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Posted: 10/29/2013 3:48:07 AM EST
Just three months after the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi, it appears Egyptian authorities are taking a big step toward protecting the freedom of worship for the nation’s Christian community by lifting major restrictions on the construction of new churches.

Ahram Online reports that the committee working on amending the suspended 2012 constitution on Sunday adopted a transitional article that will nullify current restrictions on the construction of new churches. The 50-member committee adopted another article calling for “absolute freedom of belief” for all Egyptians.

To now, Christians — who comprise an estimated 10 to 15 percent of the population — have been required to obtain special presidential permits to construct or renovate churches. There is no parallel law regulating the construction of mosques.

International Christian Concern writes of the proposed amendment, “This development would mark a major change on Egypt’s historical stance towards the construction of new churches and religious freedom. Please pray that this measure is written into law.”

Senior officials with Al-Azhar, the nation’s highest Sunni Muslim authority, are demanding that freedom of religion be restricted to the three monotheistic faiths.

The minority Christian community has been subject to repeated attacks since the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 after the so-called Arab Spring demonstrations. Attacks have included the harassment and killing of community members and the torching of churches. Just last week, gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on worshipers celebrating a wedding at a Coptic Christian church in Cairo, killing one woman and wounding ten. After Morsi’s ejection from power, reprisal attacks increased, targeting not only churches but Christian business and homes.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/10/29/egypt-set-to-make-major-changes-related-to-christian-churches/
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Good.

(They must be losing a metric ton of tourism dollars...)
Link Posted: 10/29/2013 6:51:16 AM EST
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Originally Posted By mhall8811:
Good.

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I find it unlikely that the chief reason Christians aren't going to Egypt is that there's so few Churches for them to pray in.
Link Posted: 10/29/2013 6:52:48 AM EST
I'll hold judgement to see if this is anything more than words on paper.
Link Posted: 10/29/2013 6:54:56 AM EST
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I find it unlikely that the chief reason Christians aren't going to Egypt is that there's so few Churches for them to pray in.
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Originally Posted By mhall8811:
Good.

(They must be losing a metric ton of tourism dollars...)

I find it unlikely that the chief reason Christians aren't going to Egypt is that there's so few Churches for them to pray in.


They are not going there, in part, because their repressive attitude and laws towards Christians makes it too unsafe to go there.
Link Posted: 10/29/2013 7:02:26 AM EST
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They are not going there, in part, because their repressive attitude and laws towards Christians makes it too unsafe to go there.
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Originally Posted By mhall8811:
Good.

(They must be losing a metric ton of tourism dollars...)

I find it unlikely that the chief reason Christians aren't going to Egypt is that there's so few Churches for them to pray in.


They are not going there, in part, because their repressive attitude and laws towards Christians makes it too unsafe to go there.

I find it equally as unlikely that any Christian who *wasn't* going there based on their attitudes towards Christians are now going to start.
Link Posted: 10/29/2013 7:05:12 AM EST
It is always a good thing when Obama's chosen are defeated.
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It is always a good thing when Obama's chosen are defeated.
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In what way is this a "defeat?"
Link Posted: 10/29/2013 7:08:24 AM EST
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I find it equally as unlikely that any Christian who *wasn't* going there based on their attitudes towards Christians are now going to start.
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Originally Posted By HKUSP45C:
Originally Posted By mhall8811:
Good.

(They must be losing a metric ton of tourism dollars...)

I find it unlikely that the chief reason Christians aren't going to Egypt is that there's so few Churches for them to pray in.


They are not going there, in part, because their repressive attitude and laws towards Christians makes it too unsafe to go there.

I find it equally as unlikely that any Christian who *wasn't* going there based on their attitudes towards Christians are now going to start.

Not what I meant at all.
I was implying that the leadership of Egypt (whoever that is nowadays) seems to be doing something good in the eyes of the world for the purpose of not looking like the other radical Islamist nations in the area.
They have a large tourism industry in Egypt and it's my guess that looking more and more like (insert "radical Islamist nation at odds with the west" name here) isn't helping that industry flourish.
It has to be hurting their economy and I'm sure they are missing that money.
Link Posted: 10/29/2013 7:09:07 AM EST
Wow!



That's the first news I've read in a long time that made me feel good!
Link Posted: 10/29/2013 7:11:19 AM EST
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I find it equally as unlikely that any Christian who *wasn't* going there based on their attitudes towards Christians are now going to start.
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Originally Posted By HKUSP45C:
Originally Posted By mhall8811:
Good.

(They must be losing a metric ton of tourism dollars...)

I find it unlikely that the chief reason Christians aren't going to Egypt is that there's so few Churches for them to pray in.


They are not going there, in part, because their repressive attitude and laws towards Christians makes it too unsafe to go there.

I find it equally as unlikely that any Christian who *wasn't* going there based on their attitudes towards Christians are now going to start.


Then your missing the forest for the tree's man.
Link Posted: 10/29/2013 7:14:10 AM EST
They'll pass the law, then their wonderful police force will be the first to turn a blind left eye while the right hand throws a molatov cocktail into the first new church.
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Originally Posted By mhall8811:

Not what I meant at all.
I was implying that the leadership of Egypt (whoever that is nowadays) seems to be doing something good in the eyes of the world for the purpose of not looking like the other radical Islamist nations in the area.
They have a large tourism industry in Egypt and it's my guess that looking more and more like (insert "radical Islamist nation at odds with the west" name here) isn't helping that industry flourish.
It has to be hurting their economy and I'm sure they are missing that money.
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Originally Posted By HKUSP45C:
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Originally Posted By HKUSP45C:
Originally Posted By mhall8811:
Good.

(They must be losing a metric ton of tourism dollars...)

I find it unlikely that the chief reason Christians aren't going to Egypt is that there's so few Churches for them to pray in.


They are not going there, in part, because their repressive attitude and laws towards Christians makes it too unsafe to go there.

I find it equally as unlikely that any Christian who *wasn't* going there based on their attitudes towards Christians are now going to start.

Not what I meant at all.
I was implying that the leadership of Egypt (whoever that is nowadays) seems to be doing something good in the eyes of the world for the purpose of not looking like the other radical Islamist nations in the area.
They have a large tourism industry in Egypt and it's my guess that looking more and more like (insert "radical Islamist nation at odds with the west" name here) isn't helping that industry flourish.
It has to be hurting their economy and I'm sure they are missing that money.

All true.

It's also just as likely that someone looked around and said "why the fuck are we treating a significant portion of our citizenry like serfs?"

Having grown up in the Middle East I can honestly say that the vast majority of the regular folks are not the Islamic charicature that they are portrayed as by the membership here. At least in the parts I travelled to and spent time in, to include Egypt.
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