Tagged with Copts

Tawadros Celebrates New Coptic Catholic Pope

Tawadros Celebrates New Coptic Catholic Pope

From MCN (behind paywall): Pope Tawadros II noted the word patriarch has three meanings; the first is fatherhood, as the patriarch is a father who carries the feelings of fatherhood which stem from the work of the Holy Spirit towards each one, adding humans need this feeling of fatherhood every day. “The second meaning is … Continue reading

Copts Protest to Deter Aggressors in Upper Egypt

From MidEast Christian News (behind paywall): Dozens of Copts assembled in front of the governorate building, over incidents such as these: Adel Wadie Fahmi said his house was seized by eight thugs, who forged contracts to prove ownership of the house land, and asked him to pay two million Egyptian pounds, roughly 300,000 USD, to … Continue reading

The Growing Pains of Salafi Politics

The Growing Pains of Salafi Politics

From my latest article in EgyptSource: The Salafi political movement experienced massive transition in the past two weeks, enduring splits, recriminations, and leadership changes. Having long foresworn the political process, it is right and natural for growing pains to characterize their apparent embrace of democracy. Taking stock, three observations describe their current standing. These are: … Continue reading

Orient and Occident: Winter Edition

Orient and Occident: Winter Edition

From my latest article on Orient and Occident: ‘The church in Egypt is better resourced to participate in society than in other countries of the Arab world, whereas in Palestine/Israel it constitutes only 1% of the population,’ says Stephen Sizer, a renowned critic of Christian Zionism, who presented a series of lectures in Cairo, including … Continue reading

Egyptian Christians Face the Future Under New Islamist Law

Egyptian Christians Face the Future Under New Islamist Law

From my new article on Christianity Today, published December 28, 2012: Egyptian Christians spent this year’s Advent season awaiting more than the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Christmas Day dawned with Copts still processing the rushed passage of a new Islamist-backed constitution and its implications. Days before voting began on the hastily completed charter—which, despite only … Continue reading

Why did the Brotherhood Protest at the Palace?

Why did the Brotherhood Protest at the Palace?

From my new article in EgyptSource: Politics in Egypt has degenerated into the question: Who do you trust? A more critical question right now is: What was their plan? President Morsi addressed the nation late Thursday evening and tied Wednesday’s violence at the presidential palace to undefined ‘political parties’. If the vagary was intended to … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Bishop Tawadros

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Bishop Tawadros

God, Prayers have been plentiful in the Coptic Orthodox Church these past few weeks. The pleas of the faithful, complete with fasting, sought wisdom and providence in the selection of a new pope. When the lot fell on Bishop Tawadros, there was much contentment. So for now, let the prayers be simple. Give Tawadros space … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Blasphemy

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Blasphemy

God, Egypt’s legal and judicial history is historic and impressive. Yet like other societies with a strong legal tradition, litigation is common. One result is often the slow pace of justice as cases can be tied up in court for years. Yet this fact betrays the speed in which blasphemy cases have been processed recently. … Continue reading

Non-Traditional Justice in Upper Egypt

Non-Traditional Justice in Upper Egypt

Throughout Egypt the justice system is known to be very slow. Though it has a long and respectable history, as the population exploded and litigation increased, many turn to non-traditional methods to avoid spending a year or more in court. Sometimes, a non-traditional method can be thuggery. A landlord, for example, might expel by force … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Dahshur and Cabinet

God, It is good there is now a cabinet in place, because they have work to do. After a long delay, presumably over negotiations, President Morsy has now sworn in his new government. Public reaction is mostly blah. Most members are technocrats, there are few Muslim Brothers, and no Salafis. Some complain over the number … Continue reading

Wary of Morsy

This article was originally published in the Christian Century on July 17, 2012. President Mohamed Morsy’s decision to reinstate the dissolved parliament has set off a firestorm of debate in Egypt. Is Morsy fighting for full democracy against a military regime? Or is he trying to institute a full Islamist takeover of government? Christians worry … Continue reading

Clinton Visits Morsy amid Coptic Protests

Traditionally, it is the Copts who look to America for support of their minority rights. With the Muslim Brotherhood now in the presidency, though not in full power, some Copts wonder if the United States is switching sides. The statement of ‘looking to America’ should not be taken as normative. The Orthodox Church and most … Continue reading

A Protestant Pastor with President Morsy

I am currently working on an article summing up the Coptic reaction to President Morsy’s first days in office. Unfortunately, the publisher’s word count means squeezing out a few otherwise indicative quotes. One interesting quote that didn’t make the cut is from Rev. Mina el-Badry, a Protestant pastor from Minya in Upper Egypt. Responding to … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Counting Votes

God, It should be such an easy matter. Collect the ballots and count them. Unfortunately, it has become more complicated. One complication is the accusation of fraud. This is requiring more time to investigate the circumstances of each polling station, and in one case, of the printing house which made the ballots. The other, and … Continue reading