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18. The problem of building churches will not be resolved by a unified law for houses of worship alone
Fri, 2010-05-07 15:09 —
Developments in Muslim-Christian relations in the Arab world
The problem of building churches will not be resolved by a unified law for houses of worship alone
Date of source:
February 28, 2010
This article stresses that passing a unified law for houses of worship will not resolve sectarian tensions entirely. The author argues that the public attitude against building churches has to change.
Article full text:
During his meeting with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, HamdīZaqzūq, the minister of endowments, stated that the unified law for houses of worship will be put forward to parliament.
The author asserts that sectarian tensions and the problem of building churches cannot be resolved by a unified law for houses of worship alone. The basic problem lies in the public attitude against building churches, he points out. The political leadership, according to the author, has a real desire to pass the law. However, it realizes that it would be confronted by an influential minority amid a silent majority, and that this could stir tensions.
The author suggests that in case the awaited law is postponed or turned down, the problem of building churches can be gradually solved through allocating a set number of churches according to the number of Christians, as indicated by their national ID cards. He adds that the culture of accepting the other should be enforced in order for the root problem to be resolved.
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