Friday, March 25, 2011

Coptic Pope suggests addition to Article II of Constitution ~ Which makes Egypt an Islamic state & demotes Copts to 2nd or dhimmi status

Head of Egyptian Orthodox Church, Pope Shenouda III

Muslims have it so wrong ~ how can you demote a human. Because a person does not adhere to your beliefs ~ they are to be given less rights than you. How Muhammad got it so wrong!!

The Copts were issued a statement late last year ~ by the Al-Azhar mosque ~ telling them effectively of their dhimmi status.

Even though Egypt has a more or less secular Constitution ~ Article 2 states that 'Islamic law is the main source of Egypt's legislation' ~ under which a Christian/ or other non-Muslim cannot hold equal rights. No one can leave Islam. In addition people and even their future grandchildren can be forced to be Muslim ~ if your father ever converted [an Egyptian court ruling].


Last February Ahmed al-Tayyib, the Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, the highest religious institution in the Sunni Muslim world, said changing Article 2 may "provoke sedition," describing the article as an established principle for the state.

The Grand Sheikh says that 'changing Article 2 may "provoke sedition' ~ similarly it is also believed that to leave Islam is equivalent to sedition. A treasonous act. It is a continuation of the same laws ~ that brought people to Islam in the first place. Force.


Islamic law means for Egypt's Christians that they can't become the President. Special permission ~ only from the president ~ must be granted to build a church. Christian clergy arrested for holding an unauthorized prayer vigil over the sick. The law doesn't protect young Christian girls, they can be [gang] raped [arrests are almost unheard of], and kidnapped ~ where the police will arrest the Christian family members for rescuing their daughters ~ once the young woman or girl is forcibly converted to Islam ~ then it is all amount Muslim numbers ~ for the state. One point billion and one more!!


What is so sad that here in the west Islamic law is being promoted as a good thing ~ something we are foolish not to be comfortable with.



The head of the Egyptian Orthodox Church, Pope Shenouda III, suggested an addition to Article 2 of the Constitution, which stipulates Islamic law as the main source of Egypt's legislation.

Shenouda asked the deputy prime minister, Yehia al-Gamal, to add a clause to the article for other non-Muslim denominations. His request came during a Sunday meeting with al-Gamal at the papal residence at Abbassiya Cathedral. The meeting was attended by members from the holy synod, as well as public Coptic figures.

Al-Gamal promised to study the request, saying that he visited the cathedral to check on Shenouda's health. Shenouda was just back from a 18-day trip to the US where he regularly goes for medical treatment.

The majority of Egyptians are Sunni Muslims, but in addition to Coptic Christians, there are other minorities such as Jews, Baha'is and Shia Muslims.

A referendum on a package of constitutional changes on Saturday showed that more than 77.2 percent of Egyptians supported the amendments, which included limiting presidencies to two four-year terms and imposing restrictions on declaring a state of emergency.

But the changes do not tackle Article 2, which states that Islam is the country's official religion. The article has been in place since the Constitution was applied in 1971. It also says that Arabic is the official language of Egypt and that Islam is the main source of legislation.

Last February Ahmed al-Tayyib, the Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, the highest religious institution in the Sunni Muslim world, said changing Article 2 may "provoke sedition," describing the article as an established principle for the state.

But the church's rejection of al-Tayyib's statements has been circulated among several Coptic internet websites, saying they entrench the idea of an Islamic state. The websites also highlight suggestions by liberal Copts and Muslims, as well as rights activists, to amend the article, proposing a different text saying that “the principles of divine religions and human rights agreements are the main sources of legislation.”

Almasryalyoum

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