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no democracy without religious freedom

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Submitted by alan glaser (United States), Feb 5, 2011 at 13:31

There is no democracy without religious freedom and protection of minority civil liberties. You also need a relatively educated population with a decent middle class. Egypt has none of the above.I hope i'm wrong and a document similar to the US Constitution guarantees liberty ,justice,religious freedom etc but the Arabs are still living in the middle ages for the most part. American Palestinians are still practicing "honor killings" and an Arab intellectual in Buffalo NY just beheaded his wife because she apparently wanted a divorce.

p.s. interesting how Obama stayed away from the forces of Democracy in Iran but immediately sided against Mubarak.

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