CALL FOR CREATING A PRESSURE MECHANISM
TO PASS A LAW ON ALL WORSHIP PLACES
second time, a bill regulating the construction of places of worship was
presented last Sunday to the Egyptian Parliament by Counselor Mohammed Goueily,
Chairman of Parliamentary Committee on Suggestions and Complaints. The project
law couldn’t be debated in the past session due to elections.
Counselor Goueily announced that the project law received unanimous support from
the said -Committee and was sent to the Housing Committee in order to make a
special report that would be viewed by Parliament.
Goueily mentioned that the detailed study of the bill demonstrated the
importance of passing this law as soon as possible in order to strengthen
citizenship and equality between all citizens, as it is believed that mosques
and churches are God’s houses. He also referred to President Mubarak’s decision
no. 291 of the year 2005, which authorizes governors to issue permits to build
or modify an existing church. This in turn will support such law, which
eventually will abrogate all related previous decisions.
Goueily called on all political parties as well as all civil society
organizations, which declared their support to issue a unified law on the
construction of worship places, to send their support in writing to parliament
and the National Party in order to unify the efforts, forming a pressure
mechanism to adopt this law as soon as possible, specially that the principle of
such law received acceptance by acclamation.
said-bill consists of two articles: the first deals with the construction and
maintenance of all places of worship, be it Muslim, Christian or Jewish, in
accordance with law No. 106 of year 1976. The second article annuls all
decisions and regulations previously issued with regard to the construction of
places of worship.
support this bill, please sign the Petition in English:
Equality for All Egyptians],
Translated from an Arabic
text published in Watani Weekly, Feb. 5, 2006, p.1