Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Egypt: Conversion from Islam Threatens Social Order

Compass Direct has an interesting brief article on the status of the case of Maher Ahmad El-Mo’otahssem Bellah El-Gohary, the man who sought to have his official government identity card changed to reflect his conversion to Christianity. The good news is that the lawyers are hopeful:
In the dilapidated office here of three lawyers representing one of Egypt’s “most wanted” Christian converts, the mood was hopeful in spite of a barrage of death threats against them and their client. At a court hearing on May 2, a judge agreed to a request by the convert from Islam to join the two cases he has opened to change his ID card to reflect his new faith. The court set June 13 as the date to rule on Maher Ahmad El-Mo’otahssem Bellah El-Gohary’s case, and lawyer Nabil Ghobreyal said he was hopeful that progress thus far will lead to a favorable ruling.

The bad news is this government report:
At the same time, El-Gohary’s lawyers termed potentially “catastrophic” for Egyptian human rights a report sent to the judge by the State Council, a consultative body of Egypt’s Administrative Court. Expressing outrage at El-Gohary’s “audacity” to request a change in the religious designation on his ID, the report claims the case is a threat to societal order and violates sharia (Islamic law). “This [report] is bombarding freedom of religion in Egypt,” said lawyer Said Faiz. “They are insisting that the path to Islam is a one-way street. The entire report is based on sharia.”

HatTip: Women Against Shariah

1 comment: said...

It is really sad that people all around the world never realize that at the end we are all human kind... just one soul. Interesting article!