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Egypt’s protests reveal deficit of trust in Muslim Brotherhood

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Open defiance of Egypt’s president in street protests shows how much the Muslim Brotherhood needs to leave Islam outside the door of democracy.

Five days of protests in Egypt, with dozens of people killed and entire cities in turmoil, have revealed a whopping deficit of public trust in the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic group that dominates the leadership of this young democracy of the Arab Spring.

In cities like Port Said, the protesters have displayed an open defiance of President Mohamed Morsi’s orders on a curfew and state of emergency. Egypt’s Army chief warns of the state collapsing. And indeed, many Egyptians now talk of splitting up the Arab world’s most populous state.

The triggers for this upheaval were the second anniversary of the fall of Hosni Mubarak and a court sentencing 21 people for the deaths of 74 people after a soccer match last year. But below the surface of this dissent lies a deeper struggle. It is one trying to define the source of legitimacy for Egypt’s new leaders, or the kind of sentiment that cements trust between a government and its people.

As it has slowly risen to power in the past two years, the Muslim Brotherhood has broken many promises about the role it would play in representative government. Its flip-flops and power grabs in forming a new regime have only added to a worry among democracy advocates that Mr. Morsi would define his authority from Islam, or sharia law, rather than from constitutional rights and secular pluralism.




  1. Tim

    January 30th, 2013

    Fancy that!

    Egyptians don’t want to live under an Islamo-Fascist Dictatorship!

    Anybody think America will wake up?

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  2. thirdtwin

    January 30th, 2013

    Morsi should have concentrated on gun control.

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  3. Whom

    January 30th, 2013

    “..the Muslim Brotherhood needs to leave Islam outside the door of democracy”

    They cannot and will not though of course; that is their entire motivation after all!

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  4. Dianne

    January 30th, 2013

    The “arab spring” (contrary to popular opinion of the clueless “news” outlets) wasn’t mean’t to create a democracy. The whole point behind the people who caused it was to put the MB in control. Now the MB have achieved their goal and they don’t give a sh-t what the people want. Look for the MB to start murdering Eqyptian citizens who don’t fall in line.

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  5. Edith McCrotch

    January 30th, 2013

    True Democracy is sweet sometimes ain’t it?

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  6. jeckelmyhyde

    January 30th, 2013

    Hillary said “Morsi or Obama, what difference does it make.”.

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  7. caroleigh

    January 30th, 2013

    If this Muslim clown, King Obumfuc keeps up his power grab, the same thing WILL be written about the United States. Wish there was an organization that thinks the same as me to join

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  8. Tim

    January 30th, 2013

    All totalitarian shitwads proclaim “One Man, One Vote, One Time”

    Once they’re in, their true intentions start to emerge …

    sorta like that totalitarian shitwad of ours.

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