Recently, I was invited to attend a deeply radical event at a large church in a major Midwestern city. It was a prayer meeting for Egypt, for Egypt’s new president and its Islamist government, and for the protection of Christian believers in the Islamic Middle East. The prayer meeting was hosted by an Arabic-speaking pastor who had just returned from Egypt, who shared his personal observations with those in attendance. At the meeting, we prayed fervently for Egypt’s new president, Mohammed Morsi, the Islamicist and representative for the Moslem Brotherhood, who was recently inaugurated.
Several weeks ago, upon the news of his selection as president, President Obama immediately called to congratulate President-elect Morsi, and media reports stated that the President had urged Mr. Morsi to respect the rights of women and Christians. I am sure that President Morsi responded by saying, in essence, “Barry, my dear son, of course, I shall! Oh, and don’t forget we will need much more foreign aid; in fact, we will need the same amount as you give to our dear Moslem brethren, the Pakistanis! And if you can mention the same to our friends at the IMF! We are running out of cash and foreign reserves.”
At this point, however, Egypt does not have a constitution, and it is unclear what are the exact powers and duties of President Morsi. During the presidential campaign, candidate Morsi said that he would, if elected, continue to follow all of the existing treaties and agreements that Egypt has made. Presumably, this would have included the Camp David Accords of 1979 (check) in which Egypt and Israel made peace. This agreement, hammered out under the auspices of then President Carter, would lead to the assassinations of both Israeli Prime Minister Menachim Begun and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. After President Sadat’s assassination in 1979, Vice President Hosni Mubarak became president of Egypt and ruled for 30 years until he was deposed in February 2011. On the day that President Mubarak was overthrown, the United States director of national intelligence, told the world that there was nothing to fear from the Moslem Brotherhood as it was “largely secular.”
However, this is not true at all. As I noted in another related blog this past April:
The Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood has, since its inception in 1928, sought to impose the Koran as the “sole reference point for . . . ordering the life of the Moslem family, individual, community . . . and state.” It is one of the largest Islamist movements seeking to establish an Islamic hegemony over the world. Its creed is quite explicit: “Allah is our objective, the Koran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader, Jihad is our way, and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations.” Consistent with this, in October 2010, the Supreme Guide of the Brotherhood called for a jihad against the United States.
Of course, Christians in Egypt are deeply concerned. Naguib Sawiris, a Coptic Christian businessman, who joined a liberal bloc in voicing opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood, said he expects the new president to send a reassuring message to Egypt’s Christian minority who represent around ten percent of Egypt’s population of 85 million. In a television interview, Mr. Sawiris said, “There are fears of imposing an Islamic state where Christians don’t have same rights, . . . [but President Morsi] is required to prove the opposite. . . We don’t want speeches or promises, but in the coming period, it is about taking action. . . . He was not our choice, but we are accepting it is a democratic choice.”
If you wish to learn more about the threat posed by the Moslem Brotherhood in the United States, I have been watching an informative ten-part course produced in cooperation with Frank Gaffney and the Center for Security Policy, it warns of the danger posed to each of us by agents of the Moslem Brotherhood who have infiltrated into the deepest recesses of the State and Justice Departments, and the Department of Defense. You might also want to share the course with your friends and colleagues. For my international readers, you are likely to find the same Islamist infiltration in your countries. Please continue to pray fervently for our persecuted Christian brethren throughout the Islamic Middle East.