Muslim Brotherhood: We won’t impose Islamic values on Egypt

[I’ll believe it when I see it. Ted Belman]

After its success in first round of parliamentary elections, Muslim Brotherhood seeks to reassure Egyptians that it will not sacrifice personal freedoms in promoting Islamic law.
By The Associated Press, HAARETZ

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, emerging as the biggest winner in the first round of parliamentary elections, is seeking to reassure Egyptians that it will not sacrifice personal freedoms in promoting Islamic law.

The deputy head of the Brotherhood’s new political party, Essam el-Erian, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview on Saturday that the group is not interested in imposing Islamic values on Egypt, home to a sizable Christian minority and others who object to being subject to strict Islamic codes.

“We represent a moderate and fair party,” el-Erian said of his Freedom and Justice Party. “We want to apply the basics of Shariah law in a fair way that respects human rights and personal rights,” he said, referring to Islamic law.

The comments were the clearest indication that the Brotherhood was distancing itself from the ultraconservative Islamist Nour Party, which appears to have won the second-largest share of votes in the election’s first phase.

The Nour Party espouses a strict interpretation of Islam similar to that of Saudi Arabia, where the sexes are segregated and women must be veiled and are barred from driving. [..]

December 4, 2011 | 4 Comments »

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  1. Tell me another one just like the other one.

    Anyone want a bridge in Brooklyn?

    The Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt’s version of Baron von Munchausen.

    That nose keeps growing longer and longer.

    You must trust them. Have they ever lied before?

    I’m bored.

  2. “We won’t impose Islamic values on Egypt.”

    That one ranks right up there with:

    •”Of course I’ll respect you in the morning.”

    •”The cheque is in the mail.”

    •”This won’t hurt a bit.”

    •”I was just going to call you.”

    •”We have a really challenging assignment for you.”

    •”I swear I won’t come in your mouth.”

    •”I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you.”

    Did I miss any?

  3. “We represent a moderate and fair party,” el-Erian said of his Freedom and Justice Party. “We want to apply the basics of Shariah law in a fair way that respects human rights and personal rights,” he said, referring to Islamic law.

    This is a load of BS. Sharia law by definition doesn’t respect equality, human and personal rights. So it is not possible to apply sharia law in a fair way. So therefore he is lying when he says freedom won’t be sacrificed, whatever passes for “freedom” in Egypt.