Monday, April 18, 2011

New Christian governor in Egypt sits badly with local Muslims

By Islamic law, or sharia a non-Muslim is not allowed to have power over a Muslim, so the new Christian governor of Qena province, Emad Mikhail is not seen as a good thing.  Blaming his predecessor, also a Christian for the problems of the province is a convenient way to circumlocute Islamic doctrine and put the responsibility for the non-co-operation on politics.

In short order we may see the ousting of Mikhail for someone more to the locals liking, it will, of course be a Muslim.

From Reuters April 17 by Dina Zayed and Mohamed Abdellah

Christian governor named in S.Egypt, protests flare 

CAIRO (Reuters) - Muslims in southern Egypt protested for a third day on Sunday over the appointment of a Christian governor, saying his predecessor, also a Christian, had failed to solve their problems.

Thousands rallied outside the governor's office in Qena and prevented employees from entering, blocked highways leading to the town and sat on a railway line into the province demanding that the appointment of Emad Mikhail be reversed.

Egypt's interim military rulers, who took control when President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising, selected Mikhail last week as one of several new appointments to replace officials associated with his autocratic regime.

The protesters say Mikhail's predecessor, Magdy Ayoub, failed to stem sectarian violence and address poverty and unemployment, which grew during his tenure. Witnesses say some Coptic Christians joined the protest as well.

"The experience of a Coptic governor has failed. There is no objection to his Coptic identity but the previous governor left a negative impression of Christian officials," Youssef Ragab, a witness in Qena, told Reuters by telephone.

Residents say Ayoub was too weak in enforcing laws to quell rising tension between Muslims and Christians, fearing his background might imply sectarian allegiance.

"The protesters don't want any governor to favour one religious group over the other," Ragab said.

Uh, maybe Ragab should be reminded that Egypt is, and always will be a Muslim nation.  The amount and strength of Islam in day-to-day living is determined by the Egyptian constitution.  Today the constitution upholds Islam as the only recognized and accepted religion, so whether the protesters want it or not, Islam is integral to Egyptian society and culture.

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