Egypt Constitution Sparks Mass Protest

More than 100,000 protesters took the streets in Egypt vowing to stop a draft constitution that Islamist allies of President Mohammed Morsi approved early Friday in a rushed, all-night session without the participation of liberals and Christians.

Anger at Mr. Morsi even spilled over into a mosque where the Islamist president joined weekly Friday prayers. In his sermon, the mosque’s preacher compared Mr. Morsi to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, saying the prophet had enjoyed vast powers as leader, giving a precedent for the same to happen now.

“No to tyranny!” congregants chanted, interrupting the cleric. Mr. Morsi took to the podium and told the worshipers that he too objected to the language of the sheik and that one-man rule contradicts Islam.

Crowds of protesters marched from several locations in Cairo, converging in central Tahrir Square for the opposition’s second mass rally in a week against Mr. Morsi. They chanted, “Constitution: Void!” and “The people want to bring down the regime.”

Senior opposition leader Hamdeen Sabbahi took the stage before the crowd and vowed protests would go on until “we topple the constitution.”

More than 100,000 protesters took the streets in Egypt vowing to stop a draft constitution that Islamist allies of President Mohammed Morsi approved early Friday in a rushed, all-night session without the participation of liberals and Christians.

Anger at Mr. Morsi even spilled over into a mosque where the Islamist president joined weekly Friday prayers. In his sermon, the mosque’s preacher compared Mr. Morsi to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, saying the prophet had enjoyed vast powers as leader, giving a precedent for the same to happen now.

“No to tyranny!” congregants chanted, interrupting the cleric. Mr. Morsi took to the podium and told the worshipers that he too objected to the language of the sheik and that one-man rule contradicts Islam.

Crowds of protesters marched from several locations in Cairo, converging in central Tahrir Square for the opposition’s second mass rally in a week against Mr. Morsi. They chanted, “Constitution: Void!” and “The people want to bring down the regime.”

Senior opposition leader Hamdeen Sabbahi took the stage before the crowd and vowed protests would go on until “we topple the constitution.”

WSJ

  • Hannibal

    Islam in action…

    • JS_Bach

      How about: Religion in action? Islame or not Islame, they’re all the same.

      • Hannibal

        I am sorry buddy but I can live with the Christians who act on their religion belief of separation of church and state… But Islam is the state which makes it collide with secularism. Real Islam cannot live with secularism… Show me one Islamic country which allows or acknowledges civil marriage… none… Whereas many Christian dominated governments allow the freedoms beyond the church’s dictates… 
        Lebanon is entrenched in this bullshit and the system does not allow civil freedoms unless dictated by religion… Islam as you know stampedes on women rights and because of this entanglement Christians hold on to their backward rules…For instance, let us examine the Lebanese system… A divorced woman/man in the Maronite church cannot remarry in the church… With no civil marriage allowed she has two options: 1. Change her religion, or 2. Leave to Cyprus to marry and then come back to Lebanon. Pathetic!
        and then take the Mout3a which is legalized prostitution and you have a solid society.

        • JS_Bach

          In my opinion, it is only a matter of different points on the temporal axis, rather than one religion being better than or superior to the other in the area of “minding its own business”. Grislam today is in its 1400’s. Where was Christianity in the 1400’s? In the Medieval ages. The Medieval Church was as violent, brutal, ignorant and entrenched in State, personal and civil matters as Grislam is today.

        • $21082311

          We all know some Maronite Lebanese men and women, single or divorced  indulge in Mout3a before marriage. As far as I know Mout3a is by mutual consent just like a premarital sexual affair among 2 Maronite is, is the latter prostitution? A good Christian ‘should’ not have sexual relations before marriage. Who are we to judge? 

        • 5thDrawer

          Going to Cyprus is good … the beaches are wonderful. ;-)

      • Hannibal

        agreed about Christianity’s past… But we live in the present :P

  • Hannibal

    Islam in action…

    • JS_Bach

      How about: Religion in action? Islame or not Islame, they’re all the same.

      • Hannibal

        I am sorry buddy but I can live with the Christians who act on their religion belief of separation of church and state… But Islam is the state which makes it collide with secularism. Real Islam cannot live with secularism… Show me one Islamic country which allows or acknowledges civil marriage… none… Whereas many Christian dominated governments allow the freedoms beyond the church’s dictates… 
        Lebanon is entrenched in this bullshit and the system does not allow civil freedoms unless dictated by religion… Islam as you know stampedes on women rights and because of this entanglement Christians hold on to their backward rules…For instance, let us examine the Lebanese system… A divorced woman/man in the Maronite church cannot remarry in the church… With no civil marriage allowed she has two options: 1. Change her religion, or 2. Leave to Cyprus to marry and then come back to Lebanon. Pathetic!
        and then take the Mout3a which is legalized prostitution and you have a solid society.

        • JS_Bach

          In my opinion, it is only a matter of different points on the temporal axis, rather than one religion being better than or superior to the other in the area of “minding its own business”. Grislam today is in its 1400’s. Where was Christianity in the 1400’s? In the Medieval ages. The Medieval Church was as violent, brutal, ignorant and entrenched in State, personal and civil matters as Grislam is today.

        • Dani38

          We all know some Maronite Lebanese men and women, single or divorced  indulge in Mout3a before marriage. As far as I know Mout3a is by mutual consent just like a premarital sexual affair among 2 Maronite is, is the latter prostitution? A good Christian ‘should’ not have sexual relations before marriage. Who are we to judge? 

        • 5thDrawer

          Going to Cyprus is good … the beaches are wonderful. ;-)

      • Hannibal

        agreed about Christianity’s past… But we live in the present :P

  • Fauzia45

    ¨Religion has caused more harm than any other idea since the beginning of time !¨Governments should look after the welfare of their people;,health,education,etc,, as for religion that is not their concern!!They only use religion to acquire political power and to fulfill their dreams!!It is a very useful tool and they will continue to use it ,since the masses believe them!!!!!!

  • Fauzia45

    ¨Religion has caused more harm than any other idea since the beginning of time !¨Governments should look after the welfare of their people;,health,education,etc,, as for religion that is not their concern!!They only use religion to acquire political power and to fulfill their dreams!!It is a very useful tool and they will continue to use it ,since the masses believe them!!!!!!

  • 5thDrawer

    As Aristotle said:
    “A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious… they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.”
    And in this case, he seems to have – so far – at least one mosque’s preacher comparing him to Muhammad … So …. like, wow man, he’s hitting the ‘top spot’ fast for sure …. almost with with the speed of twittering Twits who expect instant democracy and freedom to be had somewhere.
    Better hope he’s paying his ‘front man’ enough ….
    But it’s nice to see some are finding the will to shout down a preacher with “No to tyranny!”.

  • 5thDrawer

    As Aristotle said:
    “A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious… they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.”
    And in this case, he seems to have – so far – at least one mosque’s preacher comparing him to Muhammad … So …. like, wow man, he’s hitting the ‘top spot’ fast for sure …. almost with with the speed of twittering Twits who expect instant democracy and freedom to be had somewhere.
    Better hope he’s paying his ‘front man’ enough ….