Following the attacks on the Tanta and Alexandria churches on April 9, Egyptian cleric Khaled Al-Gindi said: "If the [terrorists] want to destroy churches... open the mosques for our Christian brothers to pray in." He was speaking on the Egyptian DMC TV channel.
Khaled Al-Gindi: As a matter of fact, we should not point the finger at anybody in particular. We all share responsibility [for the Coptic church attacks]. Anyone who thinks he does not share the responsibility - let him raise his hand and show himself.
These terrorists did not fall from the sky. They are present in our midst. The [terrorist] who obtained an explosives belt came from an Egyptian neighborhood, an Egyptian village, or an Egyptian street.
Note that they are focusing their efforts on a specific sector of Egypt - on our Coptic brothers. They are trying to sever them from our country, and to make our Coptic brothers feel as if they do not belong in the country. I call upon Al-Azhar to exert further efforts in order to put an end to this quickly. If the [terrorists] want to destroy churches, we should open the mosques for the [Copts] to pray in. I am a sheikh, and I say this live on air: Open the mosques for our Christian brothers to pray in. I think that this is the best message that we can send.