Egyptian president Sisi spoke about religious freedom limitations
During a speech commemorating the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday, Egyptian President Sisi referenced the current violence sparked as a reaction to the publication of images of the Prophet Mohammed in France.
Even though he criticised violence in the name of religion, he, however, emphasised that he does not welcome the fact that some people make fun of Islam.
“We also have rights. We have the right for our feelings not to be hurt and for our values not to be hurt. And if some have the freedom to express what is in their thoughts, I imagine that this stops when it comes to offending the feelings of more than 1.5 billion people,” Sisi explained.
This hints at a difficult underlying dynamic within Egypt, which has the largest concentration of Christians within the Middle East. However, Christians do not enjoy the same religious freedom as their neighbours.