Uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt are secular, not Islamic, bishops report
February 04, 2011
Popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt are not motivated by Islamic fervor or revolutionary ideology, but are “demands for freedom and dignity,” according to the Catholic bishops of the region.
The Conference of Bishops of North Africa (CERNA), which includes bishops from Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Libya and Western Sahara, has ended its annual meeting with a statement calling attention to the fact that Christians have joined Muslims in the popular demonstrations. The goals of the demonstrations are secular, the bishops insist; the protests are directed against corruption and economic mismanagement by government leaders.