As reported July 4, “Egypt army ousts Morsi.” It took just one year for Egypt’s leader, President Mohammed Morsi, to be overthrown. Not that it was entirely unthinkable, the way Morsi gorged the Muslim Brotherhood party and self with flagrant power grabs, but it arrived with greater speed than might have been anticipated.
When the Islamist Morsi came to power, the consequences were predictable. After all, how many Islamic governments have proven equitable or fair or democratic? When religion is in charge of governing, history has shown it’s not a pretty sight: demanding absolute control according to the prevailing rendition of its elastic meanings. It is oppressive to notions of freedom and independence, and a poison to reason, conscience, and morality. Islam is now, as Christianity once was, the best manifestation of the dangerous extremes festering inside the tenets of religion — since it is pliable enough to take on shapes limited only by unlimited greed.
Michael E. White