Many supporters of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi have lashed out at the country’s Christian minority for their role in his removal from office. The violence directed against the Christian minority, about 8-10% of the country, is an example of the sectarian violence that was increasing under the Islamist Morsi. A large percentage of the Egyptian people – Muslim, Christian, and otherwise – want an inclusive society that protects the rights and freedoms of all citizens. A rejection of the increasing Islamization and sectarian values of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood supporters was a primary factor that motivated many Egyptians to take to the streets calling for Morsi’s removal.
By Perry Chiaramonte
7/21/2013 Egypt (Fox News) – The Muslim Brotherhood reportedly is attempting to blame Egypt’s Coptic Christian community for the recent ousting of President Mohammed Morsi and even resorting to violent tactics in an effort to gain back power.
Reports have surfaced out of Egypt that sectarian attacks against Copts by Islamic extremists are on the rise since Morsi was ousted July 3. Copts, who make up about 9% of Egypt’s population, have said they consistently have been targeted by Islamic radicals for campaigning against the Muslim Brotherhood-backed president.
“The Muslim Brotherhood’s regime caused a split in Egyptian unity on the basis of religious affiliations,” Nabil Abdel Fattah, political analyst and researcher for the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies said in a recent interview with Mid-East Christian news.
“The sectarian attacks against Copts are one of the controversial strategies pursued by Islamic extremist currents in their bid to intimidate Christians,” he added. “Whether it is out of revenge for participating in the political process or as a result of the radical ideologies these groups have, [they are] creating a state of anarchy and insecurity across the Egyptian streets, turning current issues into a sectarian conflict to mobilize neutral citizens against their fellow countrymen.”
“The Muslim Brotherhood’s allegation that Coptic Christians in Egypt are in some way responsible for the coup that ousted former President Morsi reeks of ignorance and sectarian intolerance,” Jordan Sekulow, Executive Director of Washington, D.C.-based American Center for Law and Justice, told FoxNews.com.
“Such a claim attempts to divide Egyptians on religious lines and turn the delicate stability into a sectarian conflict. Such a claim is not only factually inaccurate, but not even possible. One religious minority simply does not overthrow an Islamic government in a predominantly Muslim country.”
Sekulow adds that the Muslim Brotherhood does not does want to admit that it was Muslims–who comprise a majority of the population in Egypt—who led efforts to oust Morsi.