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Written by: Diana West
Thursday, January 31, 2008 9:26 AM 

Life in secular Egypt, which, not incidentally, receives billions of dollars in US aid:

From a Washington Times news brief:


Court rejects Christian convert

CAIRO — A Cairo court yesterday rejected a request by a Christian convert from Islam to have his new religion written on his identity card, a judicial source tole Agence France-Presse.

The Court of Administrative Justice said Mohammed Higazi, 25, had not followed the proper legal procedures and that in any case you cannot convert "to an older religion."

Um, why not?

"Monotheistic religions were sent by God in chronological order. ... As a result, it is unusual to go from the latest religion to the one that preceded it," the court said.

What is this, hopscotch? That's some court.

"The person who has such an attitude is straying from the right path and threatening the principles, values and precepts of Islam and of Egyptian traditions," the judgment said.

Mr. Higazi, who said he converted at the age of 16, made headlines in August last year after going into hiding, saying he feared for his life after Islamists said he committed apostasy.

By the way, he's still in hiding.

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