THE KIND OF POLITICS BY THE COPTIC CHURCH THAT WE DON’T LIKE
I a previous article, The Coptic Church and Politics, we defended the right of the Coptic Church getting involved in politics; indeed, we said the involvement of the Coptic Church is unavoidable in a Muslim dominated society. As we said, “The Church of Egypt cannot be but political – an apolitical role for the Church cannot and will not be possible, even if it wants to. The presence of the Church in a predominantly Muslim society, that is backward and oppressive, necessitates that the Church takes a political role – and we want it to use that role for the good of the nation.”
But, even though we encouraged the participation of the Coptic Church in politics, we were thinking of the sort of participation that would enhance the legitimate interests of the Church and nation – those interests which are consistent with Christian teachings and are reflection of the principles of human dignity, liberty and justice.
In a previous article, When Even Diocletian Could Be Tolerant – The Trouble With Some Of Our Bishops: In Praise Of Islamism, we spoke about the sort of politics which Bishop Mousa, Bishop of Youth, was responsible for. Today, I would like to present you with another clergy – this time a priest, Boulos Ewida:
This is not just wrong, cheap and unwise politics, it’s unchristian too.
I have not come across any Copt who does not feel embarrassed and ashamed of such utterances.