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Voting Success Has Egypt’s Islamists, Like It or Not, Debating Rule by Religion
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Source: New York Times

CAIRO — To Sheik Abdel Moneim el-Shahat, the Muslim Brotherhood’s call to apply only the broad principles of Islamic law allows too much freedom.

Sheik Shahat is a leader of the ultraconservative Islamists known as Salafis, whose coalition of parties is running second behind the Brotherhood party in the early returns of Egypt’s parliamentary elections. He and his allies are demanding strict prohibitions against interest-bearing loans, alcohol and “fornication,” with traditional Islamic corporal punishment like stoning for adultery.

“I want to say: citizenship restricted by Islamic Shariah, freedom restricted by Islamic Shariah, equality restricted by Islamic Shariah,” he said in a public debate. “Shariah is obligatory, not just the principles — freedom and justice and all that.”

The unexpected electoral success of the Salafis — reported to have won about 25 percent of the votes in the first round of the elections, second only to the roughly 40 percent for the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party — is terrifying Egyptian liberals and troubling the West. But their new clout is also presenting a challenge to the Muslim Brotherhood, in part by plunging it into a polarizing Islamist-against-Islamist debate over the application of Islamic law in Egypt’s promised democracy, a debate the Brotherhood had worked hard to avoid.

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Stoning for adultery? Way to go. Backwards, that is. Looks like Egypt's moderate faction will have their hands full with their own 'tea party' nut jobs. :(
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  -Voting Success Has Egypt’s Islamists, Like It or Not, Debating Rule by Religion MH1  Dec-03-11 01:33 PM   #0 
  - They 'll negotiate  dipsydoodle   Dec-03-11 01:53 PM   #1 
  - I guess they'll be 'negotiating' women's rights, too. nt  MH1   Dec-03-11 02:03 PM   #2 
  - Naw. Women will be sacrificed by the moderates so they can get concessions to make more $$$.  McCamy Taylor   Dec-03-11 05:54 PM   #12 
  - Negotiate?  DeSwiss   Dec-03-11 06:08 PM   #14 
  - Well, back to the 9th centrury for Egypt. Have a nice trip.  demosincebirth   Dec-03-11 02:43 PM   #3 
  - :( 65% to the two Religious parties. That is one hell of a majority.  pam4water   Dec-03-11 03:05 PM   #4 
  - I hope they meet very stiff resistance  lunatica   Dec-03-11 03:10 PM   #5 
  - From who  dipsydoodle   Dec-03-11 03:50 PM   #7 
  - If Bachmann or Santorum were to win they would probably try it  libinnyandia   Dec-03-11 03:41 PM   #6 
  - Ruling by religion...coming to a state near you.  russspeakeasy   Dec-03-11 04:18 PM   #8 
  - 40% Good cop 25% Bad cop  Bosonic   Dec-03-11 04:48 PM   #9 
  - 65% bad cop.  UnrepentantLiberal   Dec-03-11 05:55 PM   #13 
  - If the Old Testament  sulphurdunn   Dec-03-11 05:34 PM   #10 
  - Yep. That's what I take it to mean. And 'adultery' includes being raped.  MH1   Dec-03-11 05:40 PM   #11 
  - Careful for what you wish. "Democracy" means people choose  pasto76   Dec-03-11 06:59 PM   #15 
  - what matters is having real democracy where they can vote someone else  JI7   Dec-03-11 07:10 PM   #16 
  - very disturbing  rollin74   Dec-03-11 07:10 PM   #17 
  - Interesting read on this subject.  UnrepentantLiberal   Dec-03-11 07:53 PM   #18 

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