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February 12, 2014

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.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Samir permalink
    February 13, 2014 4:27 am

    Dear Brother in Christ,
    About involving our Orthodox church in politics really scares me, our history in that subject full of appointing VERY wrong people for that issue,
    I remember the Time of Pope Yusap and Melikah ..
    Sir imagine appointing PROTESTANT to be ( Raees Al Magless Al Mely) sorry for the (Arabic)… Yes Fouad Basha Geurgis was Protestant and all his family , I did Marry his daughter and i know many ugly things happened in the Patriarch Of Alexandria,,, Now look What ( Nageeb Saweers doing and saying.. ) ! He is scratching the Muslims back.. I personally can’t trust any to play politics in our name.. I know about Copts in The Egyptian congress !!! What a shame.

    Any way I pray for our Church And (HE) is the head of the Church can as always protect her.
    You are doing great job Thank you.

    The Lord keep HIS Eyes upon you and give you Peace.
    In Jesus name..Amen!

    • Dioscorus Boles permalink*
      February 14, 2014 2:21 pm

      Thank you, Samir. My argument is that the Coptic Church cannot be apolitical in a Muslim-dominated society. It will always be forced to be political – with the Muslim rulers pushing it to accept submission and to get in line with the state’s politics, whether it’s injurious to Christian or Coptic interests, and indeed liberty and human rights, or not.

      Knowing that, and knowing that the Coptic Church has often been acting under duress by Muslim rulers in a way that didn’t serve Coptic interests, I call on Coptic clergy to take right political positions rather than wrong ones.

      Bottom line is that we cannot expect the Coptic Church to be apolitical – it will always be political. Question is whether the politics it does is right or wrong: whether its politics advances Coptic interests, and, in general, the cause of liberty and human rights, or not.

  2. mindthehat permalink
    February 17, 2014 3:30 pm

    The issue for me is simple: unless the Copts accept that religion is only a part of the Coptic identity, the Coptic identity has no chance. Equating the Coptic identity to a mere sect of Christianity played well into the Arabs’ hand! This is mainly because it always put forward those who are least qualified to present the Copts.

    Suffice to say that the representative of the Coptic Church [and not the Copts] in the Committee of Fifty was the one who, at the eleventh hour, suggested striking out the term “civil” from the most recent Constitution. Luckily, such a proposal was rejected by the majority of the Committee!!!!!

  3. eib permalink
    February 22, 2014 11:12 pm

    The political endorsement is not a wise idea.
    Take your religion deep into yourselves. While the religious conflict has political dimensions, these must not be exacerbated. People could be endangered, elections could be marred.
    Give yourselves to God.
    Do not give the vessel of God, the Church of Christ, to any politician to hold for any length of time.
    Please do not play with fire.

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