Posted by: becketfund | August 9, 2007

Egypt: Convert Receives Death Threats After Case is Publicized

The Associated Press reports that Mohamed Hegazy, Egypt’s first-ever example of a born Muslim seeking legal recognition of his conversion away from Islam, has received death threats and has had problems retaining legal counsel since his case became public. Hegazy, who was baptized into the Coptic Orthodox Church last year, wants to ensure that he will be able to raise his children as Christians, as under Egyptian law, any children he has will be registered under the legally-recognized religion of the father. As Hegazy is still a Muslim in the eyes of the government, this would create difficulty should his children choose to practice Christianity openly or want to marry a non-Muslim.

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