The West backed the Egyptian revolution, and now the Copts are reaping the consequences. They have realized that Islam doesn't allow non-Muslims to take part in legislation, and they have backed out of Constitutional negotiations.
This is just a foreshadowing of things to come.
REUTERS--Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church has announced it is withdrawing from talks on a new constitution, saying Islamist domination of the drafting body has made its participation "pointless," Egypt's state news agency said.
The decision late on Sunday followed calls by Egyptian liberals to boycott the constitution drafting committee, which is seen as failing to adequately represent the nation's diversity.
The current constitution was suspended by the country's army rulers in February of last year shortly after they took power from Egypt's long-serving autocratic president, Hosni Mubarak.
The 100-member constitutional assembly selected by the parliament is dominated by Islamists, reflecting their resounding victory in parliamentary elections.
"The Coptic Orthodox Church General Council agreed with the approval of all of the council's 20 members to withdraw from the constitutional assembly... as it found it was pointless for the church to be represented following the comments made by the national forces about the way the assembly was formed," the state news agency said, quoting a church statement.
Coptic Christians, who form Egypt's biggest minority group and constitute most of Egypt's 10 percent Christian population, have long had a difficult relationship with the country's overwhelmingly Muslim majority.
Since Mubarak's ouster, Christians have become increasingly worried after an upsurge in attacks on churches, which they blame on hardline Islamists, although experts say local disputes are often also behind them. (Read more.)
***UPDATE*** Peaceful and tolerant Western Muslim apologist Osama Abdallah just posted a comment declaring his support for Muslim efforts to eradicate Christianity in Egypt. Osama believes that Egyptian Muslims should indeed expel Christians. He writes:
"In short, they want to eradicate the pornography that is called christianity from Egypt. Anyone with the least dignity should support them on this. But who am I talking to?!"
We can only assume that Osama supports the destruction of Coptic churches, the oppression and forced conversion of Copts, etc.