Campaign in Egypt urges citizens to remove religion from ID Cards

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In an attempt to disentangle religion and citizenship, activists in Egypt are encouraging citizens to remove their religious affiliation from their national identity cards.

The "None of Your Business" campaign is being driven by a Facebook group and a YouTube video and follows in the wake of recent violence against Coptic Christians in the country.

Organisers say the removal of religion from official documents — the most important of which is the personal ID card — is a small but important step towards ending discrimination on the basis of religion. The group's Facebook page describes the initiative as "a campaign against interference in citizens' private lives by the state".

The campaign's video was produced by Aalam Wassef, an artist, musician and blogger who made subversive online videos during the Mubarak era under the pseudonym Ahmad Sherif.

Written By: National Secular Society
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14 COMMENTS

  1. In the Nairobi shopping center attack, terrorists quizzed their victims on the Qur’an. People who did not pass were murdered.

    In Serbia, I wonder how the combatants managed to tell the Christians from the Muslims. The Muslims there dress just like Europeans.

    • In reply to #4 by Roedy:

      In the Nairobi shopping center attack, terrorists quizzed their victims on the Qur’an. People who did not pass were murdered.

      In Serbia, I wonder how the combatants managed to tell the Christians from the Muslims. The Muslims there dress just like Europeans.

      I get what you’re saying….many a poor Catholic or Protestant in Northern Ireland went to the mixer because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time…Irish Protestants and Catholics look very familiar, in fact, they look exactly the same, in fact they are more or less exactly the same, except for a slight difference in their taste of Christian God, which is absent to the naked eye. When are people going to wise up and smell the religious cordite?

  2. If secularists in Egypt manage to eliminate religious identifiers from their paperwork it will be a significant victory against fundamentalism and for democracy. If they win this fight then I hope their neighbors follow suit. Our Lebanese friends are always exasperated over their religious labels on official paperwork and the stupid hassles that result from them. It seems blatantly obvious that in a society where there are constantly flaring religious clashes, a winning strategy would be to dampen down the outward observable signs of group affiliation and strongly encourage the groups to mix in every possible way.

    • In reply to #7 by LaurieB:

      If secularists in Egypt manage to eliminate religious identifiers from their paperwork it will be a significant victory against fundamentalism and for democracy. If they win this fight then I hope their neighbors follow suit. Our Lebanese friends are always exasperated over their religious labels on…

      According to a Coptic friend, they go to great lengths to determine the religion of a job applicant.( it’s illegal to ask directly, I’m told) If one’s name isn’t a give-away, they then ask for the applicants entire name and if that still doesn’t shed light they enquire about the father’s name and so on down the line.

      It’s not always obvious from the name. The name of my friend has an Arabic sound.

    • In reply to #8 by aquilacane:

      It’s meant to mean unfortunate, my poor dear.

      It’s meant to mean people know stuff….as you clearly do my fiend.

      Aren’t the Irish a poor bunch of ignorant bastards Smill?

  3. In reply to #5 by Ignorant Amos:

    I get what you’re saying….many a poor Catholic or Protestant in Northern Ireland went to the mixer because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time…Irish Protestants and Catholics look very familiar, in fact, they look exactly the same, in fact they are more or less exactly the same, except for a slight difference in their taste of Christian God, which is absent to the naked eye.

    Isn’t this where someone says “Kill them all; the lord will know his own”?

    Presuming of course there was actually some difference…

    Steve

    • In reply to #12 by Agrajag:

      Isn’t this where someone says “Kill them all; the lord will know his own”?

      Except the fuckwits are killing each other…but I get your point Steve…it won’t matter much when they get up to the doors of the big house according to Pascal. Only the righteous will be allowed in…whoever the righteous might be.

  4. not a hope that this will make a difference.true story,me, the other half and a couple of friends went on holiday to sharm el sheik last december.whilst waiting for the taxi to take us back to the airport for our return flight i got chatting to the desk clerk about our holiday,i mentioned how sad we were at going home and how i would have to be back at work in 24 hours.never mind he said soon it will be christmas and you will be celerbrating.i told him that we did not “do” christmas as we were not christians and saw it as a celebration of self indulgance. “you are jew” he offered ,no i replied ,”muslim” he said with a big grin,again i said no,and added we dont believe in any religion.you could hear the laughter all the way down to the beach,it was totally beyond him that i had no belief in god(s).and for the record he was not some ill educated backwater arab but an university grad from cairo.

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