It proves that my buddy Andy Bostom was right. back in January 2015:
Sisi Is Just Another Caliphate-Idealizing Apologist For Islam Whose In-Actions Speak Louder Than His Hollow Words
- DR.ANDREW BOSTOM: EL-SISI’S JIHAD AGAINST FREEDOM OF CONSIENCE…….
Bostom: ”One notable exception to his equivocating presentation style is al-Sisi’s unambiguous, repeated rejection of secularism. Al-Sisi’s anti-secular stance, as I will demonstrate, is a longstanding, widely prevalent view in Egypt, mirrored by the popularity of the Caliphate ideal amongst the country’s pre-eminent Islamic religious institutions, major religious leaders, and Muslim masses.”
NOTE: I have been privy to behind-the-scenes rantings and railings against Andy Bostom, (including against myself for supposedly being a ‘bigot’) by some high profile voices for being ”anti-Islam and anti-Muslim” etc etc.. Yet, none of them have been able to match Bostom’s observations and facts with credible competing facts of their own. This also includes the Iranian issue, concerning a viable anti-regime movement within Iran. The so called Green Movement was nothing more than a ‘Soylent Green’ (bowell) movement as noted by Bostom in 2009.
Just take a look at some of the typical maroons Bostom has to contend with, like Michael Ledeen.
H/T: Andy Bostom
Sisi may frequently pay homage to religious moderation and combating extremism, but his rhetoric is empty. He is simply trying to cozy up to the West as it search for partners to confront radical Islamist groups, and in doing so, legitimize his regime, which is still viewed with suspicion by the international community. Sisi’s comments might make for a good soundbite in the Western media, but do not mistake him for the Middle East’s long-awaited reformer.
Sisi’s Religious Revolution Falls Flat
In fact, since Sisi’s speech, al-Azhar—which is a state institution—has started to wage a campaign against those trying to renew and modernize religious discourse and counter the violent rhetoric exploited by groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). This came to a head with the recent court case brought against television preacher Islam al-Beheiry, the host of Al Kahera Wal Nas, a television program, on charges of “inciting strife and defaming great imams.”
During Holy Week, there were a number of attacks on Coptic churches, homes, and shops with the complicity of the security forces. In the village of Mayanat al-Waqf, for example, security forces reportedly stormed and desecrated a building affiliated with St. Joseph’s Church on the pretext that there was no authorization from the authorities to pray there.
Read the entire (and very infomrative) piece here.