I just ran across this old article from 2000:
Donation of land in Iraq
President Saddam Hussein of Iraq issued a presidential decree No 1503/8 to donate a piece of land (Section 11 Farm of Hamdy) for the Coptic Orthodox Church to build a church. The piece of land is 3000 sq meters. The president also donated the sum of 50 million Iraqi dinars (US$30,000) for the construction of the church.
Metropolitan Abraham sent us copies of the presidential decree signed by Mr. Ahmed Hussein Khodeir, Head of the Divan and a copy of the attached cheque.
El-Keraza Nos. 45,46, 22 December 2000
I thought this guy HATED Christians, etc. etc. etc.... This guy was no Islamic fundamentalist, that was all propaganda... no wonder bin Laden wanted Saddam Hussein executed because he wasn't fanatical enough... Hussein was a very secular ruler...