Michael Munīr, the head of the U.S. Copts Association [See: http://www.copts.com/], attacked Egypt for discriminating against Christians before the U.S. Committee on Religious Freedom which was formed by the U.S. Congress. He told Sawt al-Ummah that he will not rest until he makes sure that the Egyptian government takes action against discrimination of Christians. He also pointed out that he testified against Egypt when the committee asked him about images of prejudice against Christians and Bahā’īs in Egypt.
“I talked to the committee and commented on discrimination against Christians in Egypt especially after the incident of al-‘Ayāt,” Michael Munīr said. When asked if such testimony would be considered interfering with the Egyptian interior affairs, Munīr said that the United States fosters Egypt economically, militarily and culturally; “so, it is the right of the committee to interfere with Egyptian interior affairs,” he added. “Unfortunately, Egypt is one of the most abusing countries in relation to religious minorities.”
Munīr asserted that rejecting the idea to amend the second article of the Egyptian Constitution which mentions that Islam is the official religion of the state is evidence that there is some sort of bias in Egypt. “This article is used to formulate laws against Christians,” he said.
In al-Usbūc newspaper [May 26, 2007, p. 6], Alā’ Hamzah reported that Michael Munīr asked the U.S. Committee on Religious Freedom to investigate images of discrimination committed in Egypt against religious minorities, especially Christians. She added that he also asked the U.S. government to ask Egypt to pay more attention to problems of the Christians through helping them build more churches and working on reforming the educational curricula that focus on the idea of Egypt as an Islamic state forcing Christian students to study and memorize verses from the Qur’ān.