This is the second article I have written recently that touches on Islam. The first one dealt with some basic comparisons of Christianity versus Islam. I am not by any stretch of the imagination an expert on Islam and don’t pretend to be. I am just an average American citizen and a conservative Bible believing Christian. But it is not hard for me to tell that one of the reportedly “moderate” Islamic groups that received a great deal of press during the recent events in Egypt poses a deep threat to both Middle Eastern and world stability. The “Muslim Brotherhood,” founded in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna, was repeatedly referred to by the news media as perhaps a positive force that could assist in bringing “democracy” to Egypt.
I’ll be brief and to the point by quoting the motto for the Muslim Brotherhood: “Allah is our objective; the Prophet is our leader, the Quran is our law; Jihad is our way; dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope”.
How can the USA mainstream news media be so blind when it comes to the Muslim Brotherhood’s intentions? How can any American in their right mind think that the Brotherhood can assist in bringing about “democracy” in Egypt? How can they overlook the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood has a long and documented history of terrorism though they have supposedly abandoned that position. The Muslim Brotherhood has spawned such groups as “al Qaeda”, “Islamic Jihad” and “Hamas” among others across the Arab world. Need I say more?
Democracy as practiced in the Western world is a joke to the Brotherhood. Western democracy supports the freedom of religion. The Brotherhood’s idea of democracy would make Islam the state religion. Western democracy supports multiple political parties. The Brotherhood would institute a one-party system, outlawing any rivals. There would be no checks and balances, no guarantees of human rights, no safeguard that would protect the citizens from imposition of Sharia Law.
I do not pretend to have the answer for what Egypt should do. But I do know that those who think that the Muslim Brotherhood supports a truly democratic outcome for Egypt and should be involved in shaping where the country is going, have either purposefully ignored, or failed to understand, the history of the group and particularly their still existing motto.
To many, it would not be politically correct for this article to be circulated. Let me just say that I am not trying to be politically correct. I am thankful that I live in a country where our form of democracy provides for freedom of the press and the freedom of religion. I am not so naive to believe that everyone who reads this will agree with what I have written. I am indeed thankful to God that I live in a country that allows me to express myself without fear of reprisal. In countless Islamic countries I would be immediately condemned to death. May God help us all as we try to serve Him in such a mixed up world.