Parents in Egypt who give their children western-sounding names like Mark could be facing jail time under new legislation being considered.
According to Breitbart, lawmakers heard that abandoning Arabic names will lead to an “undesired and radical change” in the Muslim nation.
The Egyptian Parliament’s Complaints and Suggestions Committee met to discuss the draft law. Introduced by MP Bedier Abdel Aziz, the law seeks to prohibit the usage of “foreign” names for newly born babies in Egypt.
“Using such Western names and abandoning Arabic ones will lead to an undesired and radical change in our society and culture,” Aziz said. “Our sons will no longer be connected to their true identity,” he added.
He also claimed that disobeying the law should be a fine of between about $80 and $400 or a maximum jail sentence of six months.