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Fatima Naoot, an Egyptian writer and poet, criticized the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi Sheikh Abu Islam because she allegedly converted to Christianity while also leading a campaign accusing her of infidelity after her defense of Copts in the country.
Naoot revealed she felt distressed not for being accused of infidelity, but because there are such shallow minds in Egypt, during a televised interview on Al-Nahar.
"If you know that your house is made of fragile glass, do not throw stones," Naoot said, addressing Sheikh Abu Islam.
"Not only do they allege that I was Christianized by the late Pope Shenouda III, but also that I am leading campaigns to evangelize," Naoot added. "I did not have the honor to meet H. H. Pope Shenouda III, and when I learned that he passed away I regretted that I did not meet him. He left me his own rosary with one of the church ministers."
She stressed that Pope Shenouda was a great figure from whom both Muslims and Christians learned much.
Naoot then described the efforts by Islamists to shut down the ballet and the opera, insisting that the Muslim Brotherhood's members are not creative enough and will not be able to run the opera house.
Alaa Abdel Aziz, the Egyptian Minister of Culture issued a decision to end the mandate of Dr. Inas Abdel Dayem, head of the opera house. The decision prompted employees of the house to sit in until he retracts his decision. This comes at a time in which Salafi leaders are calling for banning ballet because they deem it an art of nudity.
"The Brotherhood regime is the most dangerous occupation Egypt has ever seen. The British occupation established the second rail line and the French occupation brought printing to Egypt, but the Muslim Brotherhood is destroying the country," Naoot remarked.