UPDATED: February 4, 2011 Bridgetown
We received the following message from Reyhana Patel, who is a member of the UWI Cave Hill Islamic Society (If she is the same M. Patel. I might be wrong but I thought I saw her at a public meeting)…
“How about posting this link up? This should contradict your Egypt article posted online. I’m willing to schedule a debate last week of March 2011 or first week April 2011?
Obviously, if i don’t hear from you I’m assuming you are unwilling to take part and learn about the Muslim community which proves the point of every Barbadian that the Barbados Free Fress is just out to attack the Muslim community.”
Washington Post – The Egyptian revolution: An interfaith movement
BFP’s original article…
“Christians murdered by Egyptian Muslims? Let’s not spoil the celebration by mentioning that, okay?”
The Nation newspaper has joined the myopic mass media celebration of the revolts in Tunisia and Egypt as being staged by people crying for “greater freedom and democracy.”
Says a Nation editorial…
“The freedoms which we take for granted, such as the right to associate in trade unions and political parties, and to exercise our freedom of expression to criticize the head of government and members of cabinet, so long as we keep within the law, are sometimes taken for granted, but these recent events (in Egypt and Tunisia) ought to be a reminder to us that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”
Freedom of Religion? Freedom from Religion? Not worth mentioning.
Here the dishonest silence of The Nation stands naked and exposed, for there is no mention of freedom of religion in the editorial. The Nation editor knows that there is no freedom of religion in Egypt, and that there will still be no freedom of religion after Mubarak is deposed. If anything, the murders and oppression of Christians and non-Muslims will increase as the Muslim Brotherhood assumes a formal role in government.
But let’s not spoil a good story, okay?
Millions of Christians have fled Islamic repression in Middle East and the exodus increases every year. A few days ago two Christian families were slaughtered in Egypt because they were Christians and for no other reason. Eleven men, women and children were butchered in their homes – but you didn’t read about it in The Nation or the most of the world’s major news media.
On New Years Eve, jihadists detonated a car bomb filled with 100 pounds of explosives and buckets of nails in front of Saints Coptic Orthodox Church in Alexandria, Egypt. As the body parts of 22 Christians decorated the front of the church and roadway, Muslim passersby stepped on the bloody remains and chanted the typical “Allah Akbar”. You can watch the videos if you desire here. (warning, graphic)
The Nation is too busy celebrating the calls for freedom in Egypt and proclaiming a new era is on the horizon to pay attention to the plight of Christians in Egypt.
A new era for sure, but if you are a Christian in Egypt things are about to get much, much worse due to Muslim oppression and intolerance of other religions.
As always you should read the Nation articles at their website here, but we’re printing their entire editorial here because the Nation has proven time and time again that they have no problem erasing history by changing or totally removing articles.
Securing our rights, freedoms
Recent events in the middle east and in particular in Tunisia and in Egypt are brought into our living rooms by the magic of television.
We should all grasp the important lessons which those upheavals have for us as a young democracy building on a long history of parliamentary institutions and representative and responsible government.
In the latest example, millions of revolting Egyptians are out on the streets calling for the removal of the Mubarak regime and for greater freedom and democracy.
One of the most significant images is that of the poor and the wealthy alike demanding essentially the same thing – greater freedom and the ability to decide their future without the dead cold hand of the state dictating the great decisions in the life of the people.
Mubarak now has little choice since the army is reluctant to fire on the people who seem determined to fight for the removal of restrictions on the fundamental freedoms of Egyptians.
The freedoms which we take for granted, such as the right to associate in trade unions and political parties, and to exercise our freedom of expression to criticize the head of government and members of cabinet, so long as we keep within the law, are sometimes taken for granted, but these recent events ought to be a reminder to us that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
Last week we read of a letter received by the prison authorities from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions concerning the status of Jippy Doyle at Her Majesty’s Prisons at Dodds. The report suggested that acting on the contents of the letter, no date was set for Mr Doyle’s release, though he had served his sentence, but had appealed against conviction to the CCJ.
It is good that this matter has so far been resolved and that Mr Doyle has been released in accordance with the order of the Barbados Court of Appeal. As Sir Richard Cheltenham, Doyle’s lead lawyer pointed out, had Doyle not been released because of reliance upon the letter, it would have had serious implications for the liberty of the subject.
We applaud the stand taken by Sir Richard and his legal associates and wonder how a letter written from anyone, anywhere, could have the effect of disturbing the authority of the Barbados Court of Appeal at all, and especially in a matter involving the liberty of the subject.
Such a suggestion is so contrary to the fundamental principles of our system of governance and freedom that the public needs to be assured that this situation has not arisen in the past. No person or institution in this society has the power to countermand a decision of our courts.
It is these matters against which we must constantly be vigilant, and while this incident may have arisen in good faith and without any malevolent intent, it is still a matter requiring our concern, since the intervention of Sir Richard and the oxygen of publicity must have expedited the resolution of what could have been a clear infringement of Mr Doyle’s fundamental right to liberty as guaranteed to him under our Constitution.
Mr Doyle’s freedom has been secured but this matter must not rest there, for as our law has shown, prisoners too have rights, and this society is entitled to know that our fundamental rights are respected even when imprisoned for breaches of the law.
That is the strength of our system of rights that Egyptians are prepared to risk life and limb to secure.