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Ministry of Endowments vows to confront extremism, atheism

Endowments and culture ministers say confronting terrorist organisations is common goal


Representatives from the Ministries of Culture and Endowments meet to discuss their joint campaign against "religious extremism" (Photo Handout from the Ministry of Endowments)
Representatives from the Ministries of Culture and Endowments meet to discuss their joint campaign against “religious extremism”
(Photo Handout from the Ministry of Endowments)

The ministries of Endowment and Culture agreed on Monday a joint cooperation protocol to confront extremism and consolidate “belonging to the country”.

The newly agreed protocol aims to “spread true Islam”, away from extremism or atheism, the endowment ministry said in a statement.

Endowment Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa said the endowments ministry is working on confronting the two extremes.

He added that “confronting extremism cannot be done by fighting religiousness altogether”, and that “the best way to curb extremism and eliminate it is by spreading the tolerance of Islam”.

The minister said it is important to communicate the tolerant values of Islam which extremists have tried to distort in recent years, especially to the youth, whether it is in schools, youth and culture centres, fields or factories.

The agreement between the two ministries comes after the endowment ministry and Ministry of State for Youth Affairs agreed on a plan to confront atheism on 6 August.

Ishaq Ibrahim, a researcher at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, said “atheism is not a crime in the law”.

He added that openly atheist Egyptians have been arrested and tried for contempt of religion but said that this has no legal basis, asking: “Is it the role of the Ministry of Youth to fight atheism?”

In a meeting, Gomaa and Minister of Culture Gaber Asfour said “confronting terrorist organisations is considered a common goal”, adding that they are cooperating to expose the “falsity” of these organisations.

The two agreed on tackling national issues that are agreed upon and avoid disputed issues that the nation cannot “endure” at this difficult stage via lectures and seminars.

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  • tchowski

    A government which actively punishes the free-thought of its people, and forces the dominant religion down the throats of the mindless sheep and non-belivers alike. What could go wrong?

    • sam enslow

      What if The Brotherhood made the same statement as the Endowment?

    • rado

      why do not you rise your voice when someone is killed by this brutal Zionist regime in egypt or in israhell (gaza genocide)

  • Bret Zeller

    These guys just can’t accept Atheism (and Atheistic ideologies, like Agnosticism), are the predominant positions in the academic and scientific community, and have been for over a century.

    If these guys want to actually create new technology and and progress, they will have to accept Atheism as the equal of Islam.

  • Al Masry

    Allah AKber. Extremists are hijacking merciful Islam and feeding simple people with their poisoned Ideas instead. It is Jihad El-Nafs to expose and undermine those Mofsideen Fi-Alerd. They are the modern day Khawarej and should be exposed to people. Media has important roll in educating the masses.

  • Al Masry

    Smart Declaration: Jihad El-nafs of Muslims will be focused on Atheists and Terrorists who hijacked Islam. They behave and act equally in many ways. We need a reference book to explain merciful Islam as reference to modern time and ways of life. Allah AKber.

    • rado

      i think you have to write that book, or Sisi will write it just like Muammer Gadhafi did.

      • Al Masry

        Illogical response from main stream thoughts. and believes. The majority of Muslims are not buying extremists twisted logic and understanding of merciful Islam. They will prevail over the evil and recover merciful Islam from its hijackers of extremists and the unbelievers. Allah Kabeer.

        • AgnosticEgyptian

          Religion is not logical. Religion is based on pure faith, not rational reasoning. Free yourself from mental slavery. Nothing is more true than science.

          • Al Masry

            I see and respect your views. Terrorist must be controlled.

          • Randy Wanat

            How does putting atheists in prison stop actual demonstrable harm to anybody? Tell us exactly how many suicide bombings or beheadings have been perpetrated by atheists in Egypt in, say, the last 3,000 years. Please, be specific, including statements claiming responsibility, dates, and places along with body counts. If the number is greater than zero, you might have the tiniest of points. I am not expecting you to be able to do so, however, because you know full well that no such events have occurred. I have no idea how you define “terrorism,” but no useful definition allows for “I don’t believe in deities” to qualify.

    • AgnosticEgyptian

      How did Atheists hijack Islam? Atheists are killed for not believing in your religion which was stolen from two other religions.

      • Al Masry

        You are confused my friend. The declaration is intended to identify terrorists with non-believers who have deterrence ; as people in ME understand. In other wards, he equates extremists by savages of no values as we see them doing now to other humans.

        • Randy Wanat

          Please tell us about all the harmful activities (as in, causing actual, demonstrable harm, not the imaginary “harm” to your deity’s feelings) that are inherent to not believing in gods. Please, be specific.

  • sam enslow

    Government should not be involved in religion at all. All this discussion is about Islam. Forget all the other faiths to be found in Egypt? Forget all the varieties of belief found in Islam and Christianity?
    Religion is between the individual and God.
    If one wants to fight extremism, work with local clergy and have them teach religious tolerance in the villages and also in the cities. They should concentrate on what all religions have in common rather than their dogmatic, institutional differences. All religions stress the brotherhood of Mankind. It is about time clerics started working on this message. Preaching fear and hatred of those holding other beliefs is against the teachings of the founders of all religions. The religious leaders of all faiths have become more interested in protecting their institutions rather that improving the lives of all.
    Hate mongers in the name of religion must be called out. Far better that they are challenged by those of the religion they are by their words and deed ‘insulting’ while claiming to represent the true teaching of that faith. Improve yourself before looking at what the other is doing wrong.

    • rado

      why do not you rise your voice when someone is killed by this brutal Zionist regime in egypt or in israhell (gaza genocide). This is the most brutal regime. But the situation is going to change. the youth will take situation in their hands. Sisi will not be able to control and he will quit.

      • Al Masry

        realities deny your false assumptions. Egypt with its social will move from Dark Age to modernity.

  • AgnosticEgyptian

    Spreading tolerance of Islam by outlawing any opposition to it! Nope, no contradiction here at all!

    • Al Masry

      I understand and respect your different opinion. In Islam, the person who do not believe in one creator (Allah-SWT) is considered evil person. The objective is to deny those terrorists to claim to be Islamists who obey high ethical code..

      • Randy Wanat

        Please define “terrorism.” Then, explain to us all how “I do not believe in magical wizards/genies/djinns/etc.” qualifies as terrorism. If you define it such that this rises to the definition of terrorism, then you have effectively turned everyone into terrorists, and if you consider this law valid, what would you say if a law were passed that would imprison anybody who refused to eat pork, drink wine, and let their women wear whatever they would so choose in the name of combating terrorism, because such people are considered evil? Would you think such a law was wrong? What if I said a holy book told me it was so, AND that same holy book said that YOUR holy book, and all others, are just falsehoods meant to deceive everyone from the one true religion? Would such a law be wrong then? What if I also told you that my book was written by the true deity himself, and it had been transcribed from the mystical images of pages of text to actual text on actual pages by me, and that deity approved of my transcription and told me, for good measure, that your holy book was a complete fabrication that you have been deceived into believing? Now would the law be proper? When, exactly, does someone’s thought regarding the existence of invisible wizards cause harm to anybody anywhere? Please, be specific.

  • AgnosticEgyptian

    Atheism is the future of the Middle East. Enough backwardness!

  • Randy Wanat

    Their version of Islam is so tolerant that you’ll go to jail if you don’t believe in magical invisible genies. Yes, this sounds like a valid means of combating terrorism. Only by accepting that some version of a cosmic wizard is real based on…well…it doesn’t matter, but only by doing that can they know you’re not a terrorist. I wonder how many atheist terrorists they’ve caught committing acts of terrorism or with terrorism plans and stockpiles of weapons and explosives. I wonder if that number is greater than zero. And, based on how many such terrorists they’ve caught, how many acts of actual terrorism they estimate they’d prevent by imprisoning all the atheists in Egypt. I wonder if that number is also greater than zero.

    • Al Masry

      Academicians, social scientists, law professors, U.N. Charter, etc. define terrorism as the use of force against civilians to accomplish political, economic, social, …, objectives. This does not label atheists as terrorists. Do you feel better now Mr. Big Bang. LOL

  • Foaad Haghighi

    I have a question about this translation. In the actual news in Arabic, Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa refers to Shi’ism and Baha’i Faith as part of the extremism and source of detracting the Egyptian youth. Is this part of an investigative research or pure prejudice like the Ayatollahs In the Islamic Republic of Iran who believes the same about the members of the Baha’i Faith?

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