Another segment from Obama’s Mideast speech today:
Such tolerance is particularly important when it comes to religion. In Tahrir Square, we heard Egyptians from all walks of life chant, “Muslims, Christians, we are one.” America will work to see that this spirit prevails — that all faiths are respected, and that bridges are built among them. In a region that was the birthplace of three world religions, intolerance can lead only to suffering and stagnation. And for this season of change to succeed, Coptic Christians must have the right to worship freely in Cairo, just as Shia must never have their mosques destroyed in Bahrain.
What he chooses to say and not say is noteworthy.
He claimed that “In Tahrir Square, we heard Egyptians from all walks of life chant, ‘Muslims, Christians, we are one.'” And yet “Coptic Christians must have the right to worship freely in Cairo.”
Why don’t they have that right at this time? What happened to all those Egyptians in Tahrir Square chanting “Muslims, Christians, we are one”? What about the inconvenient fact that the main reason Christians cannot worship freely in Cairo is because of Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi elements whose rise to power Obama is warmly applauding and pledging to support? Does he intend to confront the Muslim Brotherhood about the treatment of Christians in Egypt?
Somehow I doubt it.