20. AWR Daily Overview, March 7, 2013: Sectarian tension is a result of emotional stances

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Dr. Ahmad al-Tayyīb, Azhar’s Grand Shaykh, minimized the sectarian tensions in Egypt between Muslims and Christians, describing it as “individual behaviors that came as a result of emotional, social or political stances and these individuals cover them under religion” (Fathī Majdī, al-Misrīyūn, Mar. 7, p. 3). Read original text in Arabic.

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That came during a “Family House” training session to “rationalize religious discourse”. The training included a number of Azharians and Christian preachers (Fathī Majdī, al-Misrīyūn, Mar. 7, p. 3). Read original text in Arabic.

Additionally, al-Tayyīb said that there is no sectarian strife in Egypt between Muslims and Christians. He called Islamic and Christian clerics to confront any fanaticism from both sides with wisdom and good preaching (Author not mentioned, al-Dustūr, Mar. 7, p. 4). Read original text in Arabic

Pastor Ridā Thābit, President of Synod of the Nile (the High Council of the Evangelical Church), said that Egypt will not gain from the haphazardness except shame, adding that the haphazardness of the regime embarrasses Egypt in front of the world.

That came during a press conference organized by the Synod of the Nile in Alexandria.  A number of 150 pastors attended this conference (Majdī Fikrī and Sahar Sa’d Allah, al-Dustūr, Mar. 7, p. 2). Read original text in Arabic.

Pastor Ridā also said that 200 Christian families from the Evangelical Church in Alexandria migrated from Egypt since 1995 (Rānīyā Nabīl, al-Sabāh, Mar. 7, p. 4). Read original text in Arabic.

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