The single greatest priority of the United States and other Western governments towards Egypt should be to encourage the drafting of a constitution based on full equality of all citizens. This means the new constitution cannot be based in Sharia law.
Sheikh Yusuf Burhami, a leader of Egypt’s Salafi movement—which, since the ousting of the Brotherhood, has become the primary Islamist party—recently issued a fatwa arguing that the biblical statement attributed to Jesus—“Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's" (Matt 22:21)—could not, as widely held by Christians for some two millennia, have meant that Jesus supported the separation of church and state, “because,” in Burhami’s words, “a separation between church and religion contradicts the texts of the Koran.”
Coptic Solidarity participated in a Leadership Conference organized by the Middle East Christians Committee (MECHRIC) in Brussels, on November 5 and 6. Participants came from Mideast countries, Europe, US, Canada and Australia, representing key NGOs of the Assyrian, Chaldean, Coptic, Maronite and Syriac communities. Click for photos.
Yesterday a report appeared indicating how the Muslim Brotherhood in Minya, Upper Egypt, are still trying to incite violence against the Coptic Christian minority. Journalist Yusuf Bebawy reported that, "In an attempt to instigate sectarian strife and violence in the village, members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Shaheen Estate, Minya, accused a Coptic driver of having a sexual relationship with a Muslim woman." Accordingly, local police were quickly informed and intervened, including by carrying out an investigation. Both the man and woman claim innocence.
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