Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi signed a decree Thursday to allow for the building of a Church in northern Egypt—the first such decree signed by the Egyptian head of state since his assuming the office in June of 2012—stands as a small positive step taken amidst growing abuses against Egypt’s Christian minority. Though, the granting of permission by the Morsi regime for the building of a church could very well have been a well-time political maneuver to avoid a reportedly planned demonstration by a large number of Egyptian Christians. Since the Arab Spring’s tumultuous upheaval of much of North Africa, Christians have increasingly faced both legal persecution at the hands of Egypt’s Islamic law as well as culturally at the hands of sectarian violence.
06/07/2013 Egypt (MidEast Christian News) – Mohamed Abu Hamid, former Egyptian Member of Parliament, said that the Muslim Brotherhood is trying to placate the Egyptian people after a series of public demonstrations called on citizens to overthrow the regime.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi issued a decision to build a church as an attempt to settle the unrest. But Abu Hamid stressed that the decision does not change the fact that the Brotherhood’s regime is sectarian and has been proven to be a first-class sectarian regime since Morsi’s inauguration.
President Mohamed Morsi recently issued a decree for building St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church in the New Nubaria City in Beheira Governorate [northern Egypt], on an area of 300 square meters. It is the first decision for building a church after Morsi took office in June 2012.