Egypt now has a draft constitution – How would you vote?

The assembly tasked with creating Egypt‘s post-revolution constitution has passed a draft “document”, so what now happens is that it gets put to the public vote – that must happen within 30 days. If you could vote, then how would you actually vote?

It may appear to be an easy decision, because it is as insane as you might expect it to be due to the Islamic domination of the drafting assembly. All the minority liberal representatives walked out in disgust due to the antics of the religious nutters, so it is in fact an Islamic wet dream come true.

So what could they possibly have made a hash of? Oh come on, you can guess, it is exactly what you would expect …

– Its ambiguous language on human rights, minority rights and freedom of expression

– Its concentration on enshrining sharia law as the basis for legislature

– Its protection of army privileges, including the ability to try civilians in military courts.

– It has an article that prohibits an insult or slander of any person, so there goes free speech

– The right of religious practice was included, but restricted to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, so everybody else is stuffed.

The voting choice is apparently obvious to any sane person, this is clearly no basis for any society to run itself by, so a “No” vote is wholly appropriate. Oh but wait … what happens if this draft gets shot down?

To give it some context, remember that Egypt has been plunged into a crisis since a self-issued decree by Morsi gave him sweeping powers and immunity from judicial challenges. That also applied to the constituent assembly and made it immune from legal challenges (which were already under way and had been expected to be decided in December).

In that context here is what the choices are :

No = The Morsi decree stays, and he remains a dictator

Yes = Poison the country’s political atmosphere for years to come and will also see a considerable decline in basic human rights

Either way, it’s a disaster.

This of course might be the real motivation behind Morsi’s decree, it was not his desire to grasp power for himself, but rather to ensure that when the draft goes to the vote, there would be a sufficient reason for people to vote for it, because people might then be willing to accept this Islamic constitution in order to put an end to the decree.

It’s all scary stuff, their patter reminds me in many way of the promises issued in the early days of the Iranian regime.

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