National Association for the Defense of Rights and Freedoms Danger and warns of extremism that eats into the nation’s body
” Religion is for God and the homeland for all ”
The village of Kom al-Raheb – Samalut – Minya joins its similar villages in which neighboring Muslims and Copts coexist in housing and work without discrimination, but from a long period of time the expansion of the Wahhabi takfiri thought and some irresponsible fatwas from people who warned us a lot went out into the open and expanded in order to spread hatred and division Among the sons of the one Egyptian nation.
The events go back to when 2,500 Copts resorted to praying in one of the church buildings in the village, which has some administrative violations with the local unit regarding licenses and other procedures, and the local unit began to take measures to close this building. The building and there were negotiations between church officials, the local unit and the mayor of the village to find a way to correct the matter. All this and matters are moving in the direction of the law and the right of the Copts to establish their rituals and facilitate the procedures and things are going.
Even campaigns began on social media from some ignorant black-minded people who seek corruption on the land, cheering and stirring the ire of the people of the village against the Copts, and those who stand in the way of the people of the village beside the right to establish religious rites are being openly threatened, but the extremist ideology that has become ravaged in the body Civilization and the development of personal whims stirred up discord, and the Copts were attacked while performing their rituals on the street.
We have repeatedly warned with every similar incident that occurs in the Egyptian villages that we strongly warn against delaying dealing with these issues and trying to beautify things because we are in a homeland that must be stable, and citizenship and freedom of belief must be the predominant feature of a society that believes in cultural and religious pluralism.
The National Association for the Defense of Rights and Freedoms appeals to the Egyptian state to assume its responsibility by launching a national campaign (Religion is for God and the homeland for all), especially since we are in the year of building the Egyptian human being, as the President of the Republic said, because we know that construction starts from the mind, raising awareness and correct education for the concept of religion that calls To morals and peace. All Egyptian institutions, civil society, political institutions and educational institutions participate in this campaign. Let us teach our children that we are all Egyptian citizens, blood is one and color is one. Let us not differentiate between our children in schools in the share of religion. Let us establish a system to combat racism and give all the powers to reject extremist thought From our society, let us deal with the role of worship equally in procedures and other mechanisms that guarantee freedom of belief and the establishment of feelings, let us change the religion discourse and give more space for reflection in understanding the correct religion, not the sayings and interpretations of the owners of the black flags, extremist thought and pre-Islamic fatwas. Let us abolish what is called Religious parties because they are a great danger to the Egyptian state, and their presence gives a lot of space for fatwas and black ideas are a must To change the curriculum and find new mechanisms to preserve the identity of the Egyptian state in the cultural and religious pluralism.
The National Society for Defending Rights and Freedoms calls for taking all legal measures and investigating these events and striking with an iron hand for every person who contributed to spreading the spirit of division and incitement against Copts. We also demand to facilitate procedures for building churches, similar to the procedures for building mosques, as all are the homes of God, and we must confirm The right of every individual in this country to be secure while he maintains his rituals, and this is the duty of the state to provide protection and provide facilitation of procedures to build a place of worship.