Thursday, June 9, 2011

Muslims, Copts Critical of Draft Law on Mosque/Church Construction

Representatives of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood are criticizing the recently released draft of a new law for the regulation of the construction of places of worship. The draft law would not allow the construction of new places of worship within one kilometer of existing ones, which the Brotherhood says would deprive Muslims in areas with high population densities of an adequate number of mosques to pray in.

For its part the Coptic Orthodox Church has criticized other articles of the draft law that would place all churches and mosques under a government-sponsored central auditing authority and retain the old system of requiring government permission for new churches to be built. More here.

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