A new day is dawning for Coptic Christians in Egypt, now that the country has voted to approve a new constitution that replaces the Islamist one crafted under the auspices of the former ruling Muslim Brotherhood.
However, the promise of a new Egypt with full inclusion and civil rights for Christians, women, and all minorities now faces the challenge of electing new leaders and drafting new laws amid the threat of terror and violence from militants allied with the Muslim Brotherhood.
“It is good — not very good — but it is good,” Father Rafic Greiche, spokesman for Egypt’s Catholic Conference, said about the constitution, speaking with the Register from Cairo. “It could not have been better given the context we are living now.”
More than 21 million Egyptians turned out on Jan. 14 and 15, to vote on the draft constitution. The constitution had been developed in the months following ...