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    • Sigmund
    • 06.07.13 | 21:12 (IDT)

    Slowly the West is learning that no nation in which a majority of its citizens adhere to "Islamism" can establish a fair and just democracy. More important than mere democracy are individual liberties, tolerance and acceptance of a broad range of human differences including religion, ethnicity, race, sexuality, sex, physical and mental capabilities, a strong separation of church and state, and other items enshrined in the United States Constitution and other "Western" traditions. In particular, the belief that one religion should dominate in the legal and political sphere is simply incompatible with fairness and justice. Such a “democracy” is actually a mobocracy, the lowest, most degenerate form of government. Such nations are probably better off with a benevolent dictatorship which tries to stimulate many of the other important values while trying to lead the people to a recognition that religion should be separate from government. In the case of Egypt, Egypt was better served by the Mubarak government than by what came after. Also, Mubarak's last election was not significantly less democratic than that of Morsi. Mubarak was actually the first democratically elected leader of Egypt. The United States should support the development of a non-Islamist government in Egypt, a government with a strong barrier between "church" (mosque?) and state. We should not try to enforce such a preference militarily but we should support the principles we favor in peaceful ways. I hope that Egypt's next attempt to establish a post-Mubarak government will be more successful than its first.

    from the article: Egypt's Christians face arson, beatings, and forced conversions amid upheaval
    First published 15:32 06.07.13 | Last updated 15:32 06.07.13
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