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The Egyptian culture minister has called for accepting all religions; not just the three Abrahamic ones. The statement is a controversial one has divided opinions amongst religious scholars in Egypt.
In the midst of the recent sectarian events Egypt’s various political parties were noticeably quiet, with only the Tajammu party issuing a statement regarding the Abu Fana incidents. The article deplores that the political parties were not more active in responding to the events.
The article highlights the main findings of the 2008 UN human development report for Egypt, which is entitled, ’Social Contract in Egypt.’ The article comments that while education has improved there are still one in five Egyptians that live below the poverty line.
The author comments on the Culture Minister and his potential appointment to UNESCO, wondering how he can be considered for the position having openly proclaimed the need to burn books in his ministry about Israel.
Magdy Malak reflects on the scope and power of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and bemoans the lack of any real opposition parties that are able to compete with the ruling National Democratic Party.
The article discusses reactions to a recent Supreme Administrative Court ruling which forces the Coptic Orthodox Church to allow Copts that have been divorced through civil courts to re-marry.
The Azhar recently released a fatwá that calls for tough penalties against people who convert to Islam and then revert back to their original religion. Opinions are divided as to what effect this fatwá could have on Egyptian society.
The article considers the role of Copts in politics and parliament. He questions why so few Copts ever attain political appointments, and presents the viewpoints of those who believe the Copts already play an adequate role in parliament, and those who believe that further involvement is necessary.
The author discusses issues of confrontation regarding legally changing ones religion in official documents.
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