Apparently those (extreme and inexplicable?) Egyptian Coptic activists have been familiar figures to Egypt’s Coptic community.
So when Salafists took to protest, Coptic Christians also took to the street:
The demonstrators were Coptic Christians, and they were there to denounce the stupid, incendiary we-hate-Muslims film allegedly produced by an Israeli Jew named Sam Bacile and promoted via the Internet by the self-styled Coptic-American activist Morris (or, as he sometimes calls himself, Maurice) Sadek. Sadek is well known for risible exaggeration about the proportion of Copts in the Egyptian population and clumsy attempts to exploit Islamophobia in the West to “help” his co-religionists in Egypt. That this film is also lauded by knuckle-dragging Florida evangelical Terry Jones — he of Qur’an-burning infamy — is telling in more ways than one.
And these strange fringe activists want to make Muslims look bad globally.
- So make a terrible movie about Islam
- Show to Muslim people
- Then Muslim people will take it to the street
- The world sees Muslim people doing mob attacks (on US embassies)
There could be more behind this ‘plot’, but for this part - this explanation is kind of fitting and sufficient - for now.
it is clear that the images that Sadek and his ilk want the world to see are those of Muslim protesters scaling the US Embassy walls and burning the American flag. (Copts, on the other hand, should only appear as victims.) The film they are hawking is grade-D agit-prop intended to instill hatred, not just of Muslims, but also in Muslims, and thereby fulfill its own prophecy of an inevitable clash of civilizations. There’s no quicker way to stir up these antipathies than to imply an Israeli connection, playing upon anger about Palestine (and, yes, some anti-Semitism) among people conditioned by decades of deceitful state media practices to see a “foreign hand” behind everything. In this project, they find willing de facto collaborators among salafis, who also take advantage of prejudice and poor education for their own purposes.
And the Copts of Egypt, who have long regarded Sadek with bemused contempt, are right in the middle of the whole toxic mess, forced by people with an Islamophobic agenda constantly to assert their patriotism and sense of belonging in Egypt, much as Muslims have to do in the United States.
(Source: http://egyptianchronicles.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-protest-that-everybody-ignored.html )
But then - it is also true that Coptic Christians not feeling very insecure in current/recent Egypt’s situation. (Recent wave of attacks)