Unlimited Access. Try it Today! Your First 10 Days Always $0.99

Readers Respond

News Opinion Readers Respond

What's so moderate about Muslim Brotherhood?

Your recent editorial regarding Egypt ("The revolution betrayed," Dec. 22) refers to "the moderately Islamist Muslim Brotherhood," biggest winner so far in Egypt's parliamentary voting, and to the country's "weak secular and liberal parties."

The secular and liberal parties are weak, if not uniformly secular or liberal, and they evidence strong anti-capitalist and anti-Semitic influences. But what is moderate about the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party so far could be campaign and coalition tactics, not strategy.

"Islamist" is a dry, academic term for Islamic fundamentalist. The Brotherhood was founded in 1928 to combat liberal Western influences in Egypt, specifically those brought by the country's British imperial overseers and exemplified by America's "Roaring '20s." The group's credo still asserts that "Allah is our goal; the Prophet is our guide; the Quran is our constitution; Jihad is our way; and death for the glory of Allah is our greatest ambition."

Under a government led by "moderate" Brotherhood members, would Egyptian Muslims be allowed to convert to another religion, women enjoy equality with men, or minorities like the Coptic Christians — 10 percent of the country's population and now hunkered down in fear of renewed violence — exercise equal rights? The Sun earlier reported on a handful of former Brotherhood members who'd formed a new party, breaking away to support a "vision of Egypt that is more tolerant and secular than the political ideology of the Brotherhood ("Role of Islam in politics at crossroads in Egypt," Nov. 27).

Your editorial view of the Muslim Brothers has leaped far ahead of your news coverage.

Eric Rozenman, Washington, D.C.

The writer is Washington director of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Slouching toward democracy
    Slouching toward democracy

    Our view: Egypt's Mohamed Morsi must seize the opportunity presented by his historic election as president

  • Egyptian election results are tragic

    Since it has been determined to be absolutely necessary to overthrow the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, even though Egypt and Israel had managed to co-exist for several decades, the results are now a tragedy ("Islamist wins Egypt presidency," June 25).

  • An unsettled, Islamist Egypt threatens U.S. national security

    President Obama appears ready this week to reinstate $1.5 billion in military aid to Egypt. The International Monetary Fund, with a nod from the U.S., is negotiating a $3.2 billion loan to bail out its broke rulers. Why?

  • On Freddie Gray death, mayor can't hide behind Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights
    On Freddie Gray death, mayor can't hide behind Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights

    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has been obfuscating about the status of the police investigation into the arrest and death of Freddie Gray ("Gray dies a week after his arrest," April 20). She told CNN Monday morning that officers involved could not yet be questioned due to the Maryland police officers'...

  • 'Rain tax' repeal makes for a stronger law
    'Rain tax' repeal makes for a stronger law

    With the end of Maryland's legislative session and the passage of SB 863, which repealed the Republican dubbed "rain tax" (properly, the stormwater remediation fee), many believed that protection for the Chesapeake Bay against pollution might have diminished ("Repeal of 'rain tax' requirement yet...

  • AFL-CIO: Where are Mikulski, Cardin, Hoyer, Harris and Delaney on fast track?
    AFL-CIO: Where are Mikulski, Cardin, Hoyer, Harris and Delaney on fast track?

    Recently, we heard that five members of Maryland's Congressional Delegation committed to stand with working families and vote no on pending fast track trade authority legislation ("Give Obama 'fast track' authority," April 17). The decision by Reps. Elijah Cummings, Donna Edwards, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger,...

  • Just who is paying women less, and how?
    Just who is paying women less, and how?

    In reference to the April 19 article by Lorraine Mirabella about gender-based pay disparities ("Gender-based pay disparities persist in Maryland"): Society is well aware there's a pay gap problem. Now it's time to concentrate on a fix, like pay scales. To fix the pay gap problem, identify the where...

  • The virtues of instant replay
    The virtues of instant replay

    Replay and Review has been used in Major League Baseball in some form for a little less than three years. Every year has seen a change in the exact operations, and this past season was clearly the biggest change yet ("Some thoughts on MLB's new pace of game measures and modified replay rules,"...