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Egypt's intellectuals, public figures say no to sectarianism

Intellectuals and public figures started an initiative Saturday under the slogan “National Unity is a Red Line,” warning against sectarian speech and the conflicts that are raging in some other Arab states

Ahram Online, Saturday 23 Aug 2014
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Hamdeen Sabahi,Khaled Youssef and Mohamed Abul-Ghar
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A number of Egypt’s prominent intellectuals and public figures started an initiative Saturday, under the slogan “National Unity is a Red Line,” against sectarianism.

The initiative include signing a statement to warn of the “imminent danger” of sectarianism against Egypt’s Coptic Christians, in light of present regional conflicts.

The signatories include former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi, long time farmers rights activist Shahenda Maklad, political activist George Ishak, the Egyptian Social Democratic Party’s Mohamed Abul-Ghar and Egyptian films' director Khaled Youssef.

The signatories affirmed in the statement that they, along with the Egyptian people and national elite, wouldn’t allow the destruction of Egypt's national unity, as has been the case in some Arab countries.

The statement read that the signatories condemn and warn of any and all attempts to stur sectarian discord.

The statement added that there is a prominent danger of a return to sectarian speech in Egypt, especially after “terrorist elements torching churches and attacking Copts last year.”

Following the forced dispersal of two pro-Mohamed Morsi vigils on 14 August 2013, riots erupted nationwide and included the ransacking of a large number of churches.

Rioters held Egypt’s Christians responsible for the violent dispersal of the protest sites, with many hundreds dead and injured. Christian properties were also attacked in the aftermath.

One of the signatories, prominent media person and leftist activist Hussein Abdel-Ghany, told Ahram Online that the initiative is a “preventive or preemptive measure, so we won’t be surprised by an attack on Egyptian Coptic identity, or incitement against them.”

He added that the signatories have noticed sectarianism emerge in the everyday language of Egyptians, and that instead of holding an objective political debate on the current situation in Egypt, the Coptic Church is being held by some responsible for Egypt's present problems.

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newegypt123
25-08-2014 01:30am
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Unity is an Asset
I am happy to see that some prominent Egyptians are willing to speak up. The sectarianism in the region will undoubtedly result in destruction and death. Sectarianism is a disease that will destroy every nation in the Middle East it touches. DO NOT LET THIS SPREAD TO EGYPT!!! There can be no question that the virulent sectarianism present in today's society is unIslamic. How can we be Muslim if we treat other humans, which are creations of God, without dignity? If we do not agree with another person's belief, it is not our place to judge, for it is God that judges. Tolerance for others will breed prosperity in Egypt. Look at what the sectarianism in Syria, Iraq,Lebanon, and the Gulf has done for its people. Egypt does not need that destructive force. Any Egyptian that preaches sectarianism is a traitor, and more importantly, does not have religion. Egyptians must move as one people to fix the nation.
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Khan
24-08-2014 02:23pm
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Lol
Now Egypt by force govt want make fool poor Egyptian .every single person know 10000 public has been killed by army by court by sisi
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Allen
24-08-2014 06:34pm
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Hay Shakespeare you are sooo on the money
What ever you are saying, why didn't we think of it??.. Just brilliant !!!!
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