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    Christian DVD Sparks Riot

    Christian DVD sparks riot
    Muslims clash with police outside Egyptian church; 1 dead, 90 wounded

    http://money.cnn.com/index.html?cnn=yes

    (Gold9472: Religion will be the death of us all.)

    Friday, October 21, 2005; Posted: 10:01 p.m. EDT (02:01 GMT)

    ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (AP) -- One person died and more than 90 were injured as thousands of Muslims rioted outside a Coptic Christian church Friday to denounce a play deemed offensive to Islam. Police responded by beating protesters and firing tear gas into the crowd, officials said.

    Police said 53 protesters were arrested as people hurled stones, smashed windows and tried to storm St. George Church. Protesters also set a police car on fire and wrecked eight other cars, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

    A photographer for The Associated Press saw police fire rubber bullets into the crowd, causing injuries. Police claimed officers fired rubber bullets only into the air while trying to disperse the crowd.

    One protester, Mohammed Zakaraya Hassan, 48, died after being trampled and inhaling tear gas, according to a police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

    The Interior Ministry described the protesters as "fanatic elements" who "escalated a negative reaction to a play." The ministry said about 5,000 Muslims marched to the church after Friday noon prayers at mosques.

    "The police tried to prevent (the demonstrators) from approaching the church and attacking it, but the protesters did not heed the warnings and started to hurl stones at the church, security forces and pedestrians," the ministry said.

    The riot was sparked by the distribution of a DVD of a play that was performed at the church two years ago. The play, "I Was Blind But Now I Can See," tells the story of a young Christian who converts to Islam and becomes disillusioned.

    The church's director, the Rev. Augustinous, said it was difficult to explain the reaction to a one-time performance that took place two years ago.

    "There are so many questions on what is behind all of that," he told the AP in a telephone interview.

    He denied the play was offensive to Islam because its Christian hero is ultimately saved by a Muslim friend.

    Egyptian security officials accused Islamic militants of distributing the DVDs to stoke sectarian tensions ahead of legislative elections Nov. 9.

    The Muslim Brotherhood, the country's largest Islamic group, denied any involvement in Friday's demonstration.

    Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's 70 million people, who are overwhelmingly Muslim. Accusations of forced conversion are common in the country.

    Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
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    jetsetlemming Guest
    Gold, religon is not bad in itself. How do you reach that conclusion from an incedent where some Islamics started to riot in persecution of the Egyptian christians? Religon is the top contender for saving us all, as they tend to come along with MORAL GUILDLINES to prevent it's followers from acting like this. Did any Christians start a riot and get taken away by police after that "The jesus factor DVD" was released? No.

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