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I have a question regarding book of Ezra 7:26-27 (see below). In these verses, religion and politics seems to be mixed, right? Why this mix seemed OK at that time? I think it can be argued that when religion and politics are too close to each other, the minority suffers. Obviously, the minority could be Christians in a non-Christian country or could be non-Christians in a Christian country or could be atheists in a religious country or a BELEIVER in an atheist country. So, this politics-religion mix is unfair to the minority. Where do we draw the line? Although this mix is happening in “religious” countries, such as Egypt, you still hear the slogans in Arabic, “Eldeyn Lelah wa ‘Alwatan Lelgami3” meaning “Religion pertains to God and the Nation pertains to everyone.” What is the Coptic Orthodox Church's position on this issue in light of Ezra 7:26-27,
“And whosoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether it be unto death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment. Blessed be the Lord God of our fathers, which hath put such a thing as this in the king's heart, to beautify the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem”
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