Yeah, but wasn’t Al-Andalus great?
Islamic Tolerance Alert: “Egypt forcing converts from Islam, members of Bahai faith to conceal their religion, watchdogs say,” from The Associated Press (thanks to all who sent this in):
CAIRO, Egypt: Egypt must change its policy of not allowing converts from Islam and members of the Bahai faith to register their religion in official documents, two human rights groups said Monday.
In a report two years in the making, the New York-based Human Rights Watch and the local Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, or EIPR, described how Egyptians of religious persuasions authorities disapprove of are unable to get birth certificates and identification cards.
Joe Stork, the HRW Middle East deputy chief, said it was a systematic policy to deny documents to members of faiths other than Islam, Christianity and Judaism “” the only three religions officially recognized by Egyptian authorities.
ID cards are mandatory here, but persons seeking to have “Bahai” listed as their faith on the card, for example, are denied the document, Stork told reporters in Cairo.
The report quoted some 40 people the watchdog groups interviewed as saying they were told in applying for papers that they must list themselves as either Muslim or Christian, or risk not being able to obtain the document….