Imam Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb in Egypt has formed a committee to draft a new law that deals with violence in the name of religion. This comes after the remarks of cleric Salem Abdel Galil who claimed that Christians and Jews follow corrupt religions. The bill will create punishments up to the death penalty for those who incite violence or hatred. This bill will hopefully address the escalating violence in Egypt and provide a long-term solution for Christians facing persecution.
2017-05-16 Egypt (Al Bawaba News) – The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb announced on Saturday the formation of a new committee which is assigned to prepare a new law to confront hatred and violence in the name of religion, according to a statement from the institution.
Al-Tayeb assigned his legislative counsellor Mohammed Abdel-Salam to preside over the committee. Abdel-Salam hopes that “the effects of the legislation, where there will be no hatred and violence, on the long run.”
He said that the committee is to hold several meetings to prepare the draft law to be sent to the parliament so that it would be discussed during the next session. He added that the proposed law bans inciting hatred and violent practices in the name of religion and will help with spreading the “enlightened rhetoric.”