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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 05:02 AM

Egypt Islamists Hurriedly Approve New Constitution

Source: Time

(CAIRO) — Islamists approved a draft constitution for Egypt early Friday without the participation of liberal and Christian members, seeking to pre-empt a court ruling that could dissolve their panel with a rushed, marathon vote that further inflames the conflict between the opposition and President Mohammed Morsi.

The vote by the constituent assembly advanced a charter with an Islamist bent that rights experts say could give Muslim clerics oversight over legislation and bring restrictions on freedom of speech, women’s rights and other liberties.

The draft, which the assembly plans to deliver to the president Saturday, must be put to a nationwide referendum within 30 days. Morsi said Thursday it will be held “soon.”

The Islamist-dominated assembly that has been working on the constitution for months raced to pass it, voting article by article on the draft’s more than 230 articles for more than 16 hours. The lack of inclusion was on display in the nationally televised gathering: Of the 85 members in attendance, there was not a single Christian and only four women, all Islamists. Many of the men wore beards, the hallmark of Muslim conservatives.

For weeks, liberal, secular and Christian members, already a minority on the 100-member panel, have been withdrawing to protest what they call the Islamists’ hijacking of the process.








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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:46 AM

1. Organized religion in politics - nothing but trouble!

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:15 AM

2. Sharia Law takes hold.

 

Freedom of speech ?? Screw you

Women's right?? Screw you

LGBT rights?? Dream on

Liberals and secular input?? Screw you

Rule of law??...surrre


But who are we to comment on what other countries do. Of course the west and the US is much worse .


Some sarcasm

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:28 AM

3. So... Islamic theocracy = 'good' but Jewish theocracy = 'bad'???

In MY 'book,' ANY theocracy is bad. As the theocrats on the American right wing engage in the annual whine about the "War On Religion" (in which THEY are the sole combatants against everything not 'fundamentalist' Christian), we're treated to our national delusion that it's only 'bad' if it's in a Moslem country.

Fucking insane.

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Response to TahitiNut (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:59 AM

5. There is no nation on Earth that is governed as a Jewish theocracy

 

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 02:28 PM

12. The sad thing about it all is we will probably all be extinct..........

before enough people realize there is no superhuman, force or beast that is going save our species from it's own self-engineered demise.

One thing that seems certain to me is that religion is one of the biggest repositories for weak and lazy minds

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Response to nolabels (Reply #12)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 03:04 PM

13. Religion can be harmless. The important thing is not to allow any unscientific, fath-based belief...

 

...system to be the basis of civil government. When that happens it inevitably leads to exclusionary policies against non-believers, and discrimination against groups of people based on how the doctrine is interpreted.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:08 AM

4. At the same time the Michigan GOP is hammering through a bill to defund Public Education

any similarities between these two fundamentalist groups? Maybe I should ask if there are any differences.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:03 AM

6. Their revolution is obviously not over

Why anyone thinks it is is beyond me.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:15 AM

7. Yup, it's half way there at best

 

This will not end soon, but it may end well.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 04:10 PM

15. If It Turns into a Theocracy It Is Over

Can anyone cite a single example of a theocracy falling to a popular uprising?
I cannot find a single example in all of recorded history.

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Response to AndyTiedye (Reply #15)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 04:15 PM

16. It isn't a Theocracy yet. They were elected.

Which is why I said their revolution isn't over yet.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:21 AM

19. even worse, counter-revolution

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:50 AM

8. I wonder how the referendum is going to go? nt

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Response to bemildred (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:54 AM

9. That will be the real test.

Remember, Morsi and the Brotherhood are the dominant political force in the country. If there is going to be tyranny in Egypt, I suspect it will be the tyranny of the majority.

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Response to bemildred (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 12:01 PM

10. I wonder who will be counting the votes? n/t

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Response to Uncle Joe (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 04:19 PM

17. Send them Husted, he should be perfect. nt

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 01:04 PM

11. Why would they do it this way?

 

What are they afraid of? (rhetorical question) we all know what they're afraid of, opposition to their agenda of implementing Sharia Law, no rights for women, no freedom of speech, Muslim oversight of any legislation.

I sincerely pray and hope that the good citizens of Egypt resist this dictatorial takeover of their revolution by the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Response to kossp (Reply #11)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 03:05 PM

14. They're a bunch of fucking amateurs

 

Government foundation documents should be written only by professional technocrats.

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