Egypt & the 'Arab Spring'

Arab Spring: protests in Yemen and Egypt while fighting continues in Libya

Yemeni soldiers who joined sides with anti-regime protesters wave their rifles and chant slogans during a demonstration calling for the ousting of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa

Tolerant New Egypt: “When they were beating me, they kept saying: ‘We won’t leave any Christians in this country'”

Of  course not. That would be un-Islamic:

Qur’an:8:7, “Allah wished to confirm the truth by His words: ‘Wipe the infidels out to the last.'”


The  beards will fix it:

QENA, Egypt—Five weeks after the fall of the Egyptian regime, Ayman Anwar Mitri’s apartment was torched. When he showed up to investigate, he was bundled inside by bearded Islamists.

Mr. Mitri is a member of the Christian Coptic minority that accounts for one-tenth of the country’s 83 million people. The Islamists accused him of having rented the apartment—by then unoccupied—to loose Muslim women.

Inside the burnt apartment, they beat him with the charred remains of his furniture. Then, one of them produced a box cutter and performed what he considered an appropriate punishment under Islam: He amputated Mr. Mitri’s right ear.

That could be read as an allusion and possible prelude to amputations more explicitly prescribed in Islamic law, such as Qur’an 5:33’s call to amputate the hand and foot on opposite sides from those who “spread mischief in the land.”

“When they were beating me, they kept saying: ‘We won’t leave any Christians in this country,'” Mr. Mitri recalled in a recent interview, two months after the March attack. Blood dripped through a plastic tube from his unhealed wound to a plastic container. “Here, there is a war against the Copts,” he said.

His attackers, who were never arrested or prosecuted, follow the ultrafundamentalist Salafi strain of Islam that promotes an austere, Saudi-inspired worldview. Before President Hosni Mubarak was toppled on Feb. 11, the Salafis mostly confined themselves to preaching. Since then, they’ve entered the political arena, drawing crowds and swaying government decisions. Salafi militants also have blocked roads, burned churches and killed Copts.

The Salafi vigilantes who brutalized Mr. Mitri later ignited a bigger controversy that is still playing out here in Qena, an upper Nile governorate of three million people—almost one-third of them Copts. In April, Egypt’s new government appointed a Christian to be Qena’s new governor, replacing another Christian who had held the post under Mr. Mubarak. The Salafis responded by demanding a Muslim governor and organizing mass protests, showcasing the movement’s new political influence.

The crisis in Qena, still not fully resolved, raises questions about what kind of Egypt will emerge from the post-revolutionary chaos—and whether its revolution will adhere to the ideals of democracy and equality that inspired it. The country’s military rulers and liberal forces may ultimately succeed at containing religious strife and limiting the Islamists’ political power….

There is more.

Egyptian political groups ask Muslim Brotherhood to guarantee secular state

The National Association for Change (NAC) is a loose affiliation of anti-Mubarak groups in Egypt. Mohamed ElBaradei is nominally in charge of it, and the Muslim Brotherhood is involved in it, but it contains numerous non-Brotherhood entities as well. Apparently, those groups consist of venomous Islamophobes, because only the latter believe that the Muslim Brotherhood is in the driver’s seat in Egypt, and that what we’re seeing is not a flowering of democracy and pluralism but a movement toward an Islamic state.

“NAC asks Muslim Brotherhood to guarantee secular state,” from AlMasry AlYoum, June 11 via JW.

Oh yes, The Muslim Brotherhood will keep Egypt secular.

Such asshattery is without parallel. There is a reason these jihadists were banned from Egypt for 30 years.

Egyptian imam: “When I want a sex slave, I just go to the market and choose the woman I like and purchase her”

This is the second Islamic spokesman to speak out in favor of sex slavery in recent days. And that should come as no surprise: taking women captive and enslaving them as concubines is sanctioned by the Qur’an: “And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess. It is a decree of Allah for you.” — Qur’an 4:24

Sharia Alert: “Video: Shaykh al-Huwayni: ‘When I want a sex slave, I just go to the market and choose the woman I like and purchase her,'” from Translating Jihad, June 11:

More on sex slaves…,

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