By VICTOR SHARPE—
What the Muslim Brotherhood’s predictable victory in Egypt means is the end of any hope on the part of women and Egyptian Christians for equal rights.
The Brotherhood’s new Egyptian President, Mohammed Morsi, has made it clear that to oppose the Brotherhood’s rule is to oppose Islam itself. This guarantees that millions of illiterate Egyptians throughout the country, who listen to the vitriol spewed by their Imams in Friday night sermons in the mosques, will be told who to vote for.
And the far fewer Egyptians who are relatively moderate will now be forced to endure ominous Sharia restrictions on their rights.
The so-called “Arab Spring,” so avidly touted and embraced by President Obama, was never about democracy, despite the banalities expressed by so many talking heads in the Western press and media. It was always about imposing Islamic law upon Egypt. And now Egypt has fallen under deeply repressive Sharia law.
The implications for women’s rights are dire in light of Sharia’s diminution of women to the status of little more than chattels and slaves of their husbands, fathers and brothers. But don’t expect that here in the United States the oh so liberal National Organization for Women will speak out in condemnation. Their silence in the face of horrific treatment of women throughout the Muslim world has been, and remains, deafening.
The imposition of Sharia law on freedom of speech is an integral part of Islam, which forbids criticism of the prophet Muhammad and of the Koran. The Brotherhood’s constitution includes a ban on all criticism of political leaders – a road map for dictators and tyrants – and allows the state to control what books and films may or may not be viewed.
Now that Islamic law has domination over Egypt, the largest Arab country in terms of population, it portends a new dark age for the Middle East and for the entire world.
Victor Sharpe is a freelance writer and author of Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish state