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Wednesday ,06 August 2014

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The vast majority of Coptic internet users in Egypt rose up against the decision of Anba Bishoy, Bishop of Damietta and Kafr El-Sheikh, who ordered women to wear decent clothing and to avoid using makeup when attending church to partake of the communion.

In the beginning, I refused the decision like many people did. However, I changed my mind after thinking for a while. First, the language of the decision doesn’t have any form of contempt or disdain for women, but it reminds them of the sanctity of the place of prayer and God's house. Christianity never encourages impropriety or immodesty. It rather encourages modesty and giving greater concern to the inward beauty.

The bible says: “in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.  Let a woman learn in silence with all submission.”
(1 Timothy 2:9-11)

In many places, people never treat the church like house of God. Women wear indecent clothes that never fit the church or even their own bodies. We always see such provoking clothes in wedding ceremonies.

In fact, I support the decision of Anba Bishoy that reserves the sanctity of the churches against those who treat them as social clubs.