Friday, December 08, 2006
The Egyptian government is considering a ban on mosque protests. The law was unveiled by the Ministry of Waqf (Islamic Endowments), ostensibly to preserve the sanctity of religious worship, and a former Chief Mufti of Egypt has spoken up in support. I don't, however, believe this will go over well with the Muslim Brotherhood. The Mubarak regime is simply trying to stymie a potential source of opposition, and the only one with a large following in the general population. This also shows how far government-appointed religious leaders can be out of touch with much of the population.