An Al Qaida-linked website has targeted Canadian Coptic Christians and has apparently provoked an unusual response from the police.
Instead of planning to protect Canadian Coptic Christians from violence, the RCMP has instead advised them that they may not be able to protect them from any violence planned against them. As a result, Canadian Coptics – who celebrate according the Julian calendar, placing Christmas on January 7 – will conclude their public celebrations with the reading of the liturgy. This means that several celebrations, including a Christmas dinner, will be cancelled.
According to the CBC, worries about possible attacks on Canadian Coptic Christians heightened after a recent bomb-related arrest in Ottawa. Many Canadians were hoping that this arrest was notrelated to radical Islamic terrorism, but the CBC’s report may give adequate reason to suspect otherwise.
Brian Lilley is far from the only Canadian wondering precisely how the RCMP’s A Division has influenced the decision to cancel these events. If they have, this is cause for a great deal of alarm
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