Discussion Question: Religious Undertones in Egyptian Protests?
Over the past decade, Egyptian Copts have fallen victim to increasing discrimination and persecution, most recently with the January 1 suicide church bombing that killed at least 21 people and injured dozens more. Do the current anti-government demonstrations in Cairo have religious undertones?
Egypt over the last many years has been a very difficult country for all religious minorities including the Egyptian Copts who perhaps have suffered the most.
Other minority religious members have been sent to jail, in some cases simply for trying to use the correct government procedures to publish books and others just for speaking out.
The unrest in Egypt is not new and spans all areas of life from economics, to the quality of life, to religious issues.
There will be little peace in Egypt until their leadership respects the dignity of man, recognizes such international documents as the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and allows its citizens to have a voice. We all hope that the outcome of the demonstrations will be positive and that the existing or new leadership will be more aware of the importance of religious freedom for all faiths to their national security, as well as the well being of their citizens. Miracles have happened before with the Berlin Wall coming down and the fall of Communism in the Soviet Union. A miracle can also occur in Egypt!
Author: Susan Lee Taylor
Susan Lee Taylor is the President of the Founding Church of Scientology in Washington, D.C., and the Church of Scientology International’s representative on Capitol Hill. She is the Director of Public Affairs for the Founding Church and is a member of the Church of Scientology’s “Sea Organization” religious order composed of members who have dedicated their lives to Church work. Rev. Taylor has participated in round table discussions held by the U.S. State Department on religious freedom issues and discrimination of minority religions in foreign countries.