And the learned analysts in the U.S. will say, “See? They’re for freedom and justice! Nothing to be concerned about!” “Muslim Brotherhood sits at Egypt’s new democratic table,” by David E. Miller for The Media Line, February 23 (thanks to all who sent this in):
The group’s new political party, Freedom and Justice, faces an uphill struggle; group has yet to define its positions.
The Muslim Brotherhood — which had been the standard bearer of Egypt’s opposition until non-aligned protesters forced President Husni Mubarak out of office this month — is forming a political party, as it seeks to ensure it place for itself in the country”s new democratic politics.
But the new party, to be called Freedom and Justice, faces an uphill struggle. The Brotherhood officially remains banned in Egypt and its leaders declined to detail what its positions will be or even state with certainty whether non-Muslims will be able to hold leadership positions. Analysts say many Egyptians are suspicious of its Muslim agenda….
Suspicious? And yet the Pew survey in Spring 2010 showed that overwhelming majorities of Egyptians want a role for Islam in politics.