Shades of things to come where institutionalized inequality under the law — Sharia law — is concerned. “Muslim Brotherhood: Christians and Women Unsuitable for Presidency,” from Assyrian International News Agency, February 20:
“Political parties have the right to nominate women or Copts for the presidency,” said Muslim Brotherhood leading figure Mohsen Radi. “But we find it unsuitable. Perhaps they should be nominated only for ministerial positions.”
Radi also said the group would not play any role in the caretaker government. “The government went down with the fall of the previous president,” he said.
The group had welcomed the establishment of the moderate Al-Wasat Party and expressed its willingness to cooperate with its leaders, adding that it would file for establishing its own party once the relevant law has been amended.
Al-Wasat has garnered considerable attention as a “moderate,” breakaway group from the Muslim Brotherhood. But one must remember what a slippery term “moderation” can be. In Egypt alone, a poll describing citizens’ concern about “Islamic extremism” in Egypt (61%) and the rest of the world (70%) also recorded those same participants’ support for Sharia’s cruelest punishments, including stonings (82%).
In related news, Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat, founder of the Reform and Development Party, said the new trend now is to give a chance to all parties that were rejected by the Party Affairs Commission of the previous government.