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Rise of Egypt's Morsi should be of concern

9:00 AM EDT, June 15, 2012

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The characterization by Adil E. Shamoo and Bonnie Bricker ("Egypt's hopeful path," June 7) of Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate for the upcoming Egyptian presidential runoff, as a moderate is an exercise in wishful thinking. The Arabic website of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood regularly features articles denying the Holocaust and warning Muslims against the covetous and exploitative nature of the "Jewish character," extolling jihad and martyrdom, and condemning Egypt's peace treaty with Israel.

Mr. Morsi has reportedly stated that Egypt's Coptic Christians need to "convert, pay tribute, or leave," and last month, he attended a campaign rally where a cleric told a cheering crowd that he would restore "the United States of the Arabs" whose capital would be Jerusalem. Contrary to the authors' view, a Morsi victory will be a defeat for Christians, women, secular Muslims, the West, and for the democratic process itself.

Jay Bernstein, Baltimore