Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Egypt Passes Church Construction Law

Egypt's Parliament yesterday approved a new law governing the building and renovation of Christian churches. 10% of Egypt's population is Coptic Christian.  Reuters reports that the law allows provincial governors (instead of the security services) to approve or deny church building and renovation permits. Coptic Church officials see then new law as progress, but Christian activists would have preferred a unified law governing both mosque and church construction. Restrictions in the new law are still more extensive than those which apply to mosque construction.   In the past, suspected Christian church building has led to sectarian riots.