Representatives of Al-Azhar in the 50-member committee tasked with amending Egypt’s 2012 constitution have objected to an alleged Coptic demand to remove a phrase from Article 3 of the suspended constitution, according to a committee member.
The contested article states, “For Egyptian Christians and Jews, the principles of their religious law will be the main source in regulating their personal status, matters pertaining to their religion, and the selection of their spiritual leadership.”
“The removal of this phrase could threaten the social peace in the Egypt,” said Mohamed Abdel Salam, secretary of the Basic Components of the State sub-committee, and one of Al-Azhar representatives in the committee.
Head of the Coptic Church Pope Tawadros II reportedly demanded the removal of the phrase during a meeting with the committee chairman Amr Moussa on Wednesday. Spokesman of the committee Mohamed Salmawy denied these reports.
Translated from Youm7