Egypt's Brotherhood 'exclusionary political sect': Coptic Bishop

News article, posted 06.14.2013, from Egypt, in:
Egypt's Brotherhood 'exclusionary political sect': Coptic Bishop (Photo: Al Ahram)

Bishop Moussa, head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church's Youth Bishopric, advised President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood to abandon the concept of an "Islamic caliphate state" and reach out to all Egyptian factions.

"If the Brotherhood rule as an exclusionary political sect they will fail," he said in an interview with Al-Ahram Arabic-language news website on Thursday.

Moussa explained that the concept of an Islamic caliphate frightens Egyptians and makes them suspicious about the Brotherhood's loyalty to the country.

"They [Brotherhood] need to get out of their shell and interact with the Islamist forces, civic groups, Copts and citizens," he explained. "The Brotherhood have the right to think of whatever they want, however, when it comes to the rule, they have to interact with the rest of the society."

The Youth Bishop believes that the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is "a sensitive matter." Moussa said that he has not seen a political, social or economic vision for it. "They shouldn’t have faced this issue alone; the people should have been part of the issue. We should communicate with Ethiopia and help in developing it through various projects," he explained.

Moussa refuted rumours that Egypt's Pope Tawadros will help solve the Nile dam crisis. "Six months ago, a meeting was scheduled between Egypt and Ethiopia's Pope in Ethiopia. It is definitely a good opportunity to talk about the Nile water. However, the dialogue will be within the church context, and it has nothing to do with politics," he added.

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