CNN is reporting this morning that the Muslim Brotherhood has applied for political party status in Egypt:
The Brotherhood “envisions the establishment of a democratic, civil state that draws on universal measures of freedom and justice, with central Islamic values serving all Egyptians regardless of colour, creed, political trend or religion,” it said in the statement.
Although officially illegal, the Muslim Brotherhood is regarded as one of the most organized groups in Egypt.
It has said it does not plan to run a candidate for president when elections are held to replace Hosni Mubarak, who resigned on Friday.
That statement is quite different from what Ali Abdel Fattah, spokesman leader of the Brotherhood, was quoted saying in the USA Today yesterday:
The Brotherhood would seek “the preservation of honor” by stoning adulterers, punishing gays, requiring Muslim women to cover their heads and shoulders in public and killing Muslims who leave their faith, said Abdel Fattah, whose forehead bore the calluses of those who prostrate themselves five times a day in prayer.
As he spoke late Saturday, the “thump thump” of a cleaver could be heard just outside the unadorned office. A man was hacking up a calf on a wood stump, arranging the meat on a plastic sheet on the patio floor. A bright puddle of blood ran into the street as the animal was slaughtered for a feast celebrating the Brotherhood’s hopes for the future.
“We basically want a government that will take on the demands of the people that were clear in the revolution of Tahrir Square,” Abdel Fattah said. “Sharia law does not differ from the demands of the people.”
Scott at VerumSerum provided the link to the USA Today piece and adds:
…maybe I missed something but I don’t remember seeing Egyptian protestor talking about how badly they wanted Sharia Law, stonings, punishing gays, Muslim head coverings for women, honor killings, etc. I spent a lot of time watching FOX, CNN, MSNBC and BBC and I think I would have remembered people in Tahrir Square chanting about their desire to see a more conservative and repressive regime come to power in Egypt.
I guess what I am saying is this: this thing in Egypt is NOT over. Not even close.
Not over indeed.