The president of Cairo University, Muhammad Uthman al-Khosht, recently assigned 31 new directors, deputy directors, managers, and researchers to head a number of departments, including those of agriculture, medicine, engineering, nursing, dentistry, statistical research, and African Studies.
Although the Copts—Egypt’s most indigenous, Christian, people—make up anywhere from 10-20% of its population, notable among these new Cairo University hires is that not a one of them is Christian. All are Muslim.
The significance of this news is not so much that discrimination against Christians in Egypt exists—which should be beyond obvious by now—but rather that it seems to permeate every single facet of Egyptian society.
As the Washington-based Coptic Solidarity (CS), an international human rights organization focused on the plight of Egypt’s Copts, reported last June:
Egypt currently has some 135 ambassadors on-post abroad, and about 20 consul-generals (with an administrative rank of ambassador).
Over the past few weeks, we at Coptic Solidarity were able to survey the names of 128 of these ambassadors and 16 consul-generals. The conclusions are consistent with previous surveys we’ve done over the past twenty years and kept in a database of Egyptian ambassadors and consul-generals created by Coptic Solidarity. Although Copts, the indigenous Christian inhabitants of Egypt, account for, at the very least, 10 percent of Egypt’s population—and should, therefore, account for, at the very least, 10 percent of Egypt’s diplomatic corps:
- No Copts are appointed to any major Western capital (Washington, London, Paris, Bonn, Rome, Ottawa, etc.).
- No Copts are appointed to any major non-Western capitals (Tokyo, Beijing, Moscow, Delhi, etc.)
- No Copts are appointed to any international organization.
- No Copts are appointed to any Arab or Muslim country.
- No Copts are appointed as consul-general—anywhere…
Similarly, in an attempt to demonstrate Egypt’s advancement concerning women, on March 3, 98 female judges took the legal oath in preparation for assuming judicial roles in Egypt’s State Council. This was considered a major and unprecedented development; since its inception 75 years earlier, not a single woman had sat on the podium of the State Council court—and now 98 are. And yet, not one of them is a Christian—again, despite the fact that the Copts account for between 10-20% of the nation’s population, suggesting that at the very least 10 of the 98 should have, for proper representation, been Copts.
Or consider the recent presidential decree for new deputy prosecutors. Out of 516 hires, a paltry five—meaning less than 1%—are Copts. The decree was signed by none other than President al-Sisi, whose lobbying agency in Washington D.C. boasts his efforts to ensure “meritocracy in civil service.”
Such overt discrimination persists even in less “formal” settings. Take football (American soccer), for example—a very popular national pastime in Egypt. As Aid to the Church in Need noted in a February, 2022 report,
Christians make up around 15% of the population of Egypt and are as football-crazy as their Muslim neighbours, but there is not a single Copt in the national team….There are no official statistics on the number of Copts in Egypt, but estimates vary between 10% and 20%. … The fact that no Copts, of any denomination, are represented in top-level football, and therefore in the national team, stings.
Or as Coptic Solidarity’s president, Ms. Caroline Doss Esq., observed:
Sports are to be participated in by all. It is inconceivable that not a single Coptic athlete is skilled enough to represent Egypt in sports, particularly considering that Egypt is the 14th most populous country in the world with at least 15 million Copts. Your action is necessary to bring an end to this religiously-motivated discrimination.
Nor is such widespread discrimination against the Copts limited to Egyptian policies. Western elements, including those charged with combatting discrimination, tend to ignore it; at the very least, they certainly do not treat it the same way they would if the opposite was the case—if a Christian nation was openly discriminating against Muslim minorities.
Regarding this last example, CS has sent various letters and reports (several linked to here) to various responsible sporting committees, chief among them the Zurich-based FIFA (the Fédération Internationale de Football Association), an international governing body founded in 1904 to oversee international competition. FIFI reportedly takes accusations of discrimination very seriously. But as CS noted:
CS first reported widespread discrimination against Coptic athletes in Egypt to the International Olympic Committee and to FIFA in August 2016. Neither entity responded until European news outlets published stories on the topic in 2018 during the lead up to the World Cup. A FIFA employee finally contacted CS requesting additional information—twenty months after the original complaint was sent.
CS complied, but, to date, FIFA has done little if anything to reverse such discrimination.
Similarly, in the latest summer games in Tokyo, Egypt’s delegation included 141 athletes: one of them—0.7% of them—was a Copt. CS’s complaints to the IOC went on deaf ears.
Seemingly adding insult to injury, the IOC’s president recently visited Egypt, where he applauded the country’s bid to host the summer Olympic Games in 2036. There is no mention that he ever raised the issue of discrimination with the authorities.
In short, whereas actual, violent and murderous persecution against Egypt’s Christians is not uncommon, institutionalized and open discrimination against them permeates every aspect of Egyptian society.
Angel Jacob says
What’s happening in Egypt is a very small part of 1,400 years of islamic genocides.
Revealing the true bloody history of islam can go a long way in destroying islam for good.
THX 1138 says
Revealing the bloody history of Islam to Muslims will not help in destroying Islam one iota.
So long as Muslims seriously believe in the superstition that there really does exist an Almighty God in a supernatural dimension with a supernatural Hell and Paradise and He created you and owns you, and He can read your mind and interfere with and miraculously change the nature and course of this earthly reality, all the rivers of blood spilled for God and being given entrance into His eternal Paradise, will be seen as worth the price of admission.
The only way to destroy a superstition is to demonstrate that the superstition is a superstition. The only way to destroy a religious fantasy is to demonstrate that it is a fantasy.
Hey, how about going over there and explaining to these Muj that they are in the throes of superstition
Take your smug anti-religion act to Somalia, Nigeria or Syria and tell the jihadists what you think of Islam. Then go to Christian Rome and do your shtick there……………………..if you get out alive.
After the jihadists are done passing you around like a piece of infidel meat some Muslim jihadist screaming allahu akbar will spread eagle you out over a log and separate you from your head, to your great astonishment, as you beg for your life pleading for God to save you.
But we both know you won’t. You are a liberal wimp Girlie man Nancyboy who knows there is no price to be paid for Christian bashing.
THX 1138 says
And if Christianity were the official state religion of Egypt the reverse would be true. When the Cult of Jesus ruled the West it was the official state religion of every European country and non-Christians (like the Jews) were legally and socially discriminated against and persecuted. The Cult of Jesus just like the Cult of Mohammed results in a state religion, in a theocracy.
Members of the Catholic Cult of Jesus and the Protestant Cult of Jesus killed and persecuted each other just like the Sunni Cult of Mohammed and the Shia Cult of Mohammed do now.
So what happened in the West? The Renaissance (the rebirth of reason) and the Age of Enlightenment (the light of reason) happened. Breaking the stranglehold that Christian superstition had on the Western mind. Reason leashed, tamed, diluted, Christian superstition. Making the separation of Christian superstition and state possible.
The Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment has not happened in the part of the world dominated by the superstition of the Cult of Mohammed. It needs to happen.
“I have said that faith and force are corollaries, and that mysticism will always lead to the rule of brutality. The cause of it is contained in the very nature of mysticism. Reason is the only objective means of communication and of understanding among men; when men deal with one another by means of reason, reality is their objective standard and frame of reference. But when men claim to possess supernatural means of knowledge, no persuasion, communication or understanding are possible…. no man or mystical elite can hold a whole society subjugated to their arbitrary assertions, edicts and whims, without the use of force. Anyone who resorts to the formula: “It’s so, because I say so,” will have to reach for a gun, sooner or later.” – Ayn Rand
I looked around the corner and I saw the Cult of Jesus coming our way at breakneck speed. The Christian Theocracy is inevitable, starting next year. Can ya feel it? Any day now. You will be in jail and I will be a priest/pastor.
It’s what you want right? You blabber on incessantly about it. I think you are secretly praying for it on your Objectivist bible.
Give it up d-head. You are preaching to an even smaller audience now since the new comment design went live. Suks to be you, derp.
Ng Hao-Ming says
“Although Copts, the indigenous Christian inhabitants of Egypt, account for, at the very least, 10 percent of Egypt’s population—and should, therefore, account for, at the very least, 10 percent of Egypt’s diplomatic corps:”
It is provable that Muslim jurisdictions discriminate against non-Muslims; that the Japanese and Chinese, among others, discriminate against the *other*.
Regardless, sorry to say, this is the same logical error that *proves* “systemic racism” in the U. S. That the U. S. Census category “Asian alone” is 6% of the population (U. S. Census Bureau) says nothing about how many Asians ought be generals, ambassadors, homeless, prisoners, starring actors/actresses, or anything else.
THX 1138 says
Nice to see a new name and a new voice here, welcome.
The only antidote for racism or any form of collectivism is — INDIVIDUALISM.
“A genius is a genius, regardless of the number of morons who belong to the same race—and a moron is a moron, regardless of the number of geniuses who share his racial origin.” – Ayn Rand
You couldn’t find individualism with two hands and a flashlight
Bruce D Burleson says
Religion is not race, but other than that your arguments are solid.
Muslims believe that when a person becomes a Muslim that they are then a different race.