December 01, 2011

Good News: All Our Alarmist & Hyperbole Filled Predictions About Egypt Pretty Much Dead On

Muslim Brotherhood set to win electons: check

Strong showing for parties that make the Muslim Brotherhood look like "moderates": check

Egypt turning from a secular fascist country to an even more repressive religiously fascist country: check

So, where am I off here?

The party formed by the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s mainstream Islamist group, appeared to have taken about 40 percent of the vote, as expected. But a big surprise was the strong showing of ultraconservative Islamists, called Salafis, many of whom see most popular entertainment as sinful and reject women’s participation in voting or public life.

Analysts in the state-run news media said early returns indicated that Salafi groups could take as much as a quarter of the vote, giving the two groups of Islamists combined control of nearly 65 percent of the parliamentary seats.

Apparently Egyptians want to be more oppressed, not less.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:50 PM | Comments |