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Still no claim of responsibility for Cairo church bombing

Anger continues to grow over what is seen as inaction on the part of the Egyptian government after a bombing yesterday morning at the Coptic cathedral in Cairo. This is the second major attack to have occurred in Cairo in three days, after an explosion at a security checkpoint killed six police officers on Friday.

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Muslims explain Muslim neighborhoods to Ted Cruz

In more news related to Republican Presidential hopefuls making statements seen by many as bigoted, racist and ungrounded in fact, the Twitterverse has responded to Ted Cruz’s suggestions following yesterday’s attacks in Brussels. From the Washington Post:

Reacting to Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Belgium, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz proposed a strategy for America: “We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods.”

Cruz’s spokeswoman said police already track areas where, for example, they suspect gang activity. But Democratic […]

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Perspectives on politics versus faith and the myth of radicalization in terrorism coverage

Peace for Paris image by artist Jean Jullien

In his Loose canon column for the Guardian, Dr. Giles Fraser opines that the narrative of radicalization is a myth which helps us avoid our responsibility in creating the conditions which have led to terrorism committed by young, formerly secular, men.

From the op-ed:

We buy into the radicalisation hypothesis because we want evil to be mysterious and other; something that has nothing to do with us. We want to tell ourselves that we are secular and […]

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Fourth blogger critical of extremists murdered in Bangladesh

NPR reports that Niloy Chakrabati Neel, a blogger who advocated for a secular society and criticized Islamic extremists, was murdered by members of Ansar-al-Islam, a group US intelligence believes is an affiliate of al-Qaida.

From NPR:

As we reported in February, Bangladeshi-born U.S. citizen Avijit Roy, described as a science writer and blog site moderator, was also hacked to death by a pair of attackers who assaulted him on a Dhaka street. The following month, 26-year-old Rahman was killed. In May, so was Das, […]

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Christians in a Muslim land: The church in Pakistan

The Episcopal News Service has just published a story on the challenges and resilience of Christians, a persecuted minority in Pakistan – just 1.5 percent of a population of 180 million, many imprisoned, falsely accused, harrassed and killed by extremist elements of a Muslim majority. Particularly recently:

Last month, two bomb blasts in a Christian neighborhood of the Pakistani city of Lahore killed 17 people and wounded more than 70 as worshipers attended Sunday Mass at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church […]

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Double standard in media coverage of ISIL/ISIS recruits?

Emma Barnett writes that we need to stop pitying the young women joining the Islamic State.

From the Telegraphy:

And yet people insist upon dismissing these girls as victims – bestowing them with pity instead of the anger and scorn that is lavished upon the young Western men joining Isil.

Last month, Barnett wrote another piece in which she characterized the women as marginalized people seeking acceptance in the face of an oppressive Western system. It seems at odds with her latest piece, […]

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Photo of candles and a "Je Suis Charlie" banner arrange as a memorial

Updated: Reactions to Charlie Hebdo and the terrorist attack

Brother Karekin M Yarian, BSG, an Episcopal friar in San Francisco, has written a Facebook post on his complex feelings about Charlie Hebdo and the public response to the terrorist attacks in France.

His Facebook blog, written under the name PunkMonk, expresses sympathy for the victims of these attacks, but simultaneously explains why he can’t identify with the solidarity message of “Je suis Charlie”.

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Statements on the Paris terror attacks

UPDATE 2: A second statement from Bishop Whalon – see below.

UPDATE: The Archbishop of Canterbury has a statement – see below.

Terrorists attacked the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo killing several members of the staff. The dean of the American Cathedral in Paris and Bishop Whalon of The Episcopal Church in Europe have issued statements.

From the Cathedral dean:

January 7, 2015

Dear members and friends of the Cathedral,

We are all in shock and grief following today’s brutal shootings at Charlie […]

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