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Prominent Coptic-American criticizes media coverage of Egypt

Catholic World News - August 22, 2013

The president of the US Copts Association criticized American media coverage of Egypt.

Michael Meunier told Vatican Radio that former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was not democratically elected, but rather gained power in June 2012 through electoral fraud.

“Under [Morsi’s] Muslim Brotherhood rule, there was no peace or democracy for the majority of Egyptians,” said Meunier. Following military intervention, “Egypt is just beginning to get back on the path of peace and democracy.”

“What’s happening now in Egypt is not a fight between two gladiators,” he continued. “It’s actually the Muslim Brotherhood deciding it’s either they rule Egypt or they burn Egypt.”

“What’s happening to Christians in Egypt is the price that we have to pay, and everybody else has to pay, for a long-term freedom,” he added. “I know everybody’s wondering and worrying about [whether] there will be any freedom under the military rule, but what we know, and what we experienced in the Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt for over a year, is that there was no freedom.”

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  • Posted by: dagbat - Aug. 23, 2013 12:17 AM ET USA

    Here in America the USCCB and every Bishop personally, should be verbally expressing their outrage and condemnation of the religious atrocities being waged against Coptic Christian in Egypt. Instead the Church is quiet except for occasional useless communiques. If the Church by its silence doesn't seem to care then why should we expect the mainstream media care?

  • Posted by: Contrary1995 - Aug. 22, 2013 6:18 PM ET USA

    If Morsi had not been validly elected, then, why did the protesters not immediately take to the streets? The Egyptian establishment wants to use the Muslim Boogey Man to get the world to ignore that fact that Morsi was ousted by a coup composed of the curious coalition of corrupt military types, Coptic Christians, and secularists who would bring abortion on demand to Egypt. Please note that Hosni Mubarak is now out of jail. He was not democratically elected.

  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 22, 2013 1:45 PM ET USA

    The media are afraid of saying anything derogatory about Islam, but they love pointing out how the Church needs to change into whatever they think it should.

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