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Secular voices fight to be heard in Egypt

Posted by Secular on December 7, 2012

7 December 2012

Media Release

After the decades long inexorable rise in global Islamism, we may be reaching a turning point. For the first time in a Muslim country, we are now seeing open and specifically secular opposition to an Islamist government. In Egypt, a “unified secular opposition” is voicing its opposition to the imposition of an Islamic constitution.

The stakes are high. Islamic constitutions effectively prohibit secularism and mandate sharia law. Inexplicably, this is just what the post-invasion constitutions of Iraq and Afghanistan have done. The inevitable result will be religious oppression, and social and economic disruption and stagnation.

The beliefs of all religions are contradicted by reason and evidence. The privileges granted to religions are thus not justified. In democracies we can say this. In Muslim countries it cannot be said. We should offer our support to those in Egypt fighting for this basic freedom.

John Perkins
President, Secular Party.
PO Box 6004, Melbourne 8008.
Tel 0411 143744

See News item:
http://www.smh.com.au/world/tanks-deploy-outside-egypt-presidential-palace-20121206-2axwt.html


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One Response to “Secular voices fight to be heard in Egypt”

  1. Secular said

    Update supplied by @IHEU, http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/egypt-president-scraps-decree-that-sparked-protests ‘President Mursi retracts “sweeping powers” decree but referendum on Islamist-drafted constitution remains’.

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