Ramy Jan: 1,000 Copts are joining the Freedom and Justice Party in the next few days

Ramy Jan: 1,000 Copts are joining the Freedom and Justice Party in the next few days

12/4/2013

Mostafa El-Khateeb

Journalist Ramy Jan has announced that nearly 1,000 Copts will apply to join the Freedom and Justice Party in the next few days, as a response to instigators of sectarian strife and in support of President Mohamed Morsy.

The Copt journalist said in a message entitled, “the Decisive Blow” on his Facebook page yesterday, Friday [sic] that “in the next few days nearly 1,000 Copts will join the Freedom and Justice Party. This was the response of Copts who sent me messages requesting that I spread this demand. It is a mere attempt from some parties who don’t want Egypt to be stable.”*

Ramy conveyed a statement by one of the Copts who has applied. “What is happening has nothing to do with any religious extremism. The truth must be said: since the Muslim Brotherhood took power we haven’t seen any objection to the construction of churches or any harassment of the type we witnessed under the previous rule. The incidents that have taken place make us understand that our duty is towards the nation by supporting the president through deeds and silencing anyone suggesting that there is a civil war in Egypt”.

Ramy made clear that he won’t talk about the feelings of love and peace that are the foundations of constructive engagement between Egyptians, adding that what occasionally happens is that feelings of loyalty towards religion are incorrectly mobilised. As a result of rumours religious emotions are roused. What these people will soon understand is that all is said about people badmouthing religions is pure fabrication and didn’t happen. This is what happened”.

Ramy ended his letter to people who want to ignite sectarian strife by saying, “I won’t add anything to these words except to say congratulations on the decisive blow”.

* What the “mere attempt” refers to is not clear.

Originally published in Arabic on the Freedom and Justice Portal.

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