A group of Egyptian intellectuals, "most of them with Islamic leanings," have released a statement criticizing the government for "submitting to the blackmail of Coptic extremists by surrendering her to the church to be detained against her will."
The hypocrisy is plain as day here. A few days ago when it was thought that Kostantin had been pressured to convert to Islam by her boss in the civil service, there were protests and outrage in the Coptic community. The government, so as to avoid sectarian tensions, found the lady and handed her over to church officials who kept her under house arrest for 10 days while a team of four priests convinced her to return to the cross. Now who's pressuring who?