In Egypt, a campaign to promote an ‘Egyptian Islam’
October 9, 2013 8:55 PM Subscribe
In Egypt, a campaign to promote an ‘Egyptian Islam’ “This is the new regime trying to create an official Islam, a state Islam, which doesn’t exist within the Islamic tradition,” said Emad Shahin, a professor of public policy at the American University in Cairo. “It’s providing a religious justification to tolerate the killing of possibly thousands of people, and it is sending alarming signals into many segments of society. This is exactly what you call fascism.”“We want to return religion to its rightful place, as a forum of spiritual guidance, not as a forum of political debate.”
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Morsi supporters say they are hearing new sermons, sometimes urging them to rally around the military, other times dwelling on matters such as health care.
“Last Friday, the preaching was all about military rule and the marches,” said Mohamed Ali, a doctor, speaking during one of the dwindling Friday protests by Morsi supporters. “This Friday, it was about the treatment of honey for diseases. I wanted to leave, but I felt it was not acceptable.”
“These preachers are taking orders from the government, and it’s a united message in all the mosques,” said Ala Ahmed, 32. “It is military rule, and we are living our lives according to them, even the sermons.”
A couple interesting comments from the article:
When person's or a whole group zeal to an extremist view justifies oppression and killing, the actions taken in the name of these ideals are with such determination that they are with complete disregard to the perpetrators own safety and risk their lives, but all is considered fair price for the promised "martyrdom" and "heaven".
Terrorism is not a backlash. It is a separate crime and should be punished as the original incident that caused this so-called backlash. Though, the majority of losses unfortunately fall with in the premise of practically suicide as explained above, the other incidents that are actually security forces brutality are admittedly not investigated properly. Liberties can not include freedom to oppress others.
...when you're dealing with people culturally mired in an obsolete, regressive, triumphalist ancient religion they're capable of endless idiocy. There's a reason why pretty much the only ways that virtually anybody ever enters into any of the Abrahamic faiths in the first place is either through childhood brainwashing or else in rather profound ignorance of their own "scriptures."
I have resisted for decades the word around the campfire from the adults when I was growing up: what Muslims do best in all the world is to kill other Muslims.