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Terror by the minute

Islam | Across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East terrorist attacks unfolded seemingly simultaneously in January, a product of bigger, better-financed Islamic jihadists driven by a singular ideology. ‘The West is duly terrified. But it should not be...
by Jamie Dean
Posted 1/23/15, 01:00 am

On the evening before Islamist terrorists burst into the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, an Egyptian Muslim slipped into a Coptic church in Cairo, surrounded by a cadre of armed men.

The unexpected outsider approached the altar of St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral and turned to face a crowd of stunned Christians. But this was no attacker: This was their president wishing them Merry Christmas.

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A poor weapon

Islam | Islamic terrorists must be stopped, but crude satire isn’t the way to do it
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 1/23/15, 01:00 am

If I were to suggest that most of the residents of an inner city neighborhood were poor, partly at least because they were unmarried high-school dropouts with lots of kids who either got by on welfare or worked only long enough to pay this month’s rent, someone within hearing would accuse me of blaming the victim.

If I observed that a victim of rape acted unwisely when she wore short shorts and a halter top to a pool hall frequented by drunken deadbeats after midnight, I would be pounced upon with cries of Blaming the Victim.

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'By our own hands'

Islam | Egypt’s president makes a historic call for Islamic leaders to launch a ‘religious revolution’ aimed at ending radical jihadism in their midst
by Jamie Dean
Posted 1/23/15, 01:00 am

When Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi visited the Coptic cathedral in Cairo on Jan. 6, it wasn’t the first time the former military official surprised religious leaders.

Many Christians cheered and snapped photos during al-Sisi’s historic visit to the church, but the mood was far more subdued when the president addressed a group of prominent Muslim leaders at Al-Azhar University five days earlier.

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