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Egyptian Muslims protest play with violence, death

The Middle East has more than its share of violence and death. Irony is sometimes the closest it gets to humor.

A movie shown in Egypt, entitled "I once was blind but now I see," involved the travails of a Coptic Christian and his interaction with Muslims. The story line revolved around a poor Coptic youth drawn to Islamic militants. The militants ultimately try to kill the Copt.

Egyptian Muslims thought the depiction of Muslims in the play as violent was insulting. So much so that they protested it.

Five thousand Muslim protesters marched Wednesday on the Coptic church in Alexandria, Egypt, that first showed the play in 2003.

Police tried to block the church from the onslaught, but dozens were injured. One man died when the protesters trampled him.

Another Muslim stabbed a nun to protest the sale of a DVD of the play.

The protesters threw stones at the church and police officers, injuring 20. They set cars on fire.

Only in the Middle East could religious people protest being depicted as violent by being violent.

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