Frederick Douglass

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them..." Frederick Douglass

Monday, December 19, 2011

Here's One For The Coincidence Theorists: Senior al-Azhar Sheikh Emad Effat shot dead during Cairo protests

The late Sheikh Effat, 52 years old, also made an extensive argument against SCAF[military authorities] after the Maspero incident where scores of Christians were killed in clashes with the military police. He called the Egyptians to unite and pressure for handing over of power from the military to civilians, and warned all Egyptians – especially Islamists – from falling into the trap of sectarianism and igniting a confrontation between Muslims and Christians in the way that extends the rule of the military.

This one might get some attention from the stocasticist-fundamentalists as the presumed assassin(s) and victim were both foreign (and as it serves the anti-Islamic meme so devoutly adhered to by our government and press). We Americans are assured 24/7/365 that there are countless eeeevildoers out there who never stop conspiring against us, and we, most of us anyway, believe it. Yet any suggestion that anyone in the American government would do the same elicits howls of rancorous protest, and the usual canard of "conspiracy theorist".

No, I don't know what happened, but we have a prestigious cleric who has criticized the military counterrevolutionary junta and cautioned all clergy to refrain from sectarianism, more specifically that variety of partisan religious strife which the junta has been zealously fomenting. In other words the Sheikh was saying precisely those things which the SCAF has been trying to suppress.

And now the Sheikh is dead.