Egypt applauds Danish legislation against misuse of religious texts

Sami Hegazi
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The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced its approval of the Danish parliament’s new law that criminalizes the improper handling of religious texts, whether in public or with the intent of widespread publication. This legislative move aims to address the increase in acts of insult, desecration, and burning of religious symbols observed in some regions.

The ministry said that it hopes that enforcing this law will help combat the spread of intolerance, extremism, and hate speech, thereby mitigating their adverse impact on efforts to foster a culture of civilized dialogue. Such dialogue is founded on the recognition of cultural diversity and the aspiration to bridge differences in human values and customs.

In light of this development, Egypt reaffirmed its staunch stance against the mistreatment of any belief system or religion, asserting that such actions do not fall under the purview of free expression. Egypt also urged other European nations, where similar incidents have occurred, to consider Denmark’s approach as a model.

The Danish Parliament, responding to security concerns raised by international protests over the desecration of the Quran, passed a bill last Thursday that outlaws the burning of the Quran in public spaces. The legislation was enacted with a majority vote of 94 to 77, with 8 members absent. It effectively prohibits the public burning, tearing, or desecration of religious texts, as well as the creation of videos intended for broad distribution that depict such acts. Offenders face penalties ranging from fines to a maximum of two years’ imprisonment.

Al-Azhar, a leading Islamic institution, expressed its commendation for the Danish parliament’s decision to outlaw the burning of the Holy Quran, viewing it as a step that promotes positive citizenship, social harmony, and global peace.

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