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And now the vanishing Copts of Egypt

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Dec 25, 2012 at 17:45

Dr. Pipes

Even very large Christian communities, as in the case of the Copts of Egypt, are vanishing very fast and many are moving to the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Brazil, Argentina and even far away Bolivia

http://orthodoxbolivia.org/2012/12/06/arrival-of-father-andrawes-el-antony-in-bolivia/dsc_0335-2/

This is a community that was able to survive for 1400 years of Islamic and Arabian imperialism in some form or another but it seems that many Copts cannot take it anymore and would want to have nothing to do with Islam or Morsi or the fascist Muslim Brotherhood or the crazy and zany salafis and just want to live their lives in peace. Amr Adeeb who has a very popular TV show says that he will not be surprised if Egypt is split not unlike Sudan where you have the Muslim north and the Christian/Animist South

The real disaster here is for all intents and purposes Egypt is already a divided country as in the recent Morsi's liitle referendum on the constitution he lost Cairo and Alexandria where there are very large number of educated and liberal and secular Egyptians that want to have no theocartic state and the rural part of Egypt where ignorant Shiuokh (the plural of sheikh) reign supreme even in places like Assuit in Upper Egypt where 27% of the population is Coptic and the majority voted was for Morsi's constitution which means that Copts do not count anymore

Egypt used to have large communities of Jews and Syrians and Lebanese and Italians and Greeks and they all vanished so it does not surprise me that the Copts will be next

So who will be next? It would be be liberal and moderate Muslims and Shia (and yes there are many Egyptian Shia) as well as Sufi Muslims

And then sunni Muslims will be fighting other sunni Muslims

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