The Egyptian army has announced fresh presidential and parliamentary elections after ousting elected Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi from power.
Mr Morsi and his presidential team have been detained in the Presidential Republican Guards Club, according to a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The head of the Muslim Brotherhood political party and the deputy chief have also been arrested and warrants issued for 300 members of the Brotherhood.
In a televised address to the divided nation, commander of the armed forces, General Abdul Fatah Khalil al Sisi, said Mr Morsi had "failed to meet the demands of the Egyptian people" and would be replaced....
Penelope, going down a layer or two on the site that you gave, and it probably should be looked at for the official SBC view on the Middle East, I did find this commentary [URL=http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-faith/wp/2013/07/18/why-religious-freedom-is-inseparable-from-progress-in-the-middle-east/]]]Why religious freedom is inseparable from progress in the Middle East[/URL]. It somewhat follows the ideas I would suppose of [URL=http://www.rand.org/pubs/monograph_reports/MR1716.html]]]Civil Democratic Islam[/URL], which surprising Mr. Barton's book of a century ago was also Pollyanna, but his chapter 9 still remains true today! [URL=http://www.answering-islam.org/Books/Barton/11.htm]]]Inadequacy of Islam[/URL]
No perhaps one of the many reasons that Baby-face Bush should have been impeached the most important one, he didn't insist something like this wasn't in the Iranian and Afghanistan Constitutions:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
Our friend Jim from Lincoln is just pushing more liberal propaganda. (and to think he says he is an independent) If former president Bush was only interested in oil, then one would think he would have followed the dismal policies of the current administration that have brought up the price of gas over 100% and lined his pockets. Also, in case you had not noticed, our economy is very dependent on the cost of oil. Which is why we should drill more and open up other oil producing technology to become oil independent. Higher oil prices already hurting our economy and mainly affecting the poor. So, if what was going on in the Middle East was ignored and our economy had gone down the tubes, you would be the first to pin the blame on Bush. (You already blame him when it was democratic policies that brought about the sub-prime crisis that sent the economy in a tailspin) You ignore the fact that CONGRESS declared an act of war and that all the liberal voices (Clinton, Kerry and Gore) said that Saddam Hussein needed to be ousted. If we had pushed our governmental policies (Bill of Rights) into foreign governments you would be howling about American imperialism and colonization.
JPW,how is evangelical repentance a help to the persecuted church in ME? how are they culpable?
William, I think the last several Presidents have pledged to carry on the policies of the former one. You notice Pres. Obama just didn't yank the troops out? Of course with Vietnam as an example, I can see why Presidents are anxious to follow that particular example.
So, not only a former President may be responsible for stupid behavior -- which a later one feels obligated to carry through, you can bet McCain would most assuredly would. But the deaths of many non-[URL=http://bibleprobe.com/muhammad.htm]]]Muhammad[/URL]ans, q.v., [URL=http://www.jewishworldreview.com/1011/glick101111.php3?printer_friendly]]]The forgotten Christians of the East[/URL] still has repercussions to this day, because of Bush's behavior. Of course not insisting that there is a Bill of Rights, rather than Sharia, [URL=http://answering-islam.org/Authors/Arlandson/top_ten_sharia.htm]]]Top ten reasons why sharia is bad for all societies[/URL], was completely evil. If civil rights are guaranteed who cares if an anti-democratic, vicious majority has the the right to vote.
Oh, later article on Egypt, [URL=http://www.jpost.com/LandedPages/PrintArticle.aspx?id=320374 ]]]Egyptian Christians happy Morsi is gone but remain wary[/URL].
Jim, Bush hasn't been in office for over four years. In what way has the impostor from Kenya been any different in his policy towards the satanic religion of Islam? If anything, the current administration is even more accepting and tolerant as well as supportive toward the Islamo-fascists. It's time to change the song, Jim. You're wearing this one out. It's tiresome.
PS. Before you go into another anti-Republican diatribe, I never supported Bush either. I only support those in government who honor their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. If they can't do that, they are liars, regardless of political party.
People of other religions are collateral damage, jpw, doubtful many are actually Christians, Copts, aren't. But, they still should be treated decently.
Since Bush was mainly interested in oil, (You must have remembered Bush holding hands with the sheik, jpw) he really cared nothing about people of any religion, but to keep the oil flowing. In the [URL=http://www.answering-islam.org/Muhammad/index.html]]]Muhammad[/URL]an countries we had a controlling military presence, we should have demanded that a version of [URL=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Bill_of_Rights]]]United States Bill of Rights[/URL] be in all their constitutions and a ban put on Shari'a law, [URL=http://answering-islam.org/Authors/Arlandson/top_ten_sharia.htm]]]Top ten reasons why sharia is bad for all societies[/URL]
Egypt has so far been lucky in that Shari'a wasn't put into practice, q.v., [URL=http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/07/05/opinion/brooks-defending-the-coup.html]]]Defending the Coup[/URL] is by probably one of the few right of center commentators in the anti-Israeli paper, The New York Times. So, he is usually safe to read.
So, no, other groups were second-class citizens during the Mubarak regime, but their suffering would be multiplied greatly under the Muslim Bro
Jim -- what's incompatible is the western/wahhabi alliance and what they do to these nations! word as the prowahhabis are saying they will burn the Christians until they get back in power. Christians being slaughtered. but the tv media isn't going to tell you about it......the Christians are just collateral damage!
You mean we should have rioted when [URL=http://https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_Wars]]]Banana War[/URL] Bush. If the GOP Congress was doing its job it would have impeached the ah.... bum!
No, our goofy chief of staff of the Armed Forces told the Egyptian military there funds might be cut! I have to say Presidents like Clinton and Bush, and perhaps others should remember [URL=http://www.answering-islam.org/Shamoun/badawi_tolerance.htm]]]The Myth of Islamic Tolerance[/URL] and they just don't get [URL=http://www.answering-islam.org/authors/thomas/incompatible.html]]]The Incompatibility of Islam with Western Civilization[/URL].
With the military in control there will not so much overt attacking Copts and people of other religions, but they still didn't get equal treatment under the law. A benevolent dictator is much more preferable to the tyranny of a [URL=http://bibleprobe.com/muhammad.htm]]]Muhammad[/URL]an majority.