Egypt: Muslims Riot Over Appointment of Christian Governor

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In the new modern, moderate, secular, democratic Egypt of the Arab Spring, Muslims in Qena are enraged and protesting because a Christian governor has been appointed for them. It was yet another indication that the Egypt that will emerge from this season of revolution and upheaval is much more likely to be an Islamic state than a secular democracy, no matter how much the mainstream media fantasizes about the latter.

The protests have been vehement, if not violent. Reuters reported Sunday that “thousands rallied outside the governor’s office in Qena and prevented employees from entering, blocked highways leading to the town and sat on a railway line into the province demanding that the appointment of Emad Mikhail be reversed.” A local resident added: “They started out by camping at the local government’s office. Then they set up a tent on the railroad tracks. They also tried to block the road and stopped buses to separate men and women passengers.” And “tensions were so high that the local Christian residents had to stay inside and couldn’t go to church to celebrate Palm Sunday.”

Reuters suggested that the protesters were angry about government corruption, claiming  that the protesters were outraged because the last Christian governor in the area “left a negative impression of Christian officials,” but AP let the cat out of the bag on Monday when it noted that “many” of the protesters were “from the ultraconservative Salafi trend of Islam.”

For the mainstream media, one is “ultraconservative” for adhering to Islamic law and wanting to impose it on others, and likewise “ultraconservative” for resisting the imposition of that law. But anyway, why would “ultraconservative” Islamic supremacists be outraged over a Christian governor? Because Islamic law forbids non-Muslims to hold authority over Muslims. This is in accord with the Qur’anic command that Muslims fight the People of the Book – the Qur’an’s term for primarily Jews and Christians, until they “feel themselves subdued” (9:29).

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  • Chezwick_mac

    This story and stories like it are the rational counter to the "tiny minority of extremists" canard. The Islamo-Left has been quite successful in pushing the narrative that terrorism is somehow anomalous to Islam, but this kind of bigoted supremacism is the expression not of terrorists, but of the common folk, the masses, the Muslim "street."

    CAIR and other Muslim advocacy groups MUST be held to account for the prevalence of this kind of hatred and discrimination perpetrated by their co-religionists abroad. Their own pathetic claims to victim-hood pale when juxtaposed to the bonafide oppression suffered by religious minorities throughout the Muslim world. CAIR must be compelled to account for the staggering contradiction between their claims that Islam is tolerant and peaceful…and the ugly realities unfolding in Egypt, Nigeria and elsewhere as non-Muslims endure the horrific depredations of existing inside the Muslim realm.

  • kafir4life

    Wow! it seems that muslims are much like unions. If things don't go their way, they seeth, whine, and riot.

  • Dispozovdaburka

    As illegal muslim immigrants invade non-muslim countries trying to escape chaos in Muslim countries, they will soon bring the same chaos to non-muslim countries.
    Their way of life is not compatible with the modern world.
    Never has been, never will be.
    It's just the nature of the "Beast." ( Islam)

    • ziontruth

      Exactly. That, I contend, is why multiculturalism must be considered treason.

  • Wesley69

    Anyone who truly believed democracy would take root in Egypt must have been smoking some powerful weed. Most of the country wants strict Shariah Law. How democratic is that? Coptic Christians, under Mubarak, were sufferring persecution, but with his fall, its going to get much worse because Shariah Law demands it.

  • Morty62

    I've been getting friction from some friends now that I don't tow the left-wing line. I'm actually fairly liberal on most issues, but the more I looked into Islam and saw what it really advocates and how totaltarian it is I flipped over to the sane side. Frankly, opposing Islam is perfectly in line with progressive thought because they are anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-abortion and so on. When I point this out lights start blinking in their eyes and smoke begins to pour from their ears.

  • Brooklyn Dave

    Wesley69, you are definitely on the money. Even though Mubarak claimed he had a secular government, he still had to make concessions to Shariah law…especially in regard to the Copts. I wonder what the US would look like if we had 10 million Copts here instead of 10 million more Mexicans? They would be a very good witness to the "religion of peace". Throw in 500,000 Chaldeans for good measure. These people are the true asylum seekers. Most Latin Americans (except Cubans) are here for economic reasons only.

  • JosephWiess

    In the Qur’an, the equation is simple: obedience to Allah brings prosperity, and rebellion from Allah brings calamity.

    Yeah right, then how come everywhere Islam is, there is poverty, and education dies, and women and children are killed? Allah isn't god, he's a blood thirsty demon that wants to bathe in the blood of innocents.

    • SoundDoc

      Islam is the beast in revelation, Allah's name = 666 and so does the Quran. Consider the coincidence of this chapter and verse; Re 9:11 And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon. [means destroyer]

  • LindaRivera

    GOD's Law: YOU SHALL NOT MURDER — is eternal and unchanging. God does not give anyone a free pass to break His Holy Laws because of their religion.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Muslim Circus in Egypt, none seem to have a day job, just demonstrate
    and go back to the Mosque for lunch. Why would the Egyptian government
    appoint a Christian as a Governor, playing games and keeping the ball
    rolling down the Islamist street, take everyone's mind off of their miserable
    lives most likely, while creating another reason for them to get violent.

    • anon e. mus

      WilliamJamesWard, the answer to your proposal is very simple: democracy is government determined by the people. Democracy is the ultimate muslim weapon used to implement strict adherence to the Quran and Sharia. By installing a christian over the province, the local populace was agitated to demand a change the local populace wants. By caving to the local demands and replacing the christian with a muslim, the new Egyptian government is able to demonstrate to their citizenry (and the world) the government's commitment to governing as the majority of the people wish.

  • zed

    Never believed even for a split second those arab “revolutions” were aiming at an aspiration to freedom and democracy. Never!
    Look at Lampedusa, all those people landing on our shores, running away from the freedom they just conquered -so to speak- after kicking out their dictator.
    I am not saying that all of those people reject such concepts. Not at all !
    But the overwhelming majority they want sharia.
    Just after the Tunisians events, they burnt a synagogue, and a priest was murdered. It says it all, doesn’t it ?
    That’s it in a nutshell.
    THere are 200 “refugees” (refugees from new hard won democracy, for beotiens :-) ) in Paris in the 19th arrondissement. They are not happy about the French welcome. They would like the red carpet.
    Bastardly French !
    And the French government have no balls…