Egypt adopts disputed law on churches
THE Egyptian parliament has adopted a law on regulating the construction of churches, despite opposition by some members of the Christian community.
Egypt’s Copts, the Middle East’s largest Christian minority, have long struggled to obtain official permission to build places of worship.
They find it especially difficult to erect churches south of Cairo, where even the rumour of Christians building one can spark mob violence.
The new law stipulates that provincial governors will be authorised to issue permits to build churches and that they must respond within four months to each application.
In the case of refusal, the community may appeal the decision to the administrative court.
The construction of churches is still governed by a ministerial decree dating back to 1934. –