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Reader comment on item: Why Egypt Will Not Soon Become Democratic
in response to reader comment: Egypt is the canary in the gold mine

Submitted by Prashant (United States), Jan 22, 2017 at 15:05

Dear Dr Pipes, reader Stas from Ukraine correctly observed that in the Islamic regions of the world secular despot's are getting replaced by Islamic totalitarian regimes. But I am not sure if Stas realized that even under secular despots Islamic countries were 'Islamic'. Even under those despots Islam had the state patronage and minorities were at best 'separate but equal'.

I think those despots appeared to be secular because of the Soviet influence upon them.

As I said in my other message on your blog, as long as the Islamic nations maintain their constitutional connection with Islam, they should be considered inferior in the community of nations. It only makes sense.

There is little constitutional justification in, say, the UK and USA to favor Christians over people of other religions. Similarly, there is no such justification in, say, India to favor Hindus over non-Hindus. But Islamic countries routinely give favorable treatment to Islam and Muslims.

Islam's date with violence and mayhem will not end until it resolves to treat everyone with equality. The free world should never stop emphasizing the point in no uncertain terms.


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