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Religious freedom could lead to devil worship: Salafist leader

Yasser Borhamy says recently published draft constitution is different to version agreed by Constituent Assembly, religious freedom could lead to devil worship and apostasy

Ahram Online, Tuesday 16 Oct 2012
Yasser Burhamy, the leader of the Salafist Call
Yasser Burhamy, the leader of the Salafist Call
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The latest draft of the constitution does not reflect what was agreed by the Constituent Assembly, Salafist assembly member Yasser Borhamy said Tuesday.

Several articles that had been agreed upon by the assembly, and others that had been suggested for inclusion, had been removed from the latest draft, Borhamy said via a statement on the Salafist Nour Party's Facebook page.

"We will not compromise on several of the removed articles," Borhamy said, especially those relating to rights and freedoms.

He added that rights and freedoms should only be protected under the constitution if they do not "violate society's norms." He did not elaborate on what those norms were.

He said some freedoms should be restricted to prevent other norms from being violated.

Borhamy further complained that freedom of religious belief, which was left unrestricted by the new draft, might lead to "devil worship or apostasy from Islam."

He said Salafists would hold mass demonstrations if Article 2 of the constitution was not changed. Salafists have been pressing hard for 'Islamic Sharia' to be the main source of legislation in Egypt, rather than the 'principles of Islamic Sharia' as currently stated by the article.

"Those who voted for President Morsi only chose him so he would apply Islamic Sharia," he claimed.

The Constituent Assembly published on Wednesday the first official draft of the constitution for public debate.

The Supreme Administrative Court is scheduled to look into appeals against the assembly on Tuesday.

Several lawsuits have been filed challenging the constitutionality of the assembly and the mechanism for choosing its members.

The High Constitutional Court already ruled in June against the constitutionality of the People's Assembly (lower house of parliament), which chose the 100 members of the constituent assembly.  

Borhamy is a professional surgeon who began his preaching activities in the 1970s. He contributed to the establishment of the Salafist Call in Egypt and is a member of the movement's six-man Trustees Council.

 
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Carole T.
08-11-2012 09:44pm
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Freedom of Speech?
He's lucky. Under Mubarak he'd be sitting in jail. It's only by virtue of the new "democracy" that he's allowed to spew forth his vitriolic crap at all. If Morsy let's the Salafist movement gain inroads to forming the constitution this country is in deep trouble.
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Victor Purinton
23-10-2012 07:01am
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War Is Coming
War has been inevitable since the Mubarak oppression was lifted. Salafists will take up arms before agreeing to anything less than an explicit statement in the constitution that Sharia is the law, but such a thing will never happen. Too many people already understand that this simply brings another form of oppression. This is why Salafists do not believe in democracy. We will see the same thing in Tunisia and Libya. The Arab Spring is seen by Islamist fundamentalists as a chance to take power, and they are ready to continue the fighting if that's what it takes, democracy or no.
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williamcarr
17-10-2012 11:23am
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william carr
religion makes these people insane
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J Mohamed
17-10-2012 10:04am
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Freedom of belief
A human being is free to believe or not believe in Allah according to Quran. The Salafist preacher should allow people to exercise their inalienable rights to freedom of conscience. That freedom includes the rights to devil worship and apostacy from Islam.
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Guest
17-10-2012 08:58am
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Obsessed with the devil
Most probably he's obsessed with the devil himself, otherwise such a strange idea would never occur to him.
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Aladdin, Egypt
16-10-2012 10:50pm
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Balsmophy
Salfies ideology is against ALlah (SWT) Law and his prophet (SAWS Sunnah. Allah (SWT) never deligate his authority to anyone to judge and forbid killing others. SHame on you!
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Dina
16-10-2012 10:37pm
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Sick
It looks like he took a hot rod and burned his forehead. I love how these liars go around saying they get this mark from praying. There is no way. Its absolutely disgusting.
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Bryan
16-10-2012 10:16pm
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Told you so...
I predicted this back in November and all my rich Egyptian friends said it would never happen....now who is right...fools.
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Karim
16-10-2012 11:36pm
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give it back
Tell your rich friends to give the money back since it`s common in egypt that rich folks got the money by illegal activities.
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Kevin
16-10-2012 08:34pm
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Egyptian democracy is a joke...
"religious freedom could lead to devil worship and apostasy" Muslim nations will NEVER live in a real democracy until religious freedom and women's rights are granted. Never. This man is pretty much saying, "if you are not a Salafist, then you are an infidel." Go Islam!, lol.
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A.K.
17-10-2012 03:32pm
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Dear Kevin,
With democracy and freedom of speech, you get people like him talking extreme views rejected by the majority for sure. The onus now is on the people to go voting next time (and do not be lazy) and elect to parliament moderate and rational thinkers. In democracy, it is the ballot box who determines who governs and which policies. Need to get these people back to their box !!
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Taz
16-10-2012 06:53pm
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That's a strange logic...
What if someone wants to worship the devil, what is it for him?. Most Western countries allow absolute freedom of religion, what's the percentage of their population that are devil worshipper?.
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