MPAC Condemns ‘Heinous Criminal’ Terrorist Act Against Egyptian Church On New Year's Eve

January 1, 2011

The Muslim Public Affairs Council today condemned the bomb blast that killed at least 21 people and injured nearly 80 others at a Coptic Christian Church in Alexandria, Egypt during a New Years mass just after midnight.  

SEE: Egypt Church Bomb Kills 21 at New Year's Mass (CBS News)

It was the deadliest violence involving Christians in more than a decade, and comes on the heels of several attacks and threats made to Christian minority communities in Egypt and the broader Middle East.

“We as Muslim Americans are horrified, along with Christians and all people of faith, of this atrocious act,” said MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati. “Whoever committed this evil act, especially during a religious service, can only be described as a heinous criminal.”  

MPAC mourns the loss of Christian lives and opposes any effort to cleanse Christians from Egypt, Iraq or any other country in the Middle East, which has been the home of Christianity since the birth of Christ.  MPAC will reach out to Coptic Christian leaders in the U.S. to mourn together, offer any assistance needed at this perilous time, and work together for greater protection and harmony between Muslims and Christian minorities abroad.

SEE ALSO: On Christmas, A Call for Muslim-Christian Cooperation (MPAC)

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