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March 20, 2011

More evidence we're opening the door for Islamists to take power in Libya

Topics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam

Yesterday I wrote that I've been concerned for some time now that the Libyan "pro-democracy movement" is likely more about Islamism and less about democracy, and that bottom line ... are we helping to bring about a truly secular movement of a people seeking freedom from a brutal dictator or are we helping to usher in an Islamist government ... a next Iran like possibly Egypt.

Today, there's further evidence that such concerns are highly warranted: The Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, has called upon the body's member countries to back the National Transition Council in Libya.

For the uninformed, the OIC getting involved in Libya is not a good sign of things to come:

[...] Religion as the main aspect of the OIC emerges from its language and its targets. It seems that the OIC is restoring in the 21st century the Caliphate, the supreme controlling body for all Muslims. In their Charter (2008), Member States confirm that their union and solidarity are inspired by Islamic values. They affirm their aim to reinforce within the international arena their shared interests and the promotion of Islamic values. They commit themselves to revitalizing the pioneering role of Islam in the world, increasing the prosperity of the member states, and -- in contrast to to the European states -- to ensure the defense of their national sovereignty and territorial integrity. They proclaim their support for Palestine with al-Quds Al Sharif, the Arabized name for Jerusalem, as its capital, and exhort each other to promote human rights, basic freedoms, the state of law (shari'a), and democracy according to their constitutional and legal system -- in other words, compliance with shari'a ...
Simply put, as bad as Gaddafi is, what we're likely to see replace him could be just as bad or even much worse.

Posted by Richard at March 20, 2011 11:37 AM

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