Jump directly to the content

Coptic Leaders Condemn Film As Muslim Protests Kill 28 in 10 Countries

"Innocence of Muslims" linked to Coptic Christian activists in the U.S.

Coptic leaders in the U.S. and Egypt are strongly denouncing "Innocence of Muslims," the anti-Islam film that has generated violent protests in dozens of countries, and appealing for calm. In Afghanistan, a suicide bombing related to the film killed 14 foreigners in Kabul today, bringing the total killed to 28 people in 10 countries, according to the New York Times.

In Southern California, Coptic leaders joined local Muslim leaders in issuing statements condemning the film, as well as "any attacks against religious communities, Coptic or Muslim in particular, both in Egypt and in the United States."

The statements said that neither the film nor its filmmakers should define the sentiments of the Coptic community.

As CT previously noted, media reports originally said the film was produced by a Jewish filmmaker named Sam Bacile. However, later reports have confirmed that Bacile was a false name, and that the film is instead likely linked to Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a Coptic Christian in Los Angeles who has disclaimed responsibility for the film.

As a result, the identity of the true filmmakers remains unclear. The Washington Post reports that "Joseph Nassralla Abdelmasih, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and Morris Sadek — all Coptic Christians who live in the U.S. — have emerged as the producers and promoters of the anti-Muslim film."

But Nasralla, who runs a Christian nonprofit called Media for Christ and allowed filmmakers to use his office for shooting, claims he was misled regarding the type of film being produced. American actors who appear in the film also claim to have been misled about the film's true purpose.

Related Topics:Middle East
Posted:September 18, 2012 at 1:19PM
Gleanings aggregates what others are reporting. Learn more.
Recent Posts
Can Wheaton College Require ROTC Program Be Run By Christians?
US Army reviews nationwide policy for ROTC profs, who are paid by military but work as full-time faculty.
Died: R. Judson Carlberg, Christian Higher Ed Leader, Biologos Chair
On Thanksgiving, he once wrote, 'I am thankful for cancer. James 1:2-3... Life is richer, trust is stronger and relationships are deeper.'
Politics
President Obama Cites Exodus on Immigration Reform: 'We Were Strangers Once Too'
(UPDATED) Reactions from Sam Rodriguez, Russell Moore, Jenny Yang, Noel Castellanos on Obama's motive vs. method.
Pope Francis Learns What Rick Warren, Russell Moore, N. T. Wright Think about Marriage
(UPDATED) Warren turns Vatican conference into 'revivalist meeting,' while Moore explains why marriage crosses theological boundaries.
Christianity Today
Coptic Leaders Condemn Film As Muslim Protests Kill 28 in 10 ...