Egyptian people demand democracy – and female genital mutilation
It is a mistake to think that changing any country’s system of government to “democracy” automatically results in gains in human rights and freedoms. Democracy only reflects the values and the will of the majority. In the case of Egypt, democracy will reflect Islamic values: not the values that we in Western societies often wrongly attribute to democracy.
Bajan (and Western) democracy is a reflection of our values, laws and history. Egypt’s democracy will be something else: and that “something else” is what the civilized world should greatly fear.
In Barbados, our democracy – the will of the people – reflects our country’s Western/Christian values and historical traditions. Oh, we can argue over all kinds of issues and change our laws as our society and current values develop, but our legislators are generally held in check by our Constitution and a set of laws, traditions and values that go way back to the Magna Carta. And whether you like it or not, all of that historically rests upon a tradition of Judeo/Christian religious values.
Egyptian people demand democracy – and stoning for adultery
As we saw a few months ago when a young Bajan from the Barbados Al-Falah Muslim School argued for Islamic Sharia laws, beheading, chopping off of hands, and compulsory veils for women – Islamic values as found in the Koran are quite different from current Bajan and Western values. (One of the Al-Falah Muslim School students in the above photo argued for beheading.)
If Barbados was a majority Muslim country, we could expect to see those barbaric Islamic values, laws and punishments implemented in our country.
Egyptian democracy will be much like Afghan democracy. The people will choose their leaders, and those leaders will make decisions about which hands to chop off and when.
Don’t think so?
Consider the latest Egyptian poll:
59%: Say democracy is preferable to any other form of government.
95%: Say it’s good that Islam plays a large role in politics
85%: Say Islam’s influence on politics is good
82%: Believe adulterers should be stoned
84%: Believe apostates from Islam should face the death penalty
77%: Believe thieves should be flogged or have their hands cut off