Dr. Mohamed Mounir Meghaed, coordinator for Egyptians Against Religious Discrimination (MARED), said that the Muslim Brotherhood uses religious defamation accusations as a way to terrorize religious minorities in Egypt.
He added that the law is used against ordinary citizens but not public figures. “The judiciary is not separate from society so it can adopt double standards regarding these cases,” he stated.
“President Mohamed Morsi is not a president of all Egyptians as he claims, rather he is the Brotherhood’s representative in the presidency.”
The latest public opinion poll conducted by The Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research (Baseera) revealed that Egyptians have continued to show dissatisfaction with President Morsy’s job. The approval rating has hit a record low, with only 46 percent of Egyptians saying they think he has performed well, slightly lower than the percentage observed in the last month poll, which reached 47%. This approval rating is much far behind the percentage he earned after the first hundred days, when 78% of Egyptians said they approved of his performance. ]
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Dr. Abdel Rahim Ali, head of the Arab Center for Studies, said that Copts under President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood regime are treated as “infidels” and are not even seen as second-class citizens.
Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria renewed demands Saturday for authorities to reveal who planned the bombing of the Two Saints Church that left 23 Copts dead on 1 January.
Nader Morcos of the Coptic Ecclesiastical Council in Alexandria criticized the slow pace of the investigation and lack of steps taken to compensate the families of those killed, eight months after the attack took place.
He said the Coptic Orthodox Church is demanding the intervention of the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Hussein Tantawi, and Prime Minister Essam Sharaf to speed up the process of providing redress for the murders.
Morcos added that a lawyer has been assigned to request the attorney general call for expediting the investigation.
The lawyer for the church and the families of those killed, Joseph Malak, told Al-Masry Al-Youm that several legal procedures will be undertaken to address what he described as the deliberate slowness of the investigation.
Malak said Copts are wondering why the investigation into the killings is taking so long, and that many of them believe that religious discrimination is continuing after the revolution.
News reports have said that documents seized from the now-disbanded State Security Investigation Services after the revolution implicated ex-Interiror Minister Habib al-Adly in the attack. This information, however, has not been confirmed by any official source.
Al-Masry Al-Youm 28/08/2011
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