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Egyptian Attorney: Stop Inciting Against Our Pope

By David MIller

10/5/2010 Egypt (The Media Line) – A Christian attorney has appealed to the Egyptian Ministers of Interior and Endowments, to put an end to anti-Coptic demonstrations that have targeted Egypt’s most senior Christian cleric, Pope Shenouda III.
Attorney Nagib Gibra’il, head of the Egyptian Union of Human Rights Organizations and an advisor to the Coptic Church, called the demonstrations “irresponsible,” adding that he has received hundreds of protest letters from Copts all over the world, the Egyptian daily Al-Youm A-Sabi’ reported.
Anti-Christian demonstrations erupted throughout Egypt following the disappearance of Kamilia Shehata, the wife of a Coptic preacher, who Copts presume was forcefully converted to Islam. Shehata was subsequently found and handed over to church authorities who kept her from public view. Egyptian Muslims were enraged by the Church’s secrecy, arguing that it has become a powerful “state within a state.”

“These insults inflame Christian emotions not only in Egypt, but everywhere,” he said. “If Muslim clerics were insulted in such a manner, they would have immediately been brought to justice.”
Gibra’il said he believed extremist Islamist groups in Egypt had orchestrated the demonstrations.

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