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Egypt’s Christians come to defense of Grand Imam of Al-Azhar

August 28, 2013

The Council of Christian Churches in Egypt has come to the defense of Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of al-Azhar and president of al-Azhar University, the world’s leading center of Sunni Muslim learning.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey blasted el-Tayeb for supporting the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi--an ouster also backed by several Christian prelates.

“That scholar is finished,” said Erdogan, according to a report in Today’s Zaman, a Turkish newspaper. “History will curse men like him, as history cursed similar scholars in Turkey before.”

Father Bishoy Helmy, the Coptic Orthodox priest who serves as secretary general of the Council of Christian Churches in Egypt, paid tribute to “the virtues of the imam and his human stature,” the Fides news agency reported.


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  • Posted by: ramonantonio3455448 - Aug. 28, 2013 9:30 PM ET USA

    So it says that ... "the enemy of my enemy is my friend...". The problem is when you really can't tell who's anyone's friend or enemy and whom you can hopefully believe is your friend or your enemy. Right now in Egypt, almost no one alive can say whether there was a coup, against whom, for what and to put whom in charge of what. No one accepts the blame for, in fact, no one knows what anyone is to be blamed of. A magisterial work of that old foe of humanity!. Wait! Who are I'm talking about?