Friday, May 27, 2011

Islamists fear Christian takeover in Egypt....wait, what?

Some people have framed the revolt in Egypt as such, so far to no avail.  The more appropriate view comes from Christians actually in Egypt, watching their secular revolt being taken over by the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis together.

It would not be fair of me to point out that I have, time and time again tried to tell you the democracy in Egypt is an Islamic democracy, one which is 180 degrees opposite from a Western democracy.

Yes it would.  I told you so.

From Reuters/Yahoo May 25 by Sami Aboudi

Christians worry Egypt being hijacked by Islamists

CAIRO (Reuters) - Last January, Nazih Moussa Gerges locked up his downtown Cairo law office and joined hundreds of thousands of fellow Egyptians to demand that President Hosni Mubarak step down.

The 33-year-old Christian lawyer was back on the streets this month to press military rulers who took over after Mubarak stepped down to end a spate of sectarian attacks that have killed at least 28 people and left many afraid.

Sectarian implies the Christians have equal culpability in the attacks.  This is false, and another way to demonize non-Muslims.

Those who camped out in Tahrir Square side by side with Muslims to call for national renewal now fear their struggle is being hijacked by ultra-conservative
Salafist Islamists with no one to stop them.

Uh, yeah.

"We did not risk our lives to bring Mubarak down in order to have him replaced by Salafists," Gerges said. "We want an Egypt that will be an example of democracy and freedom for the whole world."

When it comes to Islam, what you want and what you get are two different horses.

Sectarian tensions are not new to Egypt, where Christians make up around 10 percent of the population of 80 million. But the frequency and intensity of clashes have increased since Mubarak's overthrow.

With Christians making up only 10% of the population, it is unlikely they are responsibile for the increase in clashes, but they will get the blame anyway.  It's in the Qur'an, doncha know.

Many blame a broader weakening of law and order that began as the protests against Mubarak gathered pace and police deserted the streets. Authorities are trying to rebuild security forces to deal with increased lawlessness following mass jail breakouts.

Egypt's military rulers have vowed to punish those behind sectarian clashes, banned demonstrations outside places of worship and promised to give Christians equal rights.

Wait, you mean Christians do not have equal rights now?  But, I thought they did, you told us they did.  Are you lying to us?

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