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Islamists Ram Through New Egypt Constitution

From a gobsmacked Associated Press:

Egypt Islamists hurriedly approve new constitution

By HAMZA HENDAWI and MAGGIE MICHAEL | November 30, 2012

CAIRO (AP) — Islamists approved a draft constitution for Egypt early Friday without the participation of liberal and Christian members, seeking to pre-empt a court ruling that could dissolve their panel with a rushed, marathon vote that further inflames the conflict between the opposition and President Mohammed Morsi.

Gosh, this sort of sounds like what Pharaoh Obama did when he rammed through Obama-Care in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve.

By the way, this vote was not supposed to take place for another two months. (A detail the AP buries deep in their article.)

The vote by the constituent assembly advanced a charter with an Islamist bent that rights experts say could give Muslim clerics oversight over legislation and bring restrictions on freedom of speech, women’s rights and other liberties.

But we were told by the Obama administration and their news media minions that this would never happen.

The draft, which the assembly plans to deliver to the president Saturday, must be put to a nationwide referendum within 30 days. Morsi said Thursday it will be held "soon." …

The Islamist-dominated assembly that has been working on the constitution for months raced to pass the charter, voting article by article on the draft’s more than 230 articles for more than 16 hours. The lack of inclusion was on display in the nationally televised gathering: Of the 85 members in attendance, there was not a single Christian and only four women, all Islamists. Many of the men wore beards, the hallmark of Muslim conservatives

‘Conservatives’ are horrible all over the world.

The sudden rush to finish came as the latest twist in a week-long crisis pitting Brotherhood veteran Morsi and his Islamist supporters against a mostly secular and liberal opposition and the powerful judiciary. Voting had not been expected for another two months. But the assembly abruptly moved it up in order to pass the draft before Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court rules on Sunday on whether to dissolve the panel…

As if the Supreme Court could stop them.

"I am saddened to see this come out while Egypt is so divided," Egypt’s top reform leader, Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei said, speaking on private Al-Nahar TV…

Remember, the Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei was one of those who told us we had nothing to fear from the Muslim Brotherhood.

In a sign of the divisions, protesters camped out in Cairo’s Tahrir Square who were watching the interview late Thursday chanted against Morsi and raised their shoes in the air in contempt…

That will stop him for sure.

The draft largely reflects the conservative vision of the Islamists, with articles that rights activists, liberals and others fear will lead to restrictions on the rights of women and minorities and on civil liberties in general.

The draft says citizens are equal under the law but an article specifically establishing women’s equality was dropped because of disputes over the phrasing…

Another new article states that Egypt’s most respected Islamic institution, Al-Azhar, must be consulted on any matters related to Shariah, a measure critics fear will lead to oversight of legislation by clerics.

The draft also includes bans on "insulting or defaming all prophets and messengers" or even "insulting humans" — broad language that analysts warned could be used to crack down on many forms of speech…

Gee, just like in our country, under Pharaoh Obama.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, November 30th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Islamists Ram Through New Egypt Constitution”

  1. GetBackJack

    The Will Of The People is what we decide it is.

  2. mr_bill

    When there were protests against Mubarak, nerobama fueled them by asking telling Mubarak to step down. Now that a radical terrorist dictator is in power and there are protests against him, nerobama is silent….hmmmm….

    Then again I always thought it was strange that nerobama went to such lengths to avoid getting involved in Iran when there was a chance to overthrow Ahmadinejihad, but was so willing to intervene in Egypt (until the islamofascists gained control).

    • canary

      Just recently, the people in Iran were heavily protesting, but without a poster girl for the media has reported little and Ahamdinejihad is arresting and slaughtering the protestors.

    • mr_bill

      That’s about as high in the ranks or reporting as the Coptic Christians being massacred in Egypt. The nerobama regime has made it clear that it isn’t interested in regime change, unless it can trade a moderate one for a radical, anti-Israel, terrorist regime.

  3. canary

    That Egyptian woman all covered up looks like a man. Surely Obama will complain about the bottled water.


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