutes.
The fifth round of balloting will begin shortly. Stay tuned.
Will anyone leave the race? The RNC is in a stalemate.
Michael Steele is remaining in the race. Priebus leads with 58.
Michael Steele leaves 2011 RNC Chairmanship election.
Michael Steele endorses Maria Cino and asks his 28 supporters to follow.
The fifth round of balloting has begun - Members are now voting again.
They are four candidates remaining: Anuzis, Cino, Priebus and Wagner.
The fifth round of balloting is complete; results to be announced soon.
Fifth ballot results are in:
Cino gained 11 votes; Priebus gained 9 votes; Anuzis gained 8 votes.
The RNC is in recess for ten minutes.
The sixth round of balloting will begin shortly. Stay tuned.
Priebus needs 18 votes to win - I don't think he can get it.
The sixth round of balloting has begun - Members are now voting.
The sixth round of balloting is complete; results to be announced soon.
Sixth ballot results are in:
Reince Priebus needs five more votes to claim victory.
The RNC is in recess for ten minutes.
The seventh round of balloting will being shortly.
Saul Anuzis needs 48 votes to win - near impossible.
Ann Wagner leaves 2011 RNC Chairmanship election.
The seventh round of balloting has begun - Members are now voting.
There are three candidates remaining: Anuzis, Cino and Priebus.
The seventh round of balloting is complete; results to be announced soon.
This could be it. We'll know within a couple of minutes.
Seventh ballot results are in:
Reince Priebus elected Republican National Committee Chairman.
As National Republicans head into this morning's bi-annual Chairmanship election, we can all agree on one thing: Michael Steele, our current Chairman, must be replaced today. His gaffes (abortion, Afghanistan, southern strategy) insulted core constituencies, and his horrible fiscal management skills (record low contributions; record high debt) has cost the RNC millions of dollars.
But as to who we support? That has divided Republicans sharply.
Maria Cino is a former Bush Administration official who worked in both the Commerce and Transportation departments. She is also a former Deputy RNC Chairman who has worked closely with pro-abortion Republican organizations in the past. She has the support of Boehner and Cheney.
Ann Wagner served as Missouri's Republican Chairman for six years, as Co-chair of the RNC for four years, and as Ambassador to Luxembourg for another four years. She recently served as Chairman of then-Congressman Roy Blunt's very successful campaign for Senate in the election to replace Kit Bond. She has received the support of few RNC members.
Reince Priebus is the youngest Wisconsin Republican Chairman in history. He lost in his only campaign for elected office (Wisconsin State Senate), even though he outspent his Democrat opponent by a two-to-one margin, and until recently was a very strong ally of Chairman Michael Steele. He's supported by former RNC Chairman Haley Barbour
Saul Anuzis is the former two-term Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, and was the youngest delegate to the Republican National Convention when Ronald Reagan received the Nomination in 1980. He's the proud son of Lithuanian immigrants, a successful businessman, and technologically savvy. He is supported by seven State Republican Chairman.
Not hard to guess who I support.
Saul Anuzis is a dedicated Conservative who understands the American dream better than all his opponents combined. He will lead the RNC to success in 2011 and 2012 by righting the financial ship, and by leading the RNC to a brave new technology-inspired political world, hopefully on the RNC's horrid website first and foremost.
To the 168 RNC Committee members: Vote Saul Anuzis for Chair.
The Dire Straits song "Money for Nothing" was ruled by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council to be "extremely offensive" and thus inappropriate for airing on radio or television because it uses an anti-gay slur.The decision against St. John's radio station CHOZ-FM in Newfoundland was released Wednesday. In it, the panel ruled that the word "faggot" "contravened the Human Rights Clauses" and its ethics code and is "no longer" permitted "even if entirely or marginally acceptable in earlier days."
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Glen Busch and his wife founded the organization's Chicago chapter, which has clothed thousands of children since 2005. On Saturday he wrote on his Facebook profile about the shooting:
"This was not a political thing, it was a psychotic thing. This kid was nuts! Now lets (sic) drop the ink wars and pray for the families. Maybe apologize in public just like your accusations as well? I'm just saying."
He then wrote:
"OK in the spirit of open discussion. Now that we know that this kid was an extreme socialist and democrat, does that change some of the opinions? Guys, look, this is not political, he's just crazy."
The next day his boss, Paul Darby, called Busch a "radical," and fired him:
"I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for re-election in 2012," she wrote to supporters. "That should give the people of Texas ample time to consider who my successor will be."
So who will replace her?
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
How New York State income tax rates are structured The tax table below will show in detail the New York state income tax rates by income tax bracket(s). There are 5 income tax brackets for New York. If your income range is between $0 and $8,000, your tax rate on every dollar of income earned is 4%.
If your income range is between $8,001 and $11,000, your tax rate on every dollar of income earned is 4.5%.
If your income range is between $11,001 and $13,000, your tax rate on every dollar of income earned is 5.25%.
If your income range is between $13,001 and $20,000, your tax rate on every dollar of income earned is 5.9%.
If your income range is $20,001 and over, your tax rate on every dollar of income earned is6.85%.
Income tax brackets data last updated March 3rd, 2009.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I'm tired of liberal hypocrisy and here's just another example of their hate-mongering. For example, the new Facebook group "I hate it when I wake up and Sarah Palin is still alive" calls for the death of Sarah Palin. And don't believe the BS that it is just one crazed liberal or two nuts lefties. This group, as of this moment, has exactly 2,139 "likes:"
He advocated a horrid plan to split Iraq into three separate nation's when the war briefly turned against the United States in 2006, and he opposed the successful surge that established the Iraq of today: peaceful, prosperous, and united. Then again, perhaps he was only posturing for the '08 Democrat Primaries?
Vice-President Joe Biden opposed the ongoing surge in Afghanistan, and he had a blowout with Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan, before the Obama Administration even had control of our government. In fact, Biden has been on the wrong side of wars in the Middle East for two decades now: he voted against authorizing the use of force against Saddam during Desert Storm.
So you would think Vice-President Biden's recent trip to Afghanistan was more of the same from old Joe, right? Amazingly, no. If Vice-President Biden was sincere in his comments to Karzai, our current 2014 deadline to leave Afghanistan was just essentially blown up, and Joe Biden actually pulled the trigger.
Biden actually said "we're not leaving if you don't want us to leave" to Karzai. This is significant news on the Afghanistan War, considering the Obama administration has consistently pushed for a withdrawal deadline. Perhaps on-the-job training for the 44th President has taught him a thing or two about governing.
And how to alienate your Vice-President on foreign policy matters. Old Joe probably enjoyed his talk with President Karzai, and his pledge that "we're not leaving if you don't want us to leave", but I doubt it will change his thrice-proven wrong mind. Somewhere in Wyoming, a former Vice-President is smiling today.
What say you?
Mike Huckabee, the former Governor of Arkansas, has one thing going for him if he does decide to run for the GOP Nomination again next year: Iowa will back him just as strongly as they did in 2008. This comes one week after a poll out of New Hampshire showed Mitt Romney leading the GOP field with relative ease.
Huckabee leads the way with 30%*, while Romney (18%), Palin (15%), and Gingrich (13%) round out the front runners. Ron Paul leads the second-tier candidates with 6%; while Pawlenty (4%), Thune (3%) and Daniels (1%) are struggling to find name recognition and active support in the first Caucus.
With Iowa trending to Huckabee, and New Hampshire to Romney - the voters of South Carolina, not just Republicans since SC primary elections are open to all registered voters, could very well choose the next Republican Nominee for President, and perhaps the next President of the United States in late January, 2012.
* - Huckabee won Iowa with 34% in 2008; Romney placed second with 25%.
He was a 9/11 Truther and opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and was a political independent. Yet for some reasons all of these antithetical items seem to just make people want to blame Sarah Palin all the more. Furthermore, his hatred of Congresswoman Giffords started before the Tea Party or Palin's national career.
Still, in a CBS poll, it appears that some still want to blame politics, and it would appear that the prime target remains the Tea Party. Even MSNBC said that there was no link to the movement... "yet" in their broadcast. However, many Democrats still see Loughner as a product of the Tea Party.
Democrats were more evenly divide - 49 percent said they saw no link between the shooting and the rhetoric, while 42 percent said they did see a tie. Among independents polled, 56 percent said they saw no connection and 33 percent said they did see one.Just another disgusting politiziation of the horrific shootings on Saturday. Still without a shred of evidence. I don't expect to hear an apology from Paul Krugman anytime soon.
Monday, January 10, 2011
The National Organization for Women (NOW for short) has a different approach. Instead of condemning Loughner outright, they are using his senseless acts as political hay, equating conservatives to his hateful rampage and blaming the deaths of innocent people on figures like Sarah Palin.
The very same day that Loughner unleashed a barrage of bullets into a crowd, before it was even known who even committed this atrocity, NOW decided to blame the right for these crimes. Quickly releasing a statement, NOW President Terry O'Neill released the statement below (emphasis mine):
NOW condemns the tragic shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) that stole six lives and seriously injured 12 today. We condemn, equally, the culture of hate and violence increasingly reflected in extreme right-wing opponents of those who support progressive solutions to our country's challenges.
Rep. Giffords, whose office was vandalized after she voted for the federal health care reform law last year, was also named on Sarah Palin's "Targeted" list. Giffords (who has been consistently endorsed by NOW's PAC) herself understood the not-so-well veiled threat, stating "the thing is that the way she [Palin] has it depicted, we're in the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they've got to realize that there are consequences to that action."
The pious condemnations we are now hearing by right-wing leaders are of little comfort if not accompanied by concrete action. Conservatives cannot have it both ways, screaming sexist, racist and homophobic slurs at legislators as they vote for health care reform, putting legislators on a violence-inciting "Targets" list, and then simply saying how sorry they are when someone explodes into murder.
In November 2009, as Democratic women spoke on the House floor about how the Affordable Care Act would benefit women, Republican Congressmen shouted them down. Led by Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), who repeatedly yelled "I object. I object. I object. I object. I object," as Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) tried to talk, they carried on this attack for half an hour.
In March 2010, Tea Party supporters screamed a racial epithet at Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) as he walked toward Congress from a health care reform meeting. Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) was walking with Lewis and confirmed the protesters were yelling "Kill the bill, kill the bill," when they used the racial epithet. One man spit on Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) as he walked to the Capitol. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was taunted with anti-gay epithets as he left the same meeting in a House office building.
We call on Republican leaders to do more than disavow hatred, hostility and violence-laden speech as a political tool. We also call upon the Justice Department to investigate -- to the fullest extent of federal anti-terrorist legislation -- reports that this mass murder, which included the killing of a federal judge and the attempted assassination of a member of Congress, was part of a conspiracy.
NOW offers our sincere condolences to the families of those who were slain, and we hope that all those who were injured will soon recover. Our thoughts are with all those involved in this horrible tragedy.There are two things that are utterly disgusting with the statement above. The first is that much of it is simply untrue, exaggerated, or things that Democrats do as well. The second, and most disgusting, is that NOW is using a tragedy to push forward its agenda.
Before the bodies of the murders lay cold in the ground, Terry O'Neill was salivating over blaming conservatives for this tragedy. She is disgusting and her actions must be condemned.
But out of all of the chaos that Saturday morning, heroes arose who saved the lives of dozens of people. These people seem to have been forgotten with all the vitriol that has been thrown about. I'd just like to take a few moments and recognize the people who acted when they had to. These people acted despite political beliefs. They acted because they cared, not because they were liberals or conservatives. These people are heroes.
Daniel Hernandez- 20-year-old Daniel Hernandez, an intern, is the man who most likely saved Representative Gabrielle Giffords's life. Knowing the basics of medicine and treatment, Hernandez tilted Giffords's head back, preventing her from drowning on her own blood. In the meantime, he applied pressure and clean cloths to Giffords's wound in able to prevent further damage.
Roger Sulzgeber and Joseph Zimudie- These heroes tackled Loughner as he attempted to continue his rampage. Putting their lives on the line in order to save others, Sulzgeber and Zimudie's actions likely saved dozens of people.
These people are all heroes. With the vitriol being thrown, we should stop and recognize those who saved instead of killed. Unfortunately, this article doesn't have a catchy headline or a new "scoop," so it is unlikely to be read and taken into account.
Apparently liberals believe "evidence" and "common sense" be damned; not only do they not have evidence to link Loughner to Palin, but now crazed liberals are calling for the "assassination" on the former governor of Alaska. Why? I'm not sure, but liberals are angry and vengeful.
Once again this isn't an isolated incident, but many liberals are going nuts just to scream for the death of Sarah Palin. Like this one on SodaHead:
Or this disgusting post on Skeptical Eye, in which the author tells people to kill Palin:
Pundit Press discovered yesterday:
As more investigation focuses on Loughner and his family, it appears that he is more insane than previously believed. For one, he is a 9/11 Truther, believing that the US government, led by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, carried out the September 11th atrocities:
He believed the U.S. government was behind 9/11, and worried that governments were maneuvering to create a unified monetary system ("a New World Order currency" one friend said) so that elites and bureaucrats could control the rest of the world.Loughner is also known for being increasingly aggressive towards others-- searching for "chaos."
An ardent atheist, he began to characterize people as sheep whose free will was being sapped by the government and the monotony of modern life.
"He didn't want people to wake up and do the same thing every day. He wanted more chaos, he wanted less regularity," one friend said.Even those who just knew Jared Loughner through class and not further social contact pegged him as a nut:
"My very first impression was that he was unstable, mentally and emotionally. He frightened me," she said. "His behavior was just so inexplicable. He had outbursts that were completely nonsensical. His behavior was angry and aggressive and something about him just frightened me."Loughner appears to be a nihilistic young person influenced by constant beratement about how American society and the Bush Administration was illegal and evil. He took these flights of fancy to the extreme-- hating the system and his Congresswoman. He seemed to take the counter-culture to its insane conclusion, choosing violence instead of reasonable discourse.
Jared Loughner, described by law enforcement officials and associates as a social outcast with wild beliefs steeped in paranoia and deep distrust of government, was due to make his first court appearance Monday at 4 p.m. ET.
AUSTIN, Texas -- A judge has ordered U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to serve three years in prison for his role in a scheme to illegally funnel corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.
The sentence comes after a jury in November convicted DeLay on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. DeLay was once one of the most powerful men in U.S. politics, ascending to the No. 2 job in the House of Representatives.
The former Houston-area congressman had faced up to life in prison. His attorneys asked for probation.
Senior Judge Pat Priest issued his ruling after a brief sentencing hearing on Monday in which former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert testified on DeLay's behalf.
Priest declined to hear testimony from the state's only witness.
So how does this change the 2012 landscape? Huckabee was the favorite in Iowa, at least if you take 2008 in perspective. Of course, Palin's numbers appear weaker than would be expected.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
And no, there was not just one insane person on one insane website, but many cases of wackos calling for the death of Sarah Palin. Like this one from a commenter on TMZ:
HOLY S**T CAN SOMEONE PLZ KILL SARAH PALIN:"
Or this one from Yahoo! Answers:
morons that think it is hilarious to joke about Palin being killed:
The list goes on and the threats go on. These are simply disgusting and need to stop.
Update: And a reader brought this disgusting Facebook group to my attention: Sarah Palin should die, which has just been taken down.
Caitie Parker, a woman who went to high school and knew Loughner during college, confirmed that his politics were left wing:
the world was run:"
constantly showed his contempt for Christianity. Further, on Loughner listed the Communist Manifesto as one of his favorite books on MySpace.
Under the username of "Erad3," a simple rearrangement of his first name, Loughner wrote perplexing and, quite frankly, insane posts several times on the website. Under his "More Stuff You Should Know" section, he wrote, "Eating a Chicken Pot Pie in a voting booth with the option for a Spanish vote!"
Other topics include a post entitled, "Why is the year infinite in the date," in which Loughner said, in response to "what day is today:" "Today is July 7th 2010620106548435784657841510159543248418954982010654843578465784151015954324841895..."In actuality, the number he wrote was over 900 characters long.
Loughner also rambled on about "infinite currency," which he also posted about on his YouTube page. In response to Loughner's ramblings, other members wrote that they were "struggling to see the point of [his] topic" and that they weren't sure what he was talking about.
Interestingly, out of all of Loughner's ramblings, one thing becomes crystal clear: his hatred for Christianity. Under his username, the assassin constantly bashed the religion; in a topic entitled, "Why does God allow the existance of people who go to hell," Loughner wrote, "God couldn't be a possible! It's being argued with unknown authors for dispute."
In other posts, Loughner's hatred for Christianity becomes even more clear. In a topic entitled, "108 Year Old Rabbi Predicts Arrival of Messiah," Loughner wrote:
If Christianity philosophy is non-fiction writing then there's a author for the literature
There's no author for the literature.
Therefore, Christianity philosophy is not non-fiction writing.
Crap on anyone who is believing Christianity without evidence of a writer!In another topic, he wrote this rambling response:
Are you going to tell every poster that its possibly to meet the writer in this current age?
There are far many books that are easy to remember then the books of the bible.
What if Plato and the other writers of the bible chilled for ten minutes talking about chicken?
What a sad attempt to know who wrote any of the bible and the story's not in them.
Very sad and pathetic attempt for something to talk about!Two things are becoming very clear as the world learns more about this assassin: he is insane and he hate Christianity.
The obviously demented murderer didn't just wake up and decide to execute whoever he found at the local supermarket - he planned it. This coward shot Congresswoman Gabby Giffords in the head, first, and then proceeded to kill and wound eighteen other innocent individuals in a matter of seconds, one of which was a little nine-year old girl who was only interested in government.
This was an attack on all of us.
When someone attempts to murder a sitting member of Congress, regardless of which chamber, they are taking a shot at our entire Constitutional and Political foundations. They are also taking a shot at our long held principle that we are a Nation of laws, and not of men.
And as a Nation united in our laws, and our pursuit of Justice - we must all take great offense at this deliberate assault upon one of our citizens who forsook the leisure of private cares, circumstances, and comforts, for the apparent risks of public service. Whatever your political ideology or beliefs, we're all Americans in this time of national mourning.
Congress must convene tomorrow morning and immediately pass legislation authorizing every member of the House, and Senate to hire a personal armed guard for their own security back in their home congressional districts across the nation. The $35 million in budget cuts from last week should be used. Our Representatives should never again be left open and vulnerable to any assault or assassination attempt.
Egypt’s majority Muslim population stuck to its word Thursday night. What had been a promise of solidarity to the weary Coptic community, was honoured, when thousands of Muslims showed up at Coptic Christmas eve mass services in churches around the country and at candle light vigils held outside.
From the well-known to the unknown, Muslims had offered their bodies as “human shields” for last night’s mass, making a pledge to collectively fight the threat of Islamic militants and towards an Egypt free from sectarian strife.
Among those shields were movie stars Adel Imam and Yousra, popular Muslim televangelist and preacher Amr Khaled, the two sons of President Hosni Mubarak, and thousands of citizens who have said they consider the attack one on Egypt as a whole.
“This is not about us and them,” said Dalia Mustafa, a student who attended mass at Virgin Mary Church on Maraashly Street. “We are one. This was an attack on Egypt as a whole, and I am standing with the Copts because the only way things will change in this country is if we come together.”
In the days following the brutal attack on Saints Church in Alexandria, which left 21 dead on New Year’ eve, solidarity between Muslims and Copts has seen an unprecedented peak. Millions of Egyptians changed their Facebook profile pictures to the image of a cross within a crescent – the symbol of an “Egypt for All”. Around the city, banners went up calling for unity, and depicting mosques and churches, crosses and crescents, together as one.