A big Blue Pill vendor is confused. Read this New York Times editorial on the failure of Arab Spring to unleash (supposedly suppressed) forces of tolerance and freedom.
Even in a region where violence has become all too commonplace, the killing of four Shiite men in Egypt last weekend seemed particularly vicious. According to news reports, a cheering Sunni Muslim mob armed with clubs, swords and machetes raided a house in a Cairo suburb where about 30 people were marking a religious festival and beat, stabbed and lynched the four men. Video footage showed the victims’ bodies, bloodied and motionless, being dragged through the streets. Among those killed was a prominent Shiite cleric, Hassan Shehata.
Given that 84% of Egyptian Muslims favor death for those who leave Islam it is hard to see an elected Sunni Muslim Brotherhood theocracy and its subjects should be expected to be tolerant toward religious minorities. Middle Eastern populations are notable for their illiberalism. So how to explain the Western left's embrace of multi-culturalism?
At the onset of the Arab Spring in late 2010 and early 2011, many world leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama, expressed hope that the political uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa would lead to greater freedoms for the people of the region, including fewer restrictions on religious beliefs and practices. But a new study by the Pew Research Center finds that the region’s already high overall level of restrictions on religion – whether resulting from government policies or from social hostilities – continued to increase in 2011.
Before the Arab Spring, government restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion were higher in the Middle East and North Africa than in any other region of the world.1 Government restrictions in the region remained high in 2011, while social hostilities markedly increased. For instance, the number of countries in the region experiencing sectarian or communal violence between religious groups doubled from five to 10.
Fundamental tenets of the left's secular faith are based on falsehoods about humanity.
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