The recent attack on a Coptic Christian service in Egypt, which left 21 dead, was a terrible atrocity and not a happy way for the transition from 2010 to 2011 to be marked. However, Egyptian news source Ahram reports that a service on Thursday night this week, the Coptic Christmas Eve, were surrounded by crowds of Muslims not to hinder them but to provide a human shield as a gesture of solidarity.
Egypt is unique among predominantly Muslim countries because it has such a large Christian minority (about 10% was the figure I heard earlier this week) and is not one of the places leading militant Islamacist fundamentalism. However, this is still a wonderfully encouraging piece of news. When people are willing to demonstrate what they believe in not with violence but by using their bodies to protect others, there is a hope that good changes will follow.