Tag: Religion in Egypt

The Salafists Honor 9/11

Well, at least the Egyptians decided to do something to honor the day:

Angry protesters climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and hauled down the American flag, replacing it with a black standard with Islamic emblems, apparently in protest of the production of a film thought to insult the Prophet Mohammed.

The incident prompted a volley of warning shots to be fired as a large crowd gathered outside, said CNN producer Mohammed Fahmy, who was on the scene.

The replacement flag read, “There is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger.”

Others expressed more general grievances about U.S. policy, chanting anti-American slogans and holding up bits of a shredded American flag to television camera crews in front of the embassy.

This is supposedly anger over an anti-Muhammed film, but I can’t find any details what precise film they are objecting to. There are vague rumors of some Coptic-funded thing as well as an association with Terry Jones, the guy who burnt a Koran. But that sounds more like an excuse to attack Coptic Christians than anything else. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is no such film.

I also can’t believe protesting today is a coincidence. The entire world knows what today is the anniversary of.