Egypt recognizes Christian converts.

The ID cards will say they adopted Islam for a brief period.

Twelve Egyptian converts to Christianity have had their conversions officially recognized by an Egyptian court.


The Hanging Church of Copts in Cairo, Egypt.

Has the Archbishop gone bonkers?


Times on Line 

Forgive the stark clarity of my headline, but sometimes when writing about the Archbishop of Canterbury, clarity is what is needed. I ask this of readers here, because this is the question put to me time after time this afternoon by incredulous commentators of every variety, stunned into blunt expression by the Archbishop of Canterbury's uncharacteristically clear comments on Sharia in Britain.


Customs officer claims Bibles must be cleared with Internal Security Ministry.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia,(Compass Direct News) – A customs officer on January 28 confiscated two boxes containing 32 Bibles at a low-cost carrier terminal from a citizen returning from a trip to the Philippines, further troubling Malaysian Christians beset by government curbs on press and religious freedoms.

Pentagon Aide's Invitations Contradicted U.S. Policy

IPT News 

At the urging of a subordinate, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England scheduled at least two meetings with foreign emissaries in direct contradiction of U.S. policy at the time. The meetings date back to 2005. They involved a Lebanese ambassador considered a proxy for the Syrian government and a leading member of Syria's Muslim Brotherhood.

Elderly Burned Convert Dies In Bangladesh 

By BosNewsLife News Center  

DHAKA, Christian villagers in a Muslim-majority area of Bangladesh on Tuesday, February 5, mourned the death of a 70-year-old woman who died from burns she suffered when a mob reportedly set her home ablaze as a punishment for converting from Islam to Christianity.

Multiple wives will mean multiple benefits

By Jonathan Wynne-Jones

Husbands with multiple wives have been given the go-ahead to claim extra welfare benefits following a year-long Government review, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

Female Muslim medics 'disobey hygiene rules'

By Julie Henry and Laura Donnelly

Muslim medical students are refusing to obey hygiene rules brought in to stop the spread of deadly superbugs, because they say it is against their religion

Women training in several hospitals in England have raised objections to removing their arm coverings in theatre and to rolling up their sleeves when washing their hands, because it is regarded as immodest in Islam.

International Herald Tribune

2 Britons are charged with distributing materials that encouraged acts of terrorism

The Associated Press

LONDON: Two people have been charged in Britain with distributing a publication that encourages acts of terrorism, police said Sunday.

Amjad Mahmood, 29, and Shella Roma, 27, both of Manchester, northern England, were arrested on Thursday and released on bail. They will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on Feb. 12.


Muslim Converts to Christianity Could Die at Hands of Attackers

 Advocates for The Persecuted

Egypt's First Convert from Islam to Christianity to Press for Rights Now Under Severe Pressure, as Islamists Call For His Death.

From Advocates For The Persecuted- by Jan Fletcher

From Advocates For The Persecuted- by Jan Fletcher

Al Libi, top al-Qaida figure killed in Pakistan

laith-al-abda-picture.jpgAssociated Press

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Abu Laith al-Libi, a top al-Qaida commander blamed for bombing an Afghan base while Vice President Cheney visited last year, was killed in Pakistan by an airstrike, a U.S. government official said Thursday.

Court Rules Against Egyptian Convert

Judge: ‘He can believe whatever he wants in his heart, but on paper he can’t convert.’

by Peter Lamprecht

ISTANBUL, January 31 (Compass Direct News) – In a blow to religious freedom in Egypt, a Cairo court has ruled against a Muslim convert to Christianity who requested that his religious affiliation be changed.

Cameron seeks 'hate preachers' ban to stop Sheik Qradawi

 The Press Association     

Conservative leader David Cameron has called for a ban on "preachers of hate" entering the United Kingdom.

Mr Cameron accused Prime Minister Gordon Brown of dithering over the case of Islamist cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, following press reports that he is to be granted permission to come to London for medical treatment.

Does Egypt really respects freedom of religion? 

Egyptian court refuses to rule in case of Muslim convert to Christianity


By Jason Groves

AN “overwhelming majority” of Europeans believe immigration from Islamic countries is a threat to their traditional way of life, a survey revealed last night.


The poll, carried out across 21 countries, found “widespread anti-immigration sentiment”, but warned Europe’s Muslim population will treble in the next 17 years.

Tempers Flare into Melee at Egyptian Convert’s "Hegazi" Hearing

Upcoming ruling to set legal precedent for freedom to change religious affiliation.

ISTANBUL, January 25 (Compass Direct News) – An Egyptian judge is scheduled to rule next week on the case of a Muslim-born convert to Christianity whose court hearing threatened to turn into a brawl earlier this month, the convert’s lawyer said.

Next Tuesday (January 29) Judge Muhammad Husseini is expected to decide whether to allow former Muslim Mohammed Ahmed Hegazy to drop his case to change his religious affiliation in order to correct certain legal mistakes, lawyer Gamal Eid said.

Muslim opening prayer at Iowa Statehouse raises concerns Laughing

Pilot Tribune By: Erin Ballou, Pilot Tribune Staff 

The Iowa Legislature started just over a week ago and some people were upset before the first issue was every addressed.
When the session began, a Muslim Imam began the prayer in the Iowa Legislature. This is where the controversy begins.


Afghan Student Sentenced to Death for Downloading Paper Against Islam

KABUL, Afghanistan —  An Afghan court on Tuesday sentenced a 23-year-old journalism student to death for distributing a paper he printed off the Internet that three judges said violated the tenets of Islam, an official said.

The three-judge panel sentenced Sayad Parwez Kambaksh to death for distributing a paper that humiliated Islam, said Fazel Wahab, the chief judge in the northern province of Balkh, where the trial took place. Wahab did not preside over the trial.

Hegazy case postponed, again

 By Magdy Samaan
First Published: January 22, 2008

Daily News 

A Cairo court on Tuesday postponed till Jan. 29 the final verdict on the case of Mohamed Hegazy, a Muslim who converted to Christianity.
Hegazy’s lawyer had requested a freeze on the case to complete legal procedures, but while the public attorney had agreed to the request, the 20 lawyers spearheading an apostasy case against Hegazy had refused the request, leading the court to adjourn the hearing till Jan. 29.

Guardian Unlimited

Violence fear over Islam film

Counter-terrorism alert as a Dutch right-winger launches a movie that will denounce the Koran

Jason Burke, Europe editor
The Observer

The Dutch government is bracing itself for violent protests following the scheduled broadcast this week of a provocative anti-Muslim film by a radical right-wing politician who has threatened to broadcast images of the Koran being torn up and otherwise desecrated.

A New Text in Islamic Law

Egypt to Rule on Phone-Message Divorce

 By Ellen Knickmeyer

Washington Post Foreign Service

CAIRO -- The Cairo woman stared in disbelief at the text message in her cellphone inbox.

She and her husband, an Egyptian army officer away on duty, had just hung up after quarreling on the phone. She ignored his return call, not wanting to continue the argument, the woman recounted in an interview this week.

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