Under Islamic law, dhimmis are forbidden to claim about their plight or criticize their Muslim overlords. So over the centuries, dhimmi Christians (and others) learned that how you get along was to tell any outsider that things were great, and that they loved their Muslim masters. Otherwise, things would go even worse for the dhimmi communities. That attitude still remains prevalent among many of the Christians of the Middle East. It's like a reflex: they know not to criticize Islam or to suggest that anything is wrong with their situation, because they know that if they do, it will get even worse for them. Father Hani Bakhoum Kiroulos knows the game that he has to play. But nothing he says can erase the horrible record of Muslim persecution of Christians in Egypt.
Coptic Catholic official: church attacks do not point to Muslim-Christian conflict in Egypt CWN October 30, 2013
The secretary of the patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church has told Aid to the Church in Need that attacks on Christian churches in Egypt are not evidence of religious conflict between Muslims and Christians.
“The idea that this involves a conflict between Muslims and Christians simply isn’t borne out by the reality,” said Father Hani Bakhoum Kiroulos. “It’s not only Christians who are being attacked, but also state institutions.”
“The attackers want to provoke us Christians into calling for Western intervention, for instance from the USA or European countries,” he continued. “This would internationalize the conflict and disrupt national unity … But this tactic won't work. We Christians have shown that we are genuine Egyptians.”
“During the rule of the Muslim Brother[hood] many terrorists entered the country,” he added, referring to the regime of ousted President Mohamed Morsi. “This is a terrorist problem that affects all Egyptians equally, not only the Christians. Egypt is conducting a war on terrorism.”