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Egypt: bishops’ spokesman warns of possibility of Islamist ‘fascist dictatorship’

Catholic World News - December 13, 2012

The spokesman for the Egyptian Catholic Bishops' Conference is calling upon the European Union to press the nation’s current government to respect human rights.

“The European Union must make it clear to President Morsi and his government that they have to observe human rights,” said Father Rafik Greiche. “The militias of the Muslim Brotherhood have threatened people demonstrating peacefully against the president's policy.”

“This is just as unacceptable as the text put forward for the future Egyptian constitution,” he added. “Of course, we won't tell the people what to do. But we certainly won't encourage them to vote in favor of the draft constitution.”

“Whenever Islam becomes politicized it automatically turns into a fascist dictatorship,” he continued. “Then comes the impending threat that the sharia in its most fundamental form will be introduced.”

“And this affects not only Christians, but all Egyptians who want freedom and justice.”

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  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Dec. 13, 2012 6:19 PM ET USA

    Since when has Islam not been politicized? Islam has historically always seen very little difference between religion and politics. It seems to me that many in the West keep trying to view Islam through the distorted lens of pluralist secularism rather than to look at Islam as it always was, is now and ever shall be---theocratic and dictatorial.

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