Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Where are the Islamists? - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

This is a most interesting analysis of the conflict in Egypt -- the push for democracy (a good thing) and the possibility that a radical Islamic based party may win those elections. I've added on paragraph below from Ian Buruma's article in AlJazeera today. You'll want to read the whole thing. But this one paragraph to me describes the sole reason why we need to pay attach to what "religious-based" party gets into power. There is a difference between a "Christian party" based on love for all mankind and no force of conversion, vs. a party where their main holy book calls them to kill all those who do not believe, or at least to force Sharia law on them and when they break it, to make them pay with their lives. That's the sum of it. Take a look and pass it on.

Where are the Islamists? - Opinion - Al Jazeera English: "True, once religious institutions take over political power, they are never democratic. They cannot be, because religious authority demands obedience to divine power, which by definition is not open to rational challenge. When Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and his followers hijacked the Iranian revolution in 1979, democracy became impossible; the cleric had become a dictator."



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