Tunisia has long been considered one of the Arab World’s most secular countries.
They seem to have a completely different understanding of ”secularism’, check this out:
This is from a radio station that was supposedly ‘secular’ during the reign ofÂ Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, whoÂ Â fled to Jeddah where he enjoys the protection of the Saudi Arabian royal family:
… the biggest office in the building Â was occupied at the time by the station’s most popular on-air personality â€” a preacher known as Sheikh Mohammad Meshfer.
But that secularism, which ended with the Arab Spring, came only at the point of a spear, or the barrel of a gun.
“we used to marginalize these Islamists, now, we need to accept them, and we need to know how to deal with everyone in society. Otherwise this will be a dictatorship again, and we don’t want that.”
The staff at Zeitouna have never been raging extremists. That they were allowed on the air under the previous regime is testimony to their moderation.
So even in “pre-Islamic times” Â the biggest office in the building was occupied by the stations most popular 0n-air personality – an Islamic preacher?
What kind of ‘secularism’ is that?