Mohamed Hegazy, a journalist and political activist, is married, and his wife is four months pregnant. They’re Christians and want their child to be identified as Christian when born. But the Egyptian interior ministry refuses to let Hegazy change his official religious identification from Islam to Christianity. Hegazy, 24, converted to Christianity several years ago (Reuters says four years; Compass Direct says eight).
“If you add to the state of alert in Egyptian society, and to protect the feelings of our Muslim brothers, and to protect our national unity â¦ we decided to abandon this case,” said the lawyer, Mamdouh Nakhla. “We ask all Egyptians, Muslims and Christians, to close this file and refrain from talking about this sensitive area. Not speaking about this is much better than blowing up such subjects, which could set society on fire.”
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