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July 3, 2013 - 1:00 pm

After the Egyptian military announced the end of Mohamed Morsi’s rule flanked by both Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II and Grand Mufti Ahmed al-Tayeb, Islamists began predicting a purge of their kind in the new democratic Egypt.

The Muslim Brotherhood was not represented among the opposition leaders joining the leaders of Egypt’s two largest faiths and the powerful military figures.

“It is wonderful to see the Egyptian people taking back their stolen revolution in a peaceful way,” the Coptic pope said in a statement Tuesday.

The grand mufti, not considered conservative enough by the Muslim Brotherhood, said the “people have surprised and inspired the world through its elegant expression of their peaceful demands.”

Tayeb warned that “division will lead the country to a catastrophe, and it must end,” according to Al-Arabiya.

Khaled Daoud, spokesman of the main opposition National Salvation Front, said the leader of the coalition, Mohamed ElBaradei, sat down with the pope, the mufti and military leaders to plan the road map forward.

The Muslim Brotherhood was banned under Hosni Mubarak’s rule and began implementing heavy handed religious laws after coming to power. Copts were increasingly targeted by violence, one of the grievances that led to the largest protest in human history on Sunday.

Morsi reportedly called the pope before the Tamarod (“Rebel”) event to ask that he direct Copts not to participate in the protest. U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson, possibly the most unpopular person at Tamarod, reportedly tried to convince the pope of the same.

Tawadros II declined, maintaining Egypt’s Christians should exercise free speech.

“The speech of the president last night and before the 48 hours deadline did not achieve the goals of the people, which resulted that the armed forces, based on its own national and patriotic duty, to consult with several leaders, civic and religious and youth, which without excluding anyone,” Gen. Abdel Fatah Said Al-Sisi said in the military’s statement.

The general said their working group arrived at its road map to build an “Egyptian society, strong and stable, that will not exclude any one of its sons.”

 

 

 

UPDATE:

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Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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WHEN ARE WE GONNA GET A FEW MILLION TOGETHER TO GET RID OF OUR MUSLIM BROTHER IN THE 'HOOD??
42 weeks ago
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I think Little ol Jay Carney is gonna have an anneurism trying to spin this turd sandwich. Well, Uh, Um, ya know,er,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,ACKKKK!!
42 weeks ago
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The Egyptian military is heavily influenced by its American-trained officers. Here is the payoff for our years of investment in the Egyptian military. The seeds of free thinking have taken firm root, and now, just maybe, we will see a clear secularization of Egypt, one which will not need to be imposed in top-down fashion.

Of course, it will only last until the food runs out....
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Am I wrong for preferring the Egyptian military - and even Mohammad el-Baradei - to the MB? I find myself hoping the Egyptian army destroys MB and its followers. Maybe other armies in other countries will follow suit. And maybe Europe and the US will come to their senses.
41 weeks ago
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Islamists Freaking Out After Morsi Ouster.
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I donno', they seem normal ... for islamists.
41 weeks ago
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I had a two-year-old neice that acted like them. The average MB member seems to either get his way or pitch a massive, baby-style fit. I think the grownups in Egypt just decided to give baby Mohammed a time out. Hope it works.
41 weeks ago
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Can we get rid of this DagnyCarter guy?
41 weeks ago
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I guess the Islamic Revolution doesn't have a Brezhnev Doctrine after all.
41 weeks ago
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It would be just like a representative of Our Fearless Leader™ to try to stop freedom of speech.
Particularly from Christians.
41 weeks ago
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I wonder just how large the Christian population is in Egypt and how interdisperse they are among the population. It's easy to persecute a group you have no relations with. It's harder to persecute a group that are your neighbors, colleagues, and friends.
41 weeks ago
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Nonsense. Ask any Jew of a certain age how easy it is for people to persecute their neighbors, colleagues, and friends.
41 weeks ago
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Are we totally blind to the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood presence in the U.S.A. is bigger than Egypt's MB presence????? We have MB operatives in every facet of our government for goodness sake!! Time to dismantle the MB at home FIRST; then it will crumble elsewhere because the funds will dry up.
Maybe we should ask Obama if the ring he's wearing is the same as Morsi's?
42 weeks ago
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Obama Inc is directly responsible for any civil war to come. IF not for his halal-approved ouster of Mubabrak, back in Cairo in 2009, the country wouldn't be on the brink. Now no one should posit that any sort of western democracy is going to spring forth. Hooey and phooey. A mix of Nasserism, pan Arabism and socialism is much more likely. If you know the history of the region, then this is a more than likely outcome.
But that is a far cry from Islamists at their throats - literally.

Alas, the deposing of Morsi is the deposing of Obama's "made man" - http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/13/coming-full-circle-the-planned-empowerment-of-the-muslim-mafia-aka-brotherhood-via-egypt-most-populous-arab-country-under-the-guidance-of-barack-hussein-obama-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Thought experiment: how about deposing Obama Inc.? After all, the swirling scandals should be enough to land the who;e crew in jail - for life!

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
42 weeks ago
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Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak didn't ban the Muslim Brotherhood from open participation in politics because of some authoritarian bent or any prejudice against islam. They banned them, chased them, and imprisoned them because they were and are a radical and violent group of evil totalitarian terrorists.

The idea that an election would convert them from murderous villains to liberal supporters of an open and democratic society was always beyond naive, just plain foolish. And yet, this is the Obama strategy.

It's working about as well as all his other policies.
42 weeks ago
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Damn. Another bad day for Barry. Oh well, surely there are some other America-hating aspirants that he can throw America's name and honor towards.
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