January 17, 2014
AT LEAST NO ONE WILL PRETEND...
Egypt's Coptic Church Takes Rare Foray Into Politics (MATT BRADLEY and TAMER EL-GHOBASHY, 1/16/14, WSJ)
During the campaign over the new military-backed charter, the minority religion's church took a rare posture of open advocacy for it, with Coptic priests preaching the document's virtues to churchgoers. And Pope Tawadros II, the church's newly elected patriarch, broke with the institution's usually muted politics to urge Egyptians to vote "yes" in an editorial in the country's state-owned newspapers.[...]But the church's public position has irked some of its leaders and rank and file. They caution that the move is opening the Middle East's largest Christian population--Copts make up about 10% of the population--to accusations that they are part of a Western-backed conspiracy. Others say the move undermines Egyptian Copts' customary stance that religion should be separated from matters of state.
...that they aren't anti-democratic anymore.
Posted by Orrin Judd at January 17, 2014 12:14 PM