Opposing an Islamic reference for the state is a rejection of ethics and morality, Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie said Tuesday.
"An Islamic reference for a civil state is the only guarantee for all Egyptians, but to call for a civil state without an Islamic reference is contradictory and against ethics and morality," Badie said.
During a popular conference in Sohag, Upper Egypt, Badie declared he will head a delegation of Brotherhood members that will visit the head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Shenouda III, after he returns from the United States, where he is undergoing medical checks.
Badie urged the group's younger generation to avoid sedition and to "unite with Christians to protect the revolution."
He repeated the assertion that the Brotherhood will not nominate any member for presidency, threatening any members who seek election with dismissal from the group.
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