Laura E. Bohn skriver for globalpost.com om kopternes stilling:
Hun snakker med en familie hvis 15 år gamle sønn ble slått ihjel. De bor i en by i Sør-Egypt.
«It’s hell here…religion’s the elephant in the room no one talks about,» says Nadi Atef, a writer and activist from Ayman Labib’s town. «I know Egypt’s mostly hell for a Muslim too, but it’s at least a Muslim hell.»
Salafister og islamister samarbeider og står sammen. Men skulle kristne gjøre det samme vil det bli voldsomme reaksjoner, sier de kristne. Det ville være å gang up. At muslimene gang up er bare som det skal være.
Brorskapet benekter at det er religiøse spenninger.
«We really don’t have these issues in Egypt,» said Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, a spokesperson for the foreign relations committee of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party. «Some conflict or tension is exaggerated by the media to divide Egypt, to ruin the revolution…these are old tactics used by the old regime.»
One of Egypt’s most historically conservative and violent groups, the Gama’a al-Islamiya, behind President Anwar Sadat’s 1981 assassination and an Islamist insurgency in the 90s, also stands by the Brotherhood’s claim to unity.
«Everyone here lives side by side,» says Gama’a member Wael Baker, walking around the dusty city of Assiut, the group’s stronghold region. The city is also home to one of Egypt’s largest Christian’s communities. «I have Christian neighbors and friends. Yes, we would wish everyone were Muslim, but we accept they are not.»
Men hvorfor ikke et Kristent Brorskap, lik det muslimske?
Characteristic of the Egypt’s political adolescence, Copts have struggled to effectively unite and mobilize around their grievances, with some calling for a «Christian Brotherhood» counterpart. Most analysts agree that working under a singular Copt umbrella would be political suicide.
Evon Mossad, a 54-year-old Cairo activist and community organizer, is struggling to unite a base she says wants to escape more than fight. She says she was in the crowd of Maspero protesters when she was suddenly assaulted and brutally beaten by an officer.
«No one talks to us. No one talks about us. Everyone is scared of losing support,» she said, helping to organize a march around women’s rights. «There are too many fights to fight now. Do I want Mubarak back? Absolutely not, but the protection we had under him, even if it was fake, felt comfortable. Nothing will change anytime soon.»
Hanna too remains skeptical. «Pluralism and tolerance rhetoric isn’t going to fly in times of economic distress,» he says. «The Brotherhood won’t jeopardize their base by addressing the issue… it’s a useful political tool for them.»
Muslim clerics like Brotherhood supporter Safwat Hegazy have ramped up their vitriol against Christians in inflammatory speeches like this one, warning Christians not to join opposition forces against Morsi. «Our red line is Morsi’s legitimacy,» he says. «Whoever dares splash it with water, we will splash him with blood.»