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.