Tagged with Youssef Sidhom

Despite 600 Deaths, Egypt’s Christians Support Military’s Eviction of pro-Morsi Protestors

Despite 600 Deaths, Egypt’s Christians Support Military’s Eviction of pro-Morsi Protestors

From my recent article in Christianity Today: Despite the deaths of more than 500 Muslim Brotherhood supporters and the resulting retaliation against Christian targets nationwide, Egypt’s Christian community stands with yesterday’s decision by the military-backed transitional government to break-up the pro-Morsi sit-ins. “If a peaceful sit-in took place in Times Square and locked down the … Continue reading

Protest and Prayer in Egypt

Protest and Prayer in Egypt

Rarely has a constitution so divided a nation. Protests, both for and against and sometimes violent, have filled the street. Egypt’s Christians, meanwhile, are caught in the middle. Though united against the proposed draft, their responses have varied considerably. “It was definitely right for Christians to protest,” said Youssef Sidhom, editor-in-chief of the Coptic newspaper … Continue reading

Morsy Moves against the Army: How to Write about it?

Morsy Moves against the Army: How to Write about it?

It has taken me a long time to write anything about the Sunday surprise: President Morsy forcing the resignation of senior military men Mohamed Tantawi and Sami Anan. At the same time, he unilaterally canceled the army announcement appropriating legislative authority and constitutional oversight to itself. Morsy then gave himself these privileges. Much of my … Continue reading

Copts Split over Boycott of Clinton over Support for ‘Islamo-Fascism’ in Middle East

Copts Split over Boycott of Clinton over Support for ‘Islamo-Fascism’ in Middle East

This article was originally published at Lapido Media on August 1, 2012. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared religious freedom in Egypt to be ‘quite tenuous’ following the releaseof the 2011 International Religious Freedom Report. Despite chronicling several instances of sectarian violence against Coptic Christians, their community finds itself increasingly divided over its longstanding … Continue reading

Egyptian Christians Back to Square One

Posting to the blog has been a little scarce these days, after a furious run-up to the elections. The good news is that the writing focus has been directed to publications seeking coverage, and the first of these was published this afternoon at Christianity Today. I hope another one will come due next week, but … Continue reading

Many Copts Anxious as Islamists Win Majority in Parliament

Egypt’s parliamentary elections are over. While noting irregularities, former US president Jimmy Carter, through his Carter Center for promoting democracy, has judged the elections to be “acceptable.” When the first post-Mubarak parliament opens session today (January 23) its composition will be 72 percent Islamist. The celebrated chant of Tahrir Square – “Muslims and Christians are … Continue reading

Islamist Victory: What Next for Copts, Liberals?

During the January revolution in Egypt many, including Christians, feared the worst. Behind the euphoria of courageous demonstrations for freedom lurked an Islamist threat believed to be anti-Western and anti-Christian. Nearly a year on, early results foretell its decisive victory. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party is tagged to receive 40% of the vote, … Continue reading