The days after Holy Week are always a bit overwhelming here at Weblog headquarters. Newspapers and magazines around the country run religion stories whether they're newsworthy or not, and our usual search terms get jillions of extraneous results. Still, there have been some truly interesting developments over the last few days, and we've combed through the world's publications to bring you
Today's Top Five
1. Two dead, 40 wounded, 100+ detained after three days of Egypt rioting
An Egyptian man, whom the government says suffers from "psychological disturbances," attacked three Coptic Christian churches in Alexandria, Egypt, on Friday. (In Egypt, it wasn't Good Friday, because the Copts and other Orthodox Christians celebrate Holy Week a week later than Western churches do.) One man was killed in the attacks, and local Muslims reportedly didn't like what they heard chanted during the Saturday funeral march. As they say, rioting broke out. The Associated Press reported:
Police fought back against Coptic Christians, who were encircled by a security cordon around the Saints Church in downtown Alexandria after hurling stones and bottles from inside the police line. Fellow demonstrators tossed Molotov cocktails from the balconies of nearby buildings.
Police could be seen repeatedly beating a boy of about 12, who was among the crowd of Coptic young people who fled into the church, slamming the doors behind them, or dashed down narrow streets surrounding the church. Most of the protesters were between the ages of 12 and 25.
Later, a huge mob of what appeared to be Muslim protesters charged the police cordon from the other side.
Mustafa Mohammed Mustafa, a Muslim Brotherhood parliamentarian, said a 24-year-old Muslim died early Sunday ...1