Posted by: becketfund | July 24, 2007

Egypt: Grand Mufti Retracts Support for Religious Freedom

When AFP reported that Egypt’s Grand Mufti, Ali Gomaa, had opined that conversion is a matter between the individual and God, and that there should be no worldly punishment for rejecting ones faith, many viewed it as a landmark statement in a country where citizens have previously experienced legal hurdles in obtaining recognition for their conversions away from Islam. However, in a piece published by Gulf News, Gomaa retracted his statement, saying that “Islam prohibits a Muslim from changing his religion and that apostasy is a crime, which must be punished.”

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