The PJ Tatler

Muslim Brotherhood gaining the upper hand in Egypt

Miles away. That’s where a lot of us saw this coming from.

Officials of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s leading Islamic group, have called for the establishment of a Saudi-style modesty police to combat “immoral” behavior in public areas in what observers say in another sign  of a growing Islamic self-confidence in the post-Mubarak era.

Yup. The Muslim Brotherhood has what we in the West lack: confidence. They’re scratching their beards and swaggering to power.

“Despite the attacks against the salafi movement, it is constantly advancing – untouched by the attack,” Abd Al-Azim told Al-Masry Al-Youm. “If the Christians want safety they should submit to the rule of God and be confident that the Islamic sharia [law] will protect them.”

Protect them indeed, in a second-class status called “dhimmitude” in which their rights are severely curbed. If they want protection. And if they don’t? They have freedom of choice — to die, or to leave.

But it was not only Islamic fundamentalists who foresaw a growing role for Islam in Egypt. In an editorial published in the New York Times April 1, Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa, the country’s leading religious figure, condemned the attacks saying they harmed Islamic unity.  But he said the world must expect a more Islamic, albeit tolerant, Egypt.

More Islamic and tolerant at the same time? The Grand Mufti is funnier than Charlie Sheen.