February 15, 2011
It begins: Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood seeks state based on "Islamic values"Topics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam
In only a matter of days after Mubarak having stepped down, what conservatives energetically warned about and what liberals vigorously denied, has begun. Egypt's banned Muslim Brotherhood announced Today that it will apply to become a political party and seeks a state based on "Islamic values" dedicated to "serving all Egyptians regardless of...religion," which would accomplish nothing less than relegating Egyptian Christians to dhimmi status, denying them basic rights and freedoms.
Egypt's banned Muslim Brotherhood will apply to become a political party, it announced Tuesday.Needless to say, if the Muslim Brotherhood truly envisioned "a democratic, civil state that draws on universal measures of freedom and justice serving all Egyptians regardless of colour, creed, political trend or religion" ... why base it on "Islamic values" ... which are about as compatible with true democracy as oil is to water? Does not the very fact that the MB, a fundamentalist Sunni movement that seeks to spread Islamic law throughout the world, has so quickly announced their intentions of what amounts to nothing less than an Islamic state portend of what is to come? After all, in a column published by the New York Times last Wednesday, Muslim Brotherhood official Essam El-Errian made it perfectly clear that, for all the flowery praise of liberty, justice, and freedom, their notion of democracy must involve theology (he also said, "We are not putting forward a candidate for the presidential elections scheduled for September"). Note that he specifically said, "in September" ... obviously leaving open the fielding of a candidate in the future.
The Brotherhood "envisions the establishment of a democratic, civil state that draws on universal measures of freedom and justice, with central Islamic values serving all Egyptians regardless of colour, creed, political trend or religion," it said in the statement.
Although officially illegal, the Muslim Brotherhood is regarded as one of the most organized groups in Egypt.
It has said it does not plan to run a candidate for president when elections are held to replace Hosni Mubarak, who resigned on Friday.
In other words, the Muslim Brotherhood has now taken its first step toward its stated goal of the establishment of an Islamic state in Egypt.
Suggested reading: Robert Spencer on Egypt - Democracy is a Relative Term
Posted by Richard at February 15, 2011 9:59 AM
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