Islam teaches tolerance? Yes. This is how: Non Muslims living under Islamic law or in Muslim nations must pay Jizya and accept other humiliating conditions and also accept the supremacy of Islam and Muslims; as long as Non Muslims live by these conditions (fully documented here) (this whole contract is called institution of dhimma) Islamic law gives them protection i.e it allows Non Muslims to live. Some of these conditions are like 1: Non Muslims can not testify in a court of law against Muslims. 2: Non Muslims can not build their places of worship. 3: Non Muslims can not repair their existing places of worship. 4: Non Muslims must not practice their faith publicly. 5: Non Muslims must not display their religious symbols in public. 6: Non Muslims should not proselytize. 7: Non Muslims should stay on the sidelines if they come across Muslims on roads. 8: The value of life of Non Muslims is never equal to the value of life of Muslims. 10: Non Muslims should neither covet Muslim women nor marry Muslim women; but Muslim men can marry Non Muslim women ...and the list goes on. But, the recorded history shows that even accepting and living under these conditions never guaranteed physical security nor material security. And without saying, if any infidel breaks this covenant i.e. cross the line....huhhhh. And this is pure Islamic tolerance! So, when a Coptic Christian marries a Muslim girl hell breaks loose (read the condition # 10).
First, this whole thing started when a 40 year old Christian man was in relationship with a Muslim girl (here):
A mob of nearly four thousand Muslims has attacked Coptic homes this evening in the village of Soul, Atfif in Helwan Governorate, 30 kilometers from Cairo, and torched the Church of St. Mina and St. George....Witnesses report the mob prevented the fire brigade from entering the village. The army, which has been stationed for the last two days in the village of Bromil, 7 kilometers from Soul, initially refused to go into Soul, according to the officer in charge. When the army finally sent three tanks to the village, Muslim elders sent them away, saying that everything was "in order now."
This incident (of attacks on Coptics) was triggered by a relationship between 40-year-old Copt Ashraf Iskander and a Muslim woman. Yesterday a "reconciliation" meeting was arranged between the relevant Coptic and Muslim families and together with the Muslim elders it was decided that Ashraf Iskander would have to leave the village because Muslims torched his house.
The father of the Muslim woman was killed by his cousin because he did not kill his daughter to preserve the family's honor, which led the woman's brother to avenge the death of his father by killing the cousin. The village Muslims blamed the Christians.
The Muslim mob attacked the church, exploding 5-6 gas cylinders inside the church, pulled down the cross and the domes and burnt everything inside...Coptic activist Wagih Yacoub reported the mob has broken into Coptic homes and has called on Copts to leave the village. "Terrorized Copts have fled and some hid in homes of Muslim neighbors," he added. Witnesses said the mob chanted "Allahu Akbar" and vowed to conduct their morning prayers on the church plot after razing it.How did it come to all this after involved families have settled the dispute i.e asking Coptic man to leave the village? The answer is Friday sermon in a mosque (here):
CBN News has learned new information about the recent attack against Christian homes and a church in the town of Soul, Atfif, Helwan Governorate not far from Cairo.
Coptic contacts told CBN News, the Muslim mob that attacked the Christians did so at the urging of Mullah Ahmed Abu El-Dabah.
They said during noon prayers at his mosque last Friday, March 4, the imam told attendees the “kaffirs” (infidels) had caused a lover’s dispute that led to the death of two Muslims the day before. He allegedly incited Muslims to rid the town of all Christians.
Forty-year old Coptic Ashraf Iskander was reportedly in a relationship with a Muslim woman. Village elders— Muslims and Christians agreed that Iskander needed to leave the village.
CBN News has learned that the woman’s father entered into a heated argument with his cousin and the cousin demanded that more be done. He insisted it was not enough for Iskander to leave the village—the woman had dishonored the family and should be killed.
The woman’s father argued that his daughter not be killed; only Iskander should be required to leave. Guns were drawn and the cousin killed the woman’s father. The woman’s brother then killed the cousin to avenge the death of the father.
Some Muslims refused to participate in he assault against Copts, saying that the Christians should be left alone--the incident was the result of an honor killing and only Iskander and his family should be punished.
At approximately 3 a.m. Saturday, a mob of several thousand Muslims attacked, burned and looted Christian homes and the Virgin Mary and St. George Church.....When Coptics started protesting against destruction of churches and also demanding that Govt. rebuild those churches, local Government promised to build Churches but in a different place for the simple reason that whats remaining out of church was converted in to a mosque called 'Al-Ramla Mosque'. Of course, Islam is very good at this: converting other's places of worship in to mosques as it is part of sacred Islamic rituals for humiliating infidels. And the protests by Coptic Christians continued this time in front of National TV building. When they blocked a road, it lead to direct clashes between Muslims and Coptics resulting in death of 9 Coptics. Full report here:
According to Father Abram Fahmy, pastor of St. Simon the Tanner Monastery in Mokatam Hills, on the outskirts of Cairo, Copts were killed and injured today in a fresh attack by Muslims. It was reported the Egyptian army fired live ammunition on Copts. The attack has claimed until now the lives of 9 Copts and injured 150, 45 seriously.
Muslims threw fire balls at the Monastery from the top of the hills. Coptic youth have arrested five of them, who are now being held within the Monastery grounds, waiting to be handed over to the authorities.
Eight homes and 20 garbage recycling factories owned by Copts have been torched, as well as 30 garbage collection vehicles.
The incident started when 500 Coptic demonstrators from Manshier Nasr, also known as "Garbage City," which is near the Monastery, were on their way to join the Coptic protest near the Egyptian TV Building, to show their solidarity with the Copts of the village of Soul in Atfif, who were forcibly displaced from their village and their church torched (AINA 3-5-2011). Nearly 15,000 Muslims from the nearby area of Sayeda Aisha and Mokattam, who were armed with weapons including automatic guns, confronted the Copts.......Yet again, frustrating thing is, media shows the way how to report incidents of acts involving Islamic supremacism (here). No wonder then that many people still continue to believe that Islam teaches 'TOLERANCE'.
Note (updated 03/15/2011): It looks like Egyptian military decided to construct the church in the original place itself despite protests from Islamists.