ANALYSTS ON ELECTION: CHRISTIANS WILL LOSE / ´Many Muslims don´t want there to be Christians living in Egypt´ (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) by MICHAEL CARL 05/24/12)
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Western human rights activists and religious liberty advocates say no
matter the result of this week’s election in Egypt, the Christians
Two of the leading candidates for president in the vote today and
tomorrow are Islamic radicals: the Muslim Brotherhood-backed and
California-educated Mohammed Morsi, and Abdel-Moneim Abul Fotouh,
61, a former Muslim Brotherhood leader who believes the 9/11 attacks
were a U.S.-hatched conspiracy.
The Copts, as WND reports, quietly are supporting former Arab League
head Amr Moussa and former Mubarak prime minister and Air Force
commander Ahmed Shafiq as alternatives to the radicals.
But American Enterprise Institute Middle East analyst Michael Rubin
contends that regardless of the outcome, the persecution of
Christians that has increased since the ouster of President Hosni
Mubarak in the “Arab Spring” revolution last year will only get worse.
‘”The results will be bad, really bad,” Rubin said. “The Muslim
Brotherhood has shed its mask, and so too has Abdel Moneim Abul
Fotouh has been labeled a “liberal Islamist” because he believes a
Christian should be able to run for president.
“The fact that diplomats and journalists describe him as a ‘moderate
Islamist’ when he argues 9/11 was an inside job and defends Bin Laden
demonstrates just how out-of-touch diplomats can be,” Rubin said.
Middle East Forum Executive Director Daniel Pipes said the increasing
power of the radicals means a more strident anti-Christian government
“I wouldn’t call it genocide. I would call it ‘eliminationist,’”
Pipes said. “Many Muslims don’t want there to be Christians living in
“They want to remove them and push them out,” Pipes said. “It’s
growing and reaching ever more unpleasant and tragic consequences.”
International Christian Concern Middle East specialist Aidan Clay
said that because the Muslim Brotherhood is gaining strength, the
Christians are reluctantly choosing to rally behind former members of
Clay, who noted he was in Egypt a few days ago, said the Christian
vote appeared to be split between Moussa and Shafiq.
“While Christians are not satisfied with either candidate, the only
alternative is an Islamist president,” Clay explained. “If an
Islamist is elected, Islamists will have complete control over both
the legislature and the executive branch, which would be disastrous
for the Christian community and all religious minorities in Egypt.”
Pipes said he believes the military is still ultimately in control.
“It’s the military. The military runs Egypt. It’s run Egypt for 60
years,” Pipes said.
“Yet the military and the Muslim Brotherhood have a long history of
cooperation, but at the same time they’re rivals. Tensions have
increased over the past year,” Pipes said. “Yet it’s still a military
dictatorship as it was under Mubarak, Sadat and Nasser.”
Pipes said the chief question is whether the Muslim Brotherhood can
wrest power from the military.
Clay said the increasing power of the Brotherhood and its Salafi
allies is the biggest threat to the Christians. He added that the
proof is in the numbers.
He pointed out Islamists have about 80 percent of the seats in
Egypt’s two houses of parliament. A quarter of the seats are held by
Salafis, his noted, “the very group that led violent mob attacks that
killed Christians and burned churches.”
“Meanwhile, the parliament has made strong efforts to rewrite Egypt’s
constitution to be based on Islamic law, meaning that the few rights
that religious minorities have in Egypt may also be taken from them,”
Clay said the worst outcome would be the election of Morsi, who has
publicly called for an Islamic law state based on the Quran as the
foundation of Egypt’s constitution.
Clay added that the tragic irony is that Coptic Christians were key
participants in the revolution that overthrew Mubarak in February
“Christians had hoped the uprising would give them equal rights after
having lived under a climate of oppression for decades,” Clay
said. “However, the situation has only worsened. The young Egyptians
who started the revolution and demanded greater freedoms were not
organized to lead the country.”
Rubin noted the radical groups were organized and well-funded.
“The Muslim Brotherhood are extremely well-funded by the Qataris,
Saudis and Turks. Such is the price of the United States leading from
behind and working through these deeply flawed allies. After the new
parliament crafts the new constitution, the Islamists will solidify
their control at the expense of democracy and accountability,” Rubin
Clay agreed that the Brotherhood and the Saudi-financed Salafis were
best equipped to dominate the political process.
He added that the empowered Salafis and Brotherhood have acted with
“With weakened security forces and without the strong hand of
Mubarak’s regime, Islamists have had nearly free rein to attack
Christians, churches and just about anything they deem contrary to
their interpretation of Islam, including liquor stores and Sufi
The churches have born the brunt of the attacks.
More than 60 Egyptian Christians were killed in attacks last year.
Among them was a May 7, 2011, attack by Salafis on two churches in
the poor Imbaba district of Cairo that killed 12 Christians. (© 2012
WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. 05/24/12)
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