The approval by the US House of Representative of the Freedom from Religious Persecution Act sparked controversy in the US and Egypt while the US administration sees that the bill is posing difficulties for it with strategically important states.
6. Freedom of Religious Persecution not through polarization
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Hulsman argues that there are social problems in Egypt but not persecution and that if the proposals for a law promoting religious freedom worldwide becomes law they could lead to polarization between Muslims and Christians in Egyptian society. He gives examples of stories which have been exaggerated in the US.
The recent allegations by some emigrated Copts that the Christians of Egypt are subjected to acts of violence aimed at their lives and belongings, ranking them as religiously persecuted, and thus subject to the law 2431 on Freedom from Religious Persecution, does not necessarily imply accusing them of ill intentions.
[Comment: In 1998 the RNSAW accepted requests from readers to remain anonymous. From the summer of 1998 this policy was changed.]
In a previous article in Al Ahram Mohammed Al-Samak mentioned a number of names of people he believes are behind the Freedom of Religious Persecution Act. A reader points out to serious mistakes in this article.
3. Egypt is a sovereign country and we do not permit interference in its affairs
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April 25, 1998
The author states that the present crisis also could be a reason to renew the bonds of love and relationships between Muslims and Christians. "We will not achieve safety and security except through a Coptic-Muslim unity that can stand in the face of the new hidden though clear conspiracies." The author then continues with an interview with Fathi Serour, Chairman of the Egyptian Parliament. Serour speaks about the sovereignty of a country and principles of international law.