|Pope Tawadros II at Easter|
As we already knew on Friday, President Morsi of Egypt did not attend Coptic Pope Tawadros II's first Easter service at St. Mark's Cathedral in Cairo. Instead, the senior civilian government official attending was Prime Minister Hesham Qandil.
But the country's senior military figure, Gen. ‘Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi, Defense Minister and head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, was there. I note this for those tea-leaf readers who are trying to discern the uneasy and sometimes obscure relations between the Armed Forces and the Muslim Brotherhood.
In other Easter-related commentary from Egypt: Yasmine Fathi atAhram Online offers a summary of setarian tensions since the Revolution: "M is for Mosque: How Egypt's Copts were Sidelined". Ahram, of course, is state-owned; the independent liberal Al-Tahrir's take (in Arabic) is entitled الملف الأخطر فى تاريخ الصحافة المصرية.. الأقباط تحت حكم الإخوان ["The Most Dangerous File in the History of the Egyptian Press: The Copts Under the Rule of the Brotherhood."]
In the blogosphere, Issandr at The Arabist adds "Further Reading on Salafi Attitudes to Greetings on Non-Muslim Holidays."