The event was organised by Tahrok Igaby (Positive Action) and other secular-oriented groups. It brought together leaders from a number of parties created following the revolution in Tahrir Square, namely the Free Egyptians Party, the Justice Party, the Democratic Front Party and the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, to set up a coalition to transform Egypt into a secular state.
“A coalition of moderate parties is the only way to stop the progress of radical groups, and avoid the creation of a confessional state,” Fr Greiche said.
Recent clashes between Copts and Muslim extremists, which left 11 people dead and hundreds injured, is raising concerns over Egypt’s Islamisation, a prospect that not only scares the country’s Christian minority but also millions of moderate Muslims, especially women and the poor.
“A takeover by radical Islamic parties would especially hurt widows and women abandoned by their husband because they would not be able to maintain their children,” the clergyman said.
The Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic parties want to apply the Sharia in a radical fashion so that women cannot go out of their homes or work.
In recent weeks, many Muslim women have joined protests organised by the Coptic community in front of Egyptian state TV, shouting slogans in favour of the separation of state and religion and against the country’s Islamisation.
Today, the ruling military council announced the reopening of 16 churches closed for security reasons, following Muslim-Christian clashes on Saturday.
The government also announced a new law to regulate the construction of new religious buildings. (S.C.)