The Tensions Between Copts and Muslims in Egypt

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Islamist extremist groups. Egyptian authorities ended up charging seven Coptic Christians living in the United States for insulting Islam and harming national unity, which is more symbolic than literal, for the fact that all seven live outside Egypt. The tensions between Copts and Muslims in Egypt have risen recently due to the release of the low-budget film. As protests continued to erupt across the Muslim world, many Libyans condemned the attacks that happened on their soil and came together in a demonstration to show the United States that the attack did not represent Libya or Libyans, with signs reading phrases such as, “Chris Stevens was a friend to all Libyans,” “Sorry people of America, this is not the behavior of our Islam and…show more content…
Many on the conservative right accused him of being an “apologist” for Islamic terrorism and the killing of the four Americans. This became a hot topic in the presidential debates in October, when presidential candidate Mitt romney accused Obama of having gone on an “apology tour,” where President Obama “apologized” to other nations for American behavior, particularly in the case of the anti-Islamic film. He referenced a statement released by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, which stated that it condemned efforts to “hurt the religious feelings of Muslims,” and that they “firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.” Romney affirmed, as well as other Conservatives, that the current administration’s response to the attacks were not to condemn them, but to apologize to those who executed them. This also led to a debate on how soon after the attacks Obama referred to the events as “terrorist attacks.” It was affirmed that he did not immediately classify the attacks as “terrorist” in nature, of which Romney accused him during one of the debates. This was a buzz topic for days in the media, as a fact check revealed that the President had actually delivered a statement the day following the attacks, condemning the actions as “acts of terror.” Despite the myth having been debunked, even after the elections had ended and
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