Originally published in Urban Christian News
Egypt’s Christians will have more freedom under the new constitution currently being drafted, according to a Protestant leader who sits on the Constitutional Committee.
According to Christianity Today, the new document is less biased towards Islam and gives Egypt’s high court the power to interpret the Constitution, rather than Shariah law.
The President of the Protestant Churches of Egypt said that under the document, “Christians have freedom of belief and practice, and for the first time in the history of Egypt’s constitutions, building churches becomes a right.”
The right to build and repair churches is crucial because so many were destroyed by Islamic militants angry at the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi this year.
In the past, Egypt’s churches have been blocked from building or repairing churches because it required presidential approval.