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Source: New York Times

CAIRO To Sheik Abdel Moneim el-Shahat, the Muslim Brotherhoods 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 Egypts 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 Brotherhoods 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 Egypts 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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