An Egyptian government commission investigating the crackdown on pro-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators last year has come to a bold conclusion: Egypt must ban political parties subscribing to Political Islam.
Clarion Project “We highly recommend that political Islam parties be dissolved in accordance with Article 74 of Egypt’s 2014 Constitution and also in order to safeguard society against the reactionary ideology of these factions which like to mix religion with politics,” the study concludes.
It says, “The lesson we must learn from this experience is that political Islam forces must not be allowed to exercise politics in this country” and the “Muslim Brotherhood and other political Islam factions usually favors armed confrontation at the expense of peaceful dialogue.”
The official presentation of the report opened with a video designed to expose the Brotherhood’s deception and hijacking of the democratic process and how it threatens every segment of society. It began with footage of President Morsi promising to abide by the constitution.
The film then chronicles Morsi’s dictatorial actions. It features how the Brotherhood preached against virtually every part of society — Coptic Christians, secular Muslims, the ruling government, the military, the judiciary, the media and Al-Azhar University, the top school of Sunni jurisprudence.
The commission determined that the military’s overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood at the request of millions of Egyptian protestors was necessary because the group “adopted the strategy of scorched earth and were about to plunge Egypt into a civil war.”
The study came up with about 60 recommendations. Here are some of the more important ones:
Chairman Riad said a campaign must begin towards “reforming religious discourse, promoting tolerance, and helping Coptic Christians restore their churches.”
It calls for a “complete vision” to address radical ideologies. Components should include:
- Dissolution of political parties that are based on political Islam/Islamism and prevent such ideologies from having political participation
- Ban parties based on religion, as already outlawed in the constitution
- Create a separation between religious preaching and political activism
- Create a separation between unions and political groups
- Develop measures to counter radical religious and financial influence
- Ban the incitement of violence but “stress freedom of expression.”
- Use Al-Azhar University to promote “moderate Islam”
- Cultural, educational and religious institutions should study the causes of violence
- Such institutions must advocate for democracy and human rights and promote peaceful activism through protests.
- Ban media campaigns from inciting hatred, violence and exclusion
- Promote family values by educating the populace about the need to prevent children from being influenced by radicalism or criminals.
- Regulate television so that programs “present the truth and expose lies in an objective way and not with disrespect to others or with inciting language.”