Recent reports of mob violence against those who oppose the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt, including claims that some opponents have even
been crucified, have been met with counter-claims that this is just an example of anti-Islamic propaganda. Whether or not crucifixions actually
occurred, which still remains unproven, the reality is that there are indeed some clerical voices within the country promoting this level of violence
on the back of their fundamentalist Islamic view of the world. While shocking, it is worth being aware of the reality in order to understand what is
actually happening within the country and to appreciate the pressures now facing dissenting voices within Egypt, whether political or religious.
The article reporting these specific events appeared on August 17,
, (and the claim has been discussed
, and here
). Is it
not therefore very telling that in the following clip, dated a couple of days prior, Egyptian cleric Hashem Islam issued a fatwa permitting the
killing of anti-Morsi demonstrators? —
Video of fatwa against anti-Morsi protestors
As to whether the extremes of punishment claimed to have occurred are actually conceivable in Egypt in this day and age, the following clip says it
Egyptian cleric calls for execution, crucifixion and amputation
...broadcast on March 16 this year.
So what do the Muslim Brotherhood really stand for? Are they the moderates they would like us to believe, or has that stance just been a Trojan horse
for radicalism? Judge for yourself:
Former General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Mahdi 'Akef: To Hell with Anyone who Does Not
Accept Islamic Rule
The precise nature of the emergent Egyptian government is becoming clearer by the day. The following article posted August 14 summarizes recent events
that are more widely known:
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi abruptly dismissed Egypt’s defense minister and other top generals over the weekend in an aggressive effort to
remove a major brake on his own power.
Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi was formerly the most powerful official in Egypt and a major pillar of the former Mubarak regime. Morsi has now
put himself in position to consolidate the Muslim Brotherhood’s control over Egypt.
In addition to sacking Tantawi, Morsi forced the resignation of the chief of staff of the army as well as the heads of the air force, navy, and air
defense forces. This bold move amounts to a counter-coup against the “slow motion coup” that the military staged by stripping Egypt’s new
parliament and presidency of most of their power shortly before the June presidential runoff election.
Morsi opportunistically exploited the army’s embarrassment over last week’s terrorist attacks by Islamist militants, which killed 16 Egyptian
border guards in the Sinai. The decapitation of the top ranks of the armed forces allows Morsi to place his own candidates in key slots and reduce
resistance to the radical political program of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.
Morsi’s Islamist-dominated government has also cracked down on Egypt’s media. State prosecutors recently announced that two Egyptian journalists
will be put on trial for “insults” to the president.
But how much have the MSM made you aware of the level of extremism being whipped up within the country in order to quell voices of dissent?
edit on 19/8/12 by pause4thought because: fixed code