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| 5 June 2011

Copts (Christians of Egypt) are not asking for special treatment to compensate for centuries of discrimination and persecution. They are only asking for equality. They don’t want anything more, and they will not settle for anything less. It is hard to believe that , at the turn of the 21st century,equality to Copts remains a luxury they still dream of. This at a time when the rest of the civilized world considers equality a birth right to be taken for granted. 

1- Copts want the antiquated 19th Century Hamayouni decree be abolished. It is inconceivable to require that the president of Egypt must approve permits to build a church or even to repair a toilet in a church. Mosques in Egypt are being built with no restrictions. 
2- Copts want equal air time on the government controlled TV and Radio stations to broadcast there belief to their people. The 15 million Copts living in Egypt pay for the TV and Radio from their tax money and they should have time allocated for broadcasting. 
3- Copts want to have the church’s trust lands returned. The income generated by these lands was used to provide for needy Copts. The lands were seized by the Ministry of Islamic affairs, even though the courts had ordered that the lands must be returned to their legitimate owners; the Copts. 
4-Copts want an end to forced conversion of Christian girls, who are kidnapped and raped by Muslim extremists. There are reports of police 
protection given to the abductors. 
5- Copts want all Egyptian citizens to have the freedom of belief, including the freedom to change one’s religion. Christians are welcomed to convert to Islam, so Muslims should be free to convert to Christianity, if they so chose. Those converts are usually subjected to imprisonment and torture. 
6- Copts want religious affiliation be removed from national ID cards, job applications,.etc…so Christians could not be identified and discriminated 
7- Copts want educational curriculums to be revised to guarantee that they do not contain any denigrating references to Christians and Christianity, but to encourage students to accept and respect each other. Mandatory courses in human rights in all public schools is strongly recommended. 
8- Copts want the Government controlled media to refrain from conducting a campaign of hate against Christians, labeling them as infidels, thus creating a climate of intolerance, in which attacks against the Copts can be easily propagated. The media should also allow Coptic programs to be aired. 
9- Copts want an end to discrimination in job appointments and promotions. Very few Christians are appointed to key jobs such as ministers, or other government officials. At the present time there are no Christian governors, mayors, chief of police, president of City council or college deans in Egypt. 
10-Copts want an end to discrimination in government controlled school admission against Christian students. Very few Christians are admitted to the police academy, military schools. Very few Christians are appointed to teaching assistance positions in all medical collages, pharmaceutical collages, engineering collages and all top education collages. 
11-Copts want the Egyptian government to be serious about apprehending those who murder Copts, and to punish them to the fullest extent of the law, and to adequately compensate the victims of these crimes. No killers of Copts have been sentenced to the same punishment as that of a killer of Muslims. Even the terrorist Haridi, who murdered thirteen Christians including small children, in Sanabu in 1992, did not get the usual punishment for murder for his horrifying crimes. 
12-Copts want immediate orders be issued to rebuild Kafr Demian village, which was burned down by Muslim extremists in 1996, this must be done at the expense of the State. 
13-Copts want certain mechanism to be established to create an adequate representation for them in the Egyptian parliament. One suggestion is to have certain areas be closed to Coptic candidates only. Political exclusion of Copts must stop. The governing national party failed to include any Copts in their list of candidates to the parliament. 
14-Copts want the center for handicapped children, which was destroyed by the army in December 1996, be rebuilt at the expense of the government, and as soon as possible. 
15-Copts want to be treated with honor and dignity inside Police Departments and in the Sermons of Muslim Sheiks in Mosques…etc. There is no 
justification for humiliating somebody just because he is different in religion. 
16-Copts want to see an end to the religious discrimination that prevails at all levels of the Egyptian educational system, especially in hiring of 
teachers and professors, and unfair grading practices aimed at Christian students. 
17-Copts want their history, language, and culture be taught in schools and colleges in Egypt where their sons and daughters attend. 
18-Copts want to feel that Mr. Mubarak is a president for both Muslims and Copts. They want him to care for them and address their concerns. They want him to meet with their religious leadership, and perhaps pay visits to their churches, something other presidents used to do, but he has never done. This , no doubt, will break down walls of mistrust, and build bridges of tolerance and harmony between Muslims and Christians. 
19-Copts want to be allowed to enroll in all schools, which are publicly funded, such as Al-Azhar University, police and military academies, without 
any restrictions. At present time there is a 5% maximum place on Coptic enrollment to police and military academies, and this percentage is not even met by actual enrollment. 
These are just a few examples of the discriminatory practices imposed on Copts. They represent a starting point, and taking care of them will show good faith. The most important thing is that there must be a will to correct the wrongs being done to the Copts. When the will is there, everything else will fall in place. Then, Muslims and Christians will live together, in harmony, as brothers and sisters on the land of our beloved Egypt. This is our hope, and this is our prayer.
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7- Hi Abouna,There were
Chiyo email | 24 October 2015
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Hi Abouna,There were some great points made in your actirle and so I wish you every success with your book.I do wish to give you some insight to some of the things I have experienced and seen over the past decade as I have come to know God in a deeper way.I interact with people from many faiths and particularly like it when I interact with other Christian denominations as I always find myself learning something new from them. I have enjoyed discussions and liturgical services with Catholics, Protestants/Born Again and Greek Orthodox and each faith serves to point out unique features in experiencing God. I still hold true to my faith and am very proud to grow up in the Coptic faith but as we enter this world of multiculturalism and are more united than ever before, you realise that we are not the only people that God will accept.Catholics will embrace that the Church should evolve with the current generation and have stronger connection with the world around them, protestants will express that you just need to say the words “I believe in Jesus Christ” and you will be saved, and the Greek Orthodox argue their theology has not changed and is enriched with tradition. All of which is nice but who is right….this holds true for the Coptic faith.I honestly believe we should embrace all faiths and not argue over who Jesus likes more every faith has a flaw but is also blessed with the Holy Spirit. We should not deny one’s Christian faith because it is different our own but embrace it for the good. This does make things complicated and un-systematic but we end up arguing anyway. I am sure God did not intend for us to argue about our faiths but to love him for who He is. As a suggestion, let us not enforce non-copts our ways but instead learn from them if they are a practicing Christian and continue on our way. If we truly reflect the light of Christ, it will be Christ that will draw others closer to the truth in whatever way is most suited for that person, so ultimately they can be saved in the end. As Copts, we should better our inner selves by accepting who we are and simply sharing it with others; not making someone understand this is how things should be done.UN:F [1.7.4_987]please wait...UN:F [1.7.4_987](from 0 votes)
6- Hi Anonymous. It is
Orlando email | 24 October 2015
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Hi Anonymous. It is lovely to hear that you are fineelg comfortable in the Coptic Orthodox Church. And you are certainly right about the similarity in faith and practice between all the Eastern Christian Churches. Rest assured that the Coptic Church does not in any way deny your baptism. If that were the case, you would have needed to be re-baptised. This is what we do, say, for someone joining the Coptic Church who has only been baptised in a Protestant Church. In that situation, since Protestants do not see baptism as sacrament in the same way we understand it, but only as a symbolic gesture, they do of course need to be re-baptised, this time as a true sacramental baptism.It might interest you to know that until modern times, a Catholic joining the Coptic Church was neither baptised nor chrismated. Instead, after suitable preparation, they stood before the altar in Church and publicly recited a confession of the Coptic Orthodox faith, their free desire to join the Church, and their commitment to live by the Church\\\'s ways. And that was it. I am not sure when exactly the change happened, but at some stage the idea of confirming the person with the Holy Chrism was introduced, no doubt as a blessing of some kind. At one time, it was even suggested that Catholics DID need to be rebaptised, I guess because of the slight differences in faith between the two Churches. However, the current practice in the Coptic Church is only to CONFIRM the person in the Coptic Church with the Holy Chrism. I would view this as being a kind of milestone, a point that demarcates when one has joined the Coptic communion, and see the Holy Chrism as being the blessing of the Holy Spirit upon the taking of that step. We should all pray for the eventual successful completion of the ecumenical efforts to lift the bans and anathemas between the sacramental Churches, the Orthodox and the Catholics. If we truly understood what a crime against the body of Christ this separation is, and how deeply it affects our young people who wish to intermarry, we would all be working ten times harder to achieve this. May God reward our beloved late Pope Shenouda III for his heroic and tireless efforts in this direction. We pray that others will now take up this mission and see it to completion in our lifetimes.Hope that helps a little.Fr AntUA:F [1.7.4_987]please wait...(1 vote cast)UA:F [1.7.4_987](from 3 votes)
5- Update needed
Mona email | 7 January 2013
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\\\"18-Copts want to feel that Mr. Mubarak is a president for both Muslims and Copts. \\\" ? You might need to update this article ...
4- Marden
Marden email | 30 May 2012
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Hey, that\\\'s pweorful. Thanks for the news.
3- I just now wanted to thank you once again for your naizamg website you have built here. Its full of useful tips for those who are really interested in this specific subject, in particular this very post. You really are all absolutely sweet along with thoughtful of others and reading the blog posts is a wonderful delight to me. And that of a generous treat! Ben and I will have pleasure making use of your ideas in what we should instead do next week. Our list is a distance long which means that your tips will definitely be put to very good use.
Marziyeh email | 17 April 2012
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I just now wanted to thank you once again for your naizamg website you have built here. Its full of useful tips for those who are really interested in this specific subject, in particular this very post. You really are all absolutely sweet along with thoughtful of others and reading the blog posts is a wonderful delight to me. And that of a generous treat! Ben and I will have pleasure making use of your ideas in what we should instead do next week. Our list is a distance long which means that your tips will definitely be put to very good use.
2- Update
Maud email | 22 August 2011
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Is it normal that this article is dated back from june 2011 and mentions Mubarak as Egypt\\\\\\\'s president ? You may wanna update that :)
1- Maybe!
Youm email | 13 July 2011
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The point you made about equality in \\\"civilized\\\" countries is one I take issue with. In so-called civilized countries, your color and race factor in your rights as a citizen. In these countries, sometimes your name and the religion it denotes can determine what opportunities you have in life. Please do not romanticize the experience in the West or what is so-called the civilized and developed world. There is as much discrimination, racism, and prejudice as we have in Arab countries, and more. Not to excuse either, because two wrongs don\\\'t make a right...
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