54. The Coptic explosion

Publisher (s):
Article summary: 

Hilmī says that last Sunday’s newspapers were flooded by photos of the Bishop and Governor of Giza together, implying that the two are now on good terms. Bishop Theodosius along with an ecclesial delegation visited Governor Sayyid ‘Abd al-‘Azīz’s office, then the Head of Giza Security’s office to apologize for last Wednesday’s ‘Umrāniyyah riots.

Hilmī says he was troubled by one of the Bishop's comments, as quoted by al-Ahrām, al-Jumhūrīyyah and al-Shurūq al-Jadīd, where he blamed a number of “non-Copts” for igniting the situation. The author wishes to know exactly where Bishop Theodosius places the blame.

The permit issued for the building is believed to originally have been for a service center; not a church. Hilmī asks why Copts may have attempted to illegally build a church and why they were allowed to do so until last Wednesday. It was also reported that the governor met with a number of priests on Tuesday night, allowing them to finish the required paperwork for the building to proceed as a church. Hilmī asks why the correct paperwork wasn’t completed in the first place.

He says that Egypt's alleged secular state is becoming weaker and weaker in the face of religion and that people are using that to their advantage. As the Muslim majority becomes more extremist, says Hilmī, so does the Coptic minority. This extremism and lack of respect for the law combined with the government’s weakness in front of religion are what cause events such as the ‘Umrāniyyah riots.

Share this