FJP: Gov’t Must Resolve Dilemma of Unlicensed Churches and Protect Right to Worship
The Executive Office of The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) has reviewed the bloody events that took place in front of the radio and television building (Maspero) on Sunday evening 9/October/2011 which claimed the lives of 25 Egyptian citizens.
The FJP extends its sincere condolences to the families of all martyrs, wishes all the injured a speedy recovery, hopes the results of investigations will be announced soon, and condemns all the acts of violence that took place regardless of their sources, perpetrators or motivations.
The party emphasizes the need to remove the current tension caused by the lack of codification of unlicensed churches status, a problem planted by the previous regime as a means of blackmail and to sow discord within Egyptian society. The FJP believes that the current and future governments need to create a timeframe for licensing these churches to prevent any further disputes and troubles, now and in the future.
The FJP also believes that the right to worship is linked to every citizen’s right to free thought and belief, and that it is necessary to remove all the obstacles set by authoritarian regimes in the way of implementing this human and religious right by thoroughly investigating the issue, in order to achieve community cohesion and contentment through the application of a just law for building churches.
The FJP calls upon all citizens, especially our Christian brothers, to participate actively in public life and the community, as well as political and partisan spheres, and to participate effectively in the forthcoming elections for the People’s Assembly and Shura Council and the presidential elections, so as to form a parliament and an elected government able to provide and develop radical solutions that should over time solve the problems of the whole country, and which will shoulder the full responsibility for the construction of an independent, free and democratic country for all of its citizens.
May God save Egypt from sedition and all other evils.
Freedom and Justice Party Executive Office