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Muslim Brotherhood may spell trouble for minorities in Egypt

White House warns Egypt that it will not tolerate religious bigotry

The Muslim Brotherhood victory in Egypt may spell trouble there for that country’s Christian and minority populations.

During the 2011 protests during the Egyptian Revolution, many Christians were singled out for attacks by those who voted for Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s newly elected leader who defeated his opponent Ahmed Shafiq who was close with deposed leader Mubarak.

Even though Morsi has stepped down from the Muslim Brotherhood, the organization was critical in his recent victory. Morsi has stated he will treat everyone “equally” even though his entire campaign manifesto was drafted by the Muslim Brotherhood.

The White House said in a statement warning Morsi:

“We believe in the importance of the new Egyptian government upholding universal values, and respecting the rights of all Egyptian citizens — including women and religious minorities such as Coptic Christians,” Carney said. “Millions of Egyptians voted in the election, and President-elect Morsi and the new Egyptian government have both the legitimacy and responsibility of representing a diverse and courageous citizenry.”

Republican Allen West had this to say about the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood:

“A year ago there were those of us who warned the Obama administration of a Muslim Brotherhood takeover in Egypt. We were castigated as alarmists and loose cannons. Today our predictions have come to reality and the ominous specter reminding us of the Iranian revolution is evident,” he wrote. “Clearly the Arab Spring is nothing more than a radical Islamic nightmare. Now we need to unequivocally reiterate our support to the Coptic Christians and Israel.”

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