33. A Copt’s belongingness to Christianity

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The article tackles the church’s taking a political trend

in respect to rumors circulated about the state’s refusal to give part of its authority in favor

of the church.

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In reference to some indications Counselor Tariq al-Bishrī recently made

about the state’s giving up a part of its authority in favor of the church, one may see this as

promotional for two issues. The first of which, however, is the church’s interpolation of

religion into politics. The second, respectively, is the hegemony exerted by the church on the

Coptic concern. Such promotion however may be fallible.
On the one hand, the church’s

forcing of religion into politics is inexact, mainly because an authoritative state like that of

Egypt cannot allow the church to share its sovereignty. On the other hand, there is no real

Egyptian citizen who accepts the transformation of a religious organization into a political one

to ensure that it will not deviate from its main cause.
The due respect Egyptian citizens

pay the church does not mean that they should follow it blindly as many Copts are members of

various political channels in the country. Consequently, the limited alignment of Christian

citizens with their church is dysfunctional since it does not fit into the interests of Coptic

citizenship or, in other words, the Egyptian one.

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