Ahmed Gomaa, File, Associated Press
FILE - In this Sunday, June 3, 2012, file photo, Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi confers with an aide during a meeting with relatives, unseen, of those killed and injured during last year's revolution that forced former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak from power, in Cairo, Egypt. The victor in the freest election in Egypt’s history, the bespectacled, bearded Mohammed Morsi will have a chance to prove his mettle by standing up to the ruling generals who in recent days have stripped the presidency of real power.

Egyptians were relieved Monday by a relatively smooth transition of power after the country's first free and fair election in modern history.

But Christianity Today reports mixed views among many of the nation's Coptic Christians over the free election of Mohammed Morsi, a native-born Islamist.

"Between ourselves (as Christians) we say we are for (Morsi's opponent Ahmed) Shafiq, but we cannot mention this publicly," said Father Yu'annis, a priest of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Upper Egypt. "But as a church we say — and believe — that we will accept who God gives us and work for the good of Egypt. Many people are afraid now and are thinking of emigrating. But Egypt is a country of rumors, and if not for these we would all be fine."

Morsi, of the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood, tried to allay concerns in a victory speech, saying, "Egyptians, Muslims and Christians … will face together the strife and conspiracies that target our national unity. We are all equal in rights, and we all have duties towards this homeland."

Morsi also vowed to have a Christian deputy and proceeded to resign from the Brotherhood following his victory speech.

Some Copts are not convinced, however, instead believing the country has been slowly but surely manipulated into Islamist rule.

"Morsi's win produces many fears for Copts, because he will establish a religious state and is against citizenship," said Nader Shukry of the Maspero Youth Union, a human and Coptic rights organization formed following the post-revolution attacks on churches. "Copts fear we will be isolated from high positions in government and society even worse than we were under Mubarak."

Others find hope in Morsi's election.

"No matter how good or bad Morsi will be as a president, at least we have rotated power to someone different," said Ayman Ramsis, a Coptic evangelical development consultant. "Yes, we might not be able to secure a second rotation, but being afraid of change will hinder us from moving forward. Maintaining the old system means maintaining the high possibility of continued corruption."