A state based on "Islamic values" dedicated to "serving all Egyptians regardless of...religion" would relegate Egyptian Christians to dhimmi status, denying them basic rights. "Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood seeks political party status," from CNN, February 15 (thanks to Weasel Zippers):
Cairo, Egypt (CNN) -- Egypt's banned Muslim Brotherhood will apply to become a political party, it announced Tuesday.
The Brotherhood "envisions the establishment of a democratic, civil state that draws on universal measures of freedom and justice, with central Islamic values serving all Egyptians regardless of colour, creed, political trend or religion," it said in the statement.
Although officially illegal, the Muslim Brotherhood is regarded as one of the most organized groups in Egypt.
It has said it does not plan to run a candidate for president when elections are held to replace Hosni Mubarak, who resigned on Friday.