Sisi and the Copts


Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, right, offers his condolences to Egypt

Coptic Orthodox Church leaders have pledged support for Egypt’s constitution in the referendum last year that followed the ousting of democratically elected Islamist President Mohammed Morsi by the Egyptian army, during the much ballyhooed Egyptian Spring, led at the time by Mr. Sisi.

 It was a rare venture into the political sphere for the Copts, led by Pope Tawadros II. 
Many Copts had previously blamed Mr. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood for sectarian violence targeting them, including arson attacks on dozens of churches in 2013. The Brotherhood denied those accusations.
In the meantime….Several leading Brotherhood members given life in prison

Mohammed el-Beltagy, center, of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party attending the first meeting of the constituent assembly in Cairo, Egypt in this  photo from 2012. On Saturday an Egyptian court handed down life sentences on Mr. Beltagy, along with Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie, and 12 others.ENLARGE
Mohammed el-Beltagy, center, of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party attending the first meeting of the constituent assembly in Cairo, Egypt in this photo from 2012. On Saturday an Egyptian court handed down life sentences on Mr. Beltagy, along with Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie, and 12 others. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY