February 10, 2008


Egypt Recognizes Right of Muslim Converts to Return to Former Faith (VOA News, 10 February 2008)

An Egyptian court has ruled the government must recognize the right of Christians who had converted to Islam to return to their old faith.

The Supreme Administrative Court ruled Saturday in the case of 12 former Coptic Christians. After converting to Islam, they had been prevented from returning to Christianity on the grounds that Islamic law would consider it an abandonment of the faith.

The Associated Press quotes an attorney Mamdouh Naklah for the Christians as saying the ruling is a victory for human rights and freedom of religion in Egypt.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 10, 2008 12:00 AM
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