Sunday, October 23, 2011

Muslim Spring

So dictators have fallen in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. Getting rid of dictators is always a good thing. What's next? Each revolution was accompanied by the clear outcrys of "Allah is great!" The people who are now leading thee countries until elections can be held, have all promised to "uphold muslim law." So have they traded in totalitarianism for theocracy? What is more irrational? Which will be more oppressive? Will these places end up with clerics and ayatolahs in charge?
Congratulations, you're free to be oppressed and confined by islamic law now. How refreshing.
Looks like a classic case of 'the inmates have taken over the insane asylum.' I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
Remember, you read it here first.

Harvesting the Arab Spring: Tunisia Goes to the Polls
As political analysts predicted — and liberals across the region feared — many of Sunday's voters said they voted for the popular Islamist party, Ennahda. Some said they chose the party almost automatically — "they're everywhere" was a common refrain; "they're known" was another reason for voting for a party that was heavily repressed by Ben Ali but challenged him all along. Still, many others said they found the party's religious message inspiring. "Islamic law," exclaimed Tawfiq Bin Mohamed, 62, listing the things that he hoped an Ennahda-led government would ban: gambling, drinking, adultery, homosexuality and bribery. "I have no problem with women voting," he added. "They are free. What I want is Muslim women who fear God and do not do things that oppose Islam. There are many women in Tunisia who don't know the word of God because they have European ideas."

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