Democracy means more than just getting a majority to support you in the polls. It means rule by the people. It also means rule by the different peoples that live in a society.
In Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood failed to rule for all the Egyptian peoples. They ruled in the name of a certain section of Sunni Muslims population. The Christian’s Jews and other Muslims were ignored and they were treated like 2nd class citizens by the government. The economic crisis was made worse by the government. Economics should be the number 1 priority of any government. The economic crisis and the divisive politics that the Muslim Brotherhood believed in led to the protests and the army moving in to defuse the crisis. I hope that an inclusive government can be created. I hope a new real democratic constitution can be made by and for the people of Egypt. I hope that Turkey can be free as well from its present government.
We in Ireland cannot look at what is happening in the Middle East with a feeling of pride. We in Ireland North and South created religious states were the minority were treated as 2nd class citizens. I hope we don’t go to the opposite extreme and ban religion from public life. We need to create a Republic that respects peoples of all religions and none. States should deal with the material interests of the people. Religions should deal with the spiritual interests of peoples.”Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and render to God the things that are God’s.”