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Secularism and democracy

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in response to reader comment: Do Not watch for a Secular Egypt - Egypt's Destiny is Already Settled

Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Apr 27, 2011 at 07:18

Hi Mr Tovey

> And Egypt will not be a democracy.

I do agree with you as democracy pre-supposes secularism and at present secularism is way down but if Egypt went through the liberal age of Albert Hourani in the 19th century and until 1939 and Egypt was indeed secular until 1971 and the change of the constitution then this can happen again so we have not seen the end of it

>The larger populations of Egyptians desiring democracy are expatriates abroad,

Far from the truth. Many Egyptians inside Egypt are secularists, and as a detached obsever I can see that and they exit and they do not want to see Egypt becoming a theocracy

>ostensibly waiting for the internal strife to be resolved before considering coming home. Most will not likely be able to return until the issues regarding Israel are resolved.

With my great respect to you, but I do not see any relation between israel and the desire of the people of Egypt to be free

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