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Egyptian politician Mohamed Abul-Enein calls for establishing of int'l institute to spread religious tolerance

Ahram Online , Friday 8 Feb 2019
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Egyptian politician Mohamed Abul-Enein has called for the establishing of an international institute to spread religious tolerance, and for global reform of religious discourse to foster tolerance and religious fraternity.

Speaking at the UAE’s Global Conference of Human Fraternity this week, he said that religious discourse should be reformed worldwide, and that parliaments and the UN should enact legislation under the umbrella of Islam’s Al-Azhar and the Vatican to criminalise defaming religions.

He also called for the establishment of an international institute which joins all religions together to reform misconceptions and spread tolerance between religions.

The MP, who is alsothe Euro-Mediterranean Parliament's honorary speaker, said that the visit made by Pope Francis to Egypt in April 2017 delivered a “strong message” of tolerance and harmony between religions.

He highlighted that Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi was the first to call for the renewal of religious discourse.

The Global Conference of Human Fraternity took place in Abu Dhabi, with the participation of Al-Azhar’s head Ahmed El-Tayyeb and Pope Francis.

The conference resulted in the “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together”, signed by both men, which pledges fraternity between their respective institutions and joint work to fight extremism.

 

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