(JNS.org) While protests against President Mohamed Morsi rock Egypt, members of the country’s secular and Christian opposition factions are accusing the U.S. government of supporting Mohamed Morsi’s Islamist government at their expense, Al-Ahram reported.
Comments made earlier in June by U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson sparked an atypical anti-American reaction from the Egyptian opposition.
“Some say that street action will produce better results than elections,” Patterson said, according to the Wall Street Journal. “To be honest, my government and I are deeply skeptical. More violence on the streets will do little more than add new names to the lists of martyrs. Instead, I recommend Egyptians get organized.”
“She is an evil lady who is creating divisions. How is this any of her business?” George Ishaq, a prominent Egyptian Christian activist, said of Patterson on a popular talk show following her comments.
Coptic Christian leaders in the U.S. also criticized the Obama administration’s handling of Egypt.
“America could be on the wrong side of history by its continued support for a fascistic regime that is rejected by the Egyptian people,” Adel Guindy, president of Coptic Solidarity, said at the group’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., according to a press statement.