AFP publishes a photo of a young Nazarene man raising the fingers of victory after burning buses they thought belonged to the Brotherhood

AFP publishes a photo of a young Nazarene* man raising the fingers of victory after burning buses they thought belonged to the Brotherhood 

23/3/2013

Ahmed Abdel Ghany

A photo was restored from AFP of a young Christian man after the burning of a Brotherhood bus at its headquarters in Moqattam, and a question that has been hidden in people’s chests for several months was asked.

Is it a war on creed?

Is it a renewed version of the crusade against Islam?

Is it a secular alliance with the Church to skin Egyptian society of the Islamic religion?

What does mean for a man who looks like a Salafi to be apprehended only for it to be revealed that he is actually a Nazarene within the ranks of Islamist protesters (this incident happened a few months ago)?

An isolated incident?

Well…why did that Christian lady wear a Muslim hijab and chant in demonstrations against the Egyptian president with Islamic ideology and affiliation?

Finally, was this young man who raises fingers in victory for burning buses told they belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood?

Is there anyone else other than them that have been uncovered through God’s will?

Is it time for vigilance before the nation is stripped of its identity?

Or is it time for sleep…it will take time.

* النصارى el-nasaara loosely translated as “of Nazareth”, is an arguably linguistically neutral term which has acquired a derogatory meaning by the fact that firstly, Egyptian Christians rarely, if ever, use the term to describe themselves and secondly, it has come to be associated with sectarian rhetoric used by some Islamists. We have chosen to translate the term as “Nazarenes”.

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