THE COPTIC CHURCH AND POLITICS

Posted: April 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

ON COPTIC NATIONALISM في القومية القبطية

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St. Mark and his Lion, Coptic icon by Fadi Mikhail, UK.

Those who ask the Church to stay away from politics are either deluded and misguided or devious predators.

The Church of Egypt cannot be but political – an apolitical role for the Church cannot and will not be possible, even if it wants to. The presence of the Church in a predominantly Muslim society, that is backward and oppressive, necessitates that the Church takes a political role – and we want it to use that role for the good of the nation.

It is a fallacy to accuse the Church of hampering the growth of Coptic laity politicians. Both Church and Laity can work in politics side by side and assist each other in common goals.

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The stance of the Coptic Church following the massacre of Al-Khusus and attack on the Coptic Cathedral in Abbassiyya, Cairo, is something…

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