Turning The Other Cheek

It would appear as if the new Egyptian Constitution will allow the bartering of slaves, and BO, and his bunch have decided to turn the other cheek, and watch in silence:

CAIRO (AP) — An Islamist-dominated panel is voting on Egypt’s draft constitution, the country’s first charter after the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. The draft largely reflects the conservative vision of the Islamists, with articles that rights activists, liberals and Christians fear will lead to restrictions on the rights of women and minorities and civil liberties in general.

Omissions of certain articles, such as bans on slavery or promises to adhere to international rights treaties, were equally worrying to critics of the new draft, who pulled out from the panel before the vote.

Here are some of the disputed articles:

– As in past constitutions, the new draft says that the “principles of Islamic law” will be the basis of law. Previously, the term “principles” allowed wide leeway in interpreting Shariah. But in the draft, a separate new article is added that seeks to define “principles” by pointing to particular theological doctrines and their rules. That could give Islamists the tool for insisting on stricter implementation of rulings of Shariah.

– A new article states that Egypt’s most respected Islamic institution, Al-Azhar, must be consulted on any matters related to Shariah, a measure critics fear will lead to oversight of legislation by clerics.

– An article underlines that the state will protect “the true nature of the Egyptian family … and promote its morals and values,” phrasing that is vague and suggests state control over the contents of such arts forms as books and films.

– The draft contains no article specifically establishing equality between men and women because of disputes over the phrasing. However, it maintains that a woman must balance her duties toward family and outside work, suggesting that she can be held accountable if her public role conflicts with her family duties. No such article is mentioned for men.

– An article bans insulting or defaming the prophet and messengers, but is vague about what constitutes an insult, raising concerns of restrictions to freedom of expression.

– An article seeking to ensure people’s dignity bans “insulting humans”, a vague phrasing that rights activists say contradicts freedom of expression.

– An article maintains that the state supports the arts, science and literature and works to implement them in a way that serves society. That has raised concerns that some arts deemed not in the service of society may be restricted or censored….

The Gateway Pundit is even running an article of a slave for sale on Facebook:

And of course …. BO can hyperventilate about parody YouTube videos, but has absolutely nothing to say about real oppression:


Ah, those benevolent Muslims, and their DC liberal buddies.  How charming.

7 thoughts on “Turning The Other Cheek

  1. We are seeing the rise of a global tyranny unparalleled since the Cold War. I fear that we are about to see a re-birth of the Axis with Egypt, Iran and Pakistan replacing Germany, Italy and Japan as the key players.

  2. I don’t pretend to know anything about foreign affairs, but slavery does seem to be more accepted in the middle east than in western countries. If memory serves me correctly, slavery was legal in Saudi Arabia until the 1960s, a full 100 years after Lincoln freed the slaves in US.

    Rather ironic, America is obsessed with race and the quilt of slavery, but Egypt doesn’t seem to share our angst at all.

    • More ironic is that has a nation we do obsess with racism, and slavery, but yet our government will not condemn it..

      Hypocrisy? 🙂

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