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On the second day, summer school participants were privileged to learn from a member of the European Parliament, Bas Belder. 
Christianity and Islam were the main focus of interreligious dialogue in the summer school. Not all participants, however, were adherents of those two religions. Some participants identified as being atheist, agnostic, or spiritualist. Two participants that identified as spiritualist presented...
Mrs. Corry-Anne van der Tang, a researcher for the SGP (Reformed Political Party) in the Netherlands and a young graduate of the Faculty of Law gave an interesting presentation about Christian youth living in a Dutch secular society. 
Atheism in Egypt has generated widespread debates in the printed media as well as on social networking websites following the 25 January 2011 Revolution, amid the growing feeling of a large sector of Egyptians of freely expressing their ideas and religious beliefs, and a shock for the Egyptian...
In his novel ‘Al-Safīnah al-Ḥamrāʾ, min Bayrūt ilā al-Bahāʾiyīn’ (The Red Ship: From Beirut To The Baha'is’, the Egyptian novelist, Samīr Zakī, deals with a sensitive and thorny theme in some countries in the Arab region, namely, the Baha'i faith. 
  In a special statement to el-Wady News, Lūqa Radhī, a representative of the Archbishop of Mary and John Qūsiyya said that atheism is not as common an occurrence as thought, but that government officials need to accept that God made humans with free will and should choose to worship God without...
MP Muḥammad Fuʾād said that the speech of President ʿAbd al-Fattāḥ al-Sīsī at the World Youth Forum on the freedom of religious belief “is very progressive and there must be policies to implement this.” During his interview hosted by the ‘90 Minutes’ talk show, aired on al-Miḥwar TV channel, on...
In an interview hosted by Ṣada al-Balad, Dr. Rev. Andrīyya Zakī of the Coptic Evangelical Church declared that marriage of homosexual has no theological grounds, and cannot be therefore accepted by the Church, stressing that the Church does not close her door to anyone.
 The Bahā’ī faith entered Egypt in 1864. A governmental decree was issued in 1960 to dissolve all Bahā’ī gatherings in Egypt. There is no precise enumeration of Baha’is in Egypt.  The city of Acre, Akko, or ʿAkkā in Arabic, is the holiest city for the Bahā’ī faith, and is occupied by Israel.
UN sources have assured that the continuation of the acts of violence in Burma is targeted at Muslims and aims at killing and displacing them. The last attack targeted the offices of the UN and other organizations in Burma and led to the killing and displacement of tens of thousands of Muslims. The...
MP Dr. Muḥammad Fuʾād submitted a request to the House of Representatives, suggesting a briefing to be submitted by the Cabinet on the situation of the right of worship for Egyptian citizens.
Dr. Shawqī ‘Allām, the grand muftī, stated that Dār al- Iftā is not isolated from the needs of the Egyptian people.
 The Ministry of Endowments agreed with Dār al- Iftā yesterday to form a joint committee that include members of the Ministry and the Dār and all the agencies of the Azhar in order to respond to religious allegations and doubts
Writing in 1999 for al-Usbūʿ newspaper, Hānī Zayyāt and Muṣṭafā Sulaymān expressed the
 A hearing was held in the U.S. Congress about state of rights of minorities in Morsi’s (Mursī) era. The session was entitled, “Violation of Human Rights in Egypt”.
Here is the transcription of a report by France 24 on the  proposal of criminalising atheism. It can be viewed  here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1cQOEZieC0).   In Egypt, parliamentarians are working on a project to criminalise not having a faith. Many of them refused to speak  about this...
In an attempt to monitor the situation of Copts around the world, we observe in Australia the visit of Bishop Rāfāʾīl, Secretary of the Coptic Orthodox Holy Synod, in Canada the struggle of Copts against sex education, and in America a verdict of 175 years in prison for assaulting minors.
Vetogate spots three Christian groups in Egypt that are banned by the Coptic Orthodox Church for reasons of ‘heresy’, while the Egyptian authorities authorized their activities. 
The Minister of [Religious] Endowments, Dr. Muḥammad Mukhtār Jumʿā, said that in Egypt 120 minarets are calling for truth, stressing that al-Azhar Mosque promotes moderate Islam in the world.  
Al-Azhar has finally decided to take serious steps towards tackling a so far unspoken issue, the minefield of atheism. This is a phenomenon that started spreading among Egyptian youth, on the wake of the violent social and political changes that Egypt underwent lately, even though the...

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