Earlier this week, interim Egyptian president Adli Mansour issued the law covering presidential elections. Field Marshal Abdel Fattah El Sisi hinted he was running, and most observers and analysts inside and outside of Egypt expect him to win. For whoever does emerge victorious, it will be a painful victory.
The institutions of the Egyptian state are out of control -- and it is unclear if even Sisi can bring them to heel.
Islamic nations are again learning that the jihad is a volatile instrument of war that can easily backfire on those who preach it; that “holy war” is hardly limited to fighting and subjugating “infidels”—whether the West in general, Israel in particular, or the millions of non-Muslim minorities under Islam—but can also be used to fight “apostates,” that is, Muslims accused of not being Islamic enough.
In a column in the official Egyptian daily Al-Ahram, Egyptian poet Ahmed 'Abd Al-Mu'ti Higazi claims that Christians in Egypt suffer widespread harassment that remains unaddressed by the authorities, and that they are frequently subjected to violence as a result of Muslim incitement.
It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Reverend Keith Roderick in Springfield, Illinois during the night of Monday. This news is shocking to all of us, his family, friends and particularly those who worked with him over the past three decades to defend the human rights of oppressed people around the world, particularly in the Muslim world. This loss is deep and will be felt by many people in America and around the world.
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