This brief bit from a New York Times report this weekend jumped out at me:
Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, a Muslim cleric known as Abu Omar, said that many conservative Muslims would not support a secular politician like Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel Prize winner and former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency. “ElBaradei and the others, they have no connection to religion. If Hosni Mubarak goes, they will replace him with someone else like him,” said Abu Omar, . . .
Well, if he means a secular person, then I certainly hope so. I suppose that the fate of Mohamed ElBaradei over the next month will signal the direction of Egypt. He’s probably the person to watch.
And I noticed this from the Associated Press:
Egypt’s most prominent democracy advocate took up a bullhorn Sunday and called for President Hosni Mubarak to resign, speaking to thousands of protesters who defied a curfew for a third night. . . . Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei’s appearance in Tahrir, or Liberation, Square underscored the jockeying for leadership of the mass protest movement that erupted seemingly out of nowhere in the past week to shake the Arab world’s most populous nation. . . . “You are the owners of this revolution. You are the future,” ElBaradei told the crowd after nightfall. “Our essential demand is the departure of the regime and the beginning of a new Egypt in which every Egyptian lives in virtue, freedom and dignity.”
Mohamed ElBaradei sounds like a secular humanist to me. Let’s hope ElBaradei and his allies come to power and not the inane Muslim Brotherhood.