h/t: Weasel Zippers
Oh … and Egypt’s newly written Islamist Constitution also criminalizes blasphemy against Islam and provides absolutely no protections for Christians.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is declining to criticize Egypt’s draft constitution despite spirited internal debate over whether the document adequately protects women, religious minorities and dissenting voices.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland lamented the lack of consensus in Egypt’s constitution-writing process. She says how people in Egypt view the draft is most important.
If Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi approves the constitution, it goes to a national referendum.
Nuland’s restraint didn’t reflect the views of all in the administration.
U.S. officials said there were internal debates over whether to criticize the draft constitution for limiting freedom of expression, failing to grant freedom of worship, criminalizing blasphemy and eroding women’s rights guarantees.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations.
When one considers the litany of criticism and vitriol the left has hurled at the right for years now, in regard to the separation of church and state, it’s pretty astonishing dear leader and his sycophant cohorts heap effusive praise on Egypt’s president Mohamed Morsi and his new Muslim Brotherhood-led government—who are now making politics and religion one and the same, as Islam is wont to do.
Just think about it: the left gets utterly bent out of shape at the sight of a Nativity scene or the mere mention of the name “Jesus,” but has no such qualms with an Islamist government that condones slavery, the subjugation of women and children, and the abolition of free speech, etc.
But I have no doubt that if Israel had proposed to include the legalization of slavery and the criminalization of blasphemy against Judaism in their constitution, the left would be demanding the UN convene the Security Council and condemn Israel in the strongest possible terms.
Why is that the current administration can’t muster up the will to condemn such odious articles that are found in Egypt’s new constitution?
CAIRO (AP) — An Islamist-dominated panel is voting on Egypt’s draft constitution, the country’s first charter after the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. The draft largely reflects the conservative vision of the Islamists, with articles that rights activists, liberals and Christians fear will lead to restrictions on the rights of women and minorities and civil liberties in general.
Omissions of certain articles, such as bans on slavery or promises to adhere to international rights treaties, were equally worrying to critics of the new draft, who pulled out from the panel before the vote.
Here are some of the disputed articles:
- As in past constitutions, the new draft says that the “principles of Islamic law” will be the basis of law. Previously, the term “principles” allowed wide leeway in interpreting Shariah. But in the draft, a separate new article is added that seeks to define “principles” by pointing to particular theological doctrines and their rules. That could give Islamists the tool for insisting on stricter implementation of rulings of Shariah.
- A 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.
- An article underlines that the state will protect “the true nature of the Egyptian family … and promote its morals and values,” phrasing that is vague and suggests state control over the contents of such arts forms as books and films.
- The draft contains no article specifically establishing equality between men and women because of disputes over the phrasing. However, it maintains that a woman must balance her duties toward family and outside work, suggesting that she can be held accountable if her public role conflicts with her family duties. No such article is mentioned for men.
- An article bans insulting or defaming the prophet and messengers, but is vague about what constitutes an insult, raising concerns of restrictions to freedom of expression.
Additionally, the Obama Administration did not utter a word of condemnation when Turkey alleged Israel was a “terrorist state” for defending themselves from hundreds of rockets being fired at her from Gaza by Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
By the way, slavery is alive and well in Islam. Consider the following classified ad by a Saudi man attempting to sell his castrated black slave …
ABDUL FOR SALE: Castrated black African slave
Peace be upon you …
I have a [male] slave I bought from an African country and arranged for his visa and stay till I got him to Saudi [Arabia]
1 – Black skin. Tall 172 sm. Weight 60 kilos.
2 – Castrated (excellent for working with a family as he won’t rape your wife or children). You can check him out with a doctor or yourself if you have experience in the matter.
3 – [His] health is quite undamaged and has no imperfections.
4 – Age 26 years.
5 – Religion is Muslim and [he is] obedient and will not disobey you except in what displeases God. Please, the matter is very serious and is not a joke.