In Egypt, atheists considered a ‘dangerous development’

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A supporter of Egypt's former army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi holds a Koran, a cross and flags as he celebrates the announcement of his candidacy for presidential election in Tahrir square in Cairo on March 28, 2014. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih *Editors: This photo can only be republished with RNS-EGYPT-ATHEIST, originally transmitted on February 2, 2015.

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CAIRO (RNS) A government wing that issues religious edicts released a survey in December claiming Egypt was home to exactly 866 atheists -- a number deemed "a dangerous development."