Egypt: Government preparing a document on “protection of churches”

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Christians in Egypt

Egypt is preparing a document on the “protection of churches in Islam” in the wake of growing religious intolerance and attacks on Churches in the country.

In line with details, a about a month’s time the Egyptian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs which is principally a body connected to Egypt’s Ministry for Religious facilities (WAQF), will be publishing a document on the subject of “protection of the churches in Islam”. This was publicly aired by the Muhammad Mukhtar who heads the department.

This document which is currently under the process of preparation is basically being prepared with an intention to present the references to the Islamic holy book Qur’an which can be explained into simple yet inspirational forms of the values of religious coexistence and mutual respect among followers of different religious backgrounds.

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On Wednesday, March 30, during the presentation of an extra publishing venture, a manual-encyclopedia which is dedicated to the denunciation of the false conceptions of Islam, Muhammad Mukhtar announced this news. He said that the document which is still under preparations will be a valuable tool to fight religious extremism.

The increase in religion based targeting has been on the rise since August 2014, when the Islamist groups started targeting churches and Christian educational institutions across Egypt as a result of Egyptian military’s domination. The wave of terror left more than forty churches burned and looted by the religious fundamentalists.

However, recently, one of Egypt’s administrative courts ruled that churches can not be demolished at all, as they are places of worship. The Egyptian court’s ruling was related to a case of a Greek Orthodox Patriarchate church which had been a few years ago, and it’s current owner had asked to demolish the church building in order to build a new premises in its place.