Copts Out in Egypt

Al Arabiya has reproduced a self-explanatory statement issued by The Coptic Orthodox Church General Council, with the unanimous approval of all of the council's 20 members, opting withdraw from the constitutional assembly... as it found it was pointless for the church to be represented following the comments made by the national forces about the way the assembly was formed," the state news agency said, quoting a church Even Al Arabiya conceded (in a caption to the image accompanying the story), albeit with significant understatement,  Coptic Christians, who form Egypt's biggest minority group, have long had a difficult relationship with the country's overwhelmingly Muslim majority. Beginning with the brutal jihad conquests of Egypt's indigenous Copts in the 7th century, the effects of mainstream Islam upon its Egyptian Muslim votaries, have caused the inexorable attrition of the Coptic population. Thus by the mid 14th century, this indigenous, pre-Islamic Christian...(Read Full Post)