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This is the transcript of the presentation H.E. Bishop Dr. Yohanna Qulta (84) gave at the Webinar on Inclusive Citizenship on September 26, 2020. This transcript was made by Shady Saleh elSherif. Before Bishop Qulta became a priest he was teaching philosophy at Cairo University, Egypt. He is a...
The Muslim Council of Elders, chaired by Grand Imām of al-Azhar, Dr. Aḥmad al-Ṭayyīb, rejected the desecration of copies of the Holy Qurʾān by “some extremists” and the following assaults on churches in Pakistan, also by “some extremists.”
Whether North European countries stopped licensing the burning of copies of the Holy Qurʾān, or any other holy book, or not, or whether the UN adopted an agreement banning contempt of others’ sanctities and beliefs, or not, this disgraceful act is a shame on the authorities that protect it!
What freedoms of opinion and expression were gained in Europe, and the West in general, since the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, published cartoons insulting the Prophet Muḥammad in 2005?
Some Western nations, like Sweden and Denmark, consider the insult to the Prophet Muḥammad and the burning of copies of the Holy Qurʾān as a sign of freedom of expression to boast about as a democratic pattern, but would strongly criminalize any media or channels of expression attacking...
Secretary-General of the Islamic Research Academy, Dr. Naẓīr ʿAyyād, praised the role and constant efforts by Grand Imām of al-Azhar, Dr. Aḥmad Ṭayyīb, to promote an enlightened religious discourse and counter hate speech.
Grand Muftī Shawqī ʿAllām said that some people think that freedom would mean that religions, divine books, prophets, and sanctities should be insulted and that these people would have no reservations about hurting the feelings of millions of Muslims – and even non-Muslims.
Foreign ministry spokesman, Aḥmad Abū Zayd, said that Egypt’s Foreign Minister, Sāmiḥ Shukrī, received a phone call from his Danish counterpart, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, to discuss repeated incidents of the desecration of the holy Qurʾān and the crimes of contempt of religion that jeopardize peaceful...
President of the Protestant Community of Egypt, Dr. Andrēa Zakī, said that the state has played a major role in the legalization of churches, adding that the Coptic Evangelical community has 1,500 churches, from which 500 were registered.
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is convening an urgent session on July 11, 2023, during its 53rd ordinary session in Geneva.


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