Taking the Religious Conservative Pulse in Egypt: Watch Mohamed ElBaradei

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.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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1 Response to Taking the Religious Conservative Pulse in Egypt: Watch Mohamed ElBaradei

  1. Christ's Angel says:

    A new Egypt of virtue, freedom and dignity – did Christ ever say it was anything less? “My Kingdom is not of this world.” If Egyptians would rise out of their willful acceptance of worshipping “allah of the Koran”, the devil, they would break the chains that exclude them from freedom, and could then suffer with dignity the natural death of their elder Mubarak. Currently, Egypt’s health care plan is seriously under attack from within.

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