Assyrian International News Agency has an interesting article today about how some in the Muslim brotherhood are trying to reach out to young Coptic Christians to assure them about the role of the Muslim Brotherhood's role in the future of Egypt. Full story here.
So when the Brotherhood launched an initiative last Wednesday to create a coalition made up of a broad spectrum of opposition groups to run as one bloc for legislative elections, an initiative they insisted was a way of assuring Egypt's various political groups that they do not plan to dominate Egypt's first post revolution parliament, Coptic activists said that they fear a Brotherhood takeover and what it would mean to them.
However, some activists remain sceptical of the Brotherhood's decision to reach out to the Church in order to get through to the Copts. "I completely reject this initiative by the Brotherhood because to me it confirms the idea of a theocratic state because they are cooperating with the Copts through the church and behaving as if the church represents the Copts politically," says Kamal Zakher, a Coptic activist. "The church itself never said that it represents the Copts politically. So using the Church as a medium for this means that they are treating it like a political player to represent the Copts, and this transforms the Copts from normal citizens, into subjects or members of a ghetto."
Zakher added that the initiative is a method of political manoeuvring to try and infiltrate the church.
"They are trying to gain legitimacy in the eyes of the Coptic youth through the church, which in my opinion is the real reason behind this initiative," says Zakher who added that there is a "political error" in the fact that the Brotherhood singled out Coptic youth for dialogue. By doing so they are "treating them as a separate entity to the rest of the Egyptians. If they had ideas they wanted to represent to the country's youth, what is the point of sending this invitation only to the Copts?"
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