Egypt’s President Mursi assumes sweeping powers

BBC News reports: “Egypt’s President Mohammed Mursi has issued a declaration banning challenges to his decrees, laws and decisions.

The declaration also says no court can dissolve the constituent assembly, which is drawing up a new constitution.

President Mursi also sacked the chief prosecutor and ordered the retrial of people accused of attacking protesters when ex-President Mubarak held office.

Egyptian opposition leader Mohammed ElBaradei accused Mr. Mursi of acting like a ‘new pharaoh’.

The president may feel he has gained power through his role as international mediator in the Gaza conflict, but his latest announcement is likely to cause new struggles inside Egypt, the BBC’s Jon Leyne in Cairo reports.

Thousands of protesters have returned to the streets around Cairo’s Tahrir Square demanding political reforms and the prosecution of security officials blamed for killing demonstrators last year…” (President Mursi wants to become a powerful new dictator over Egypt and lead the nation into a new area of Sharia law. 10,000 just marched in Egypt to make this a reality under the terroristic Islamic Muslim Brotherhood organization. The official motto of the Muslim Brotherhood is: “Allah is our objective; the Prophet is our leader; the Quran is our law…dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope”… as it promotes jihad, or holy war. This group is as deadly as al Qaeda or the murderous Taliban group. Christians should take a stand against the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood – Romans 16:7; Ephesians 5:11; I John 2:18; II John 1:9-11.)

Is Egypt about to become the new Iran?

The Telegraph.co.uk reports: “It is not only the anti-government protesters in Egypt’s Tahrir Square who should be concerned about President Mohammed Morsi’s audacious power grab. Mr. Morsi’s claim that ‘God’s will and elections made me the captain of this ship’ has echoes of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s claim during the 1979 Iranian revolution that his mission to overthrow the Shah enjoyed divine guidance.

Since his announcement that he was granting himself sweeping new powers, Mr. Morsi has been trying to reassure skeptical Egyptian voters that he has no ambition to become Egypt’s new Pharaoh. But you only have to look at the violent scenes that have once again erupted in Tahrir Square to see that the majority of Egyptians remain unconvinced.

When Egyptian demonstrators first occupied Tahrir Square last year to call for the overthrow of Mr. Morsi’s predecessor, President Hosni Mubarak, they were calling for a secular, democratic system of government that would represent the interests of all Egyptians, and not just the corrupt clique of presidential supporters. Similar sentiments were expressed by Iranian demonstrators during the build-up to the Shah’s overthrow in February 1979 as they sought to remove a similarly corrupt regime.

But as we now know to our cost, the worthy aspirations of the Iranian masses were hijacked by Khomeini’s hardline Islamist agenda, and within months of the Shah’s overthrow Iran had been transformed into an Islamic republic.

Mr. Morsi says he has no desire to become a dictator, but his announcement that, henceforth, all presidential decrees will be immune from legal challenge does not bode well for Egypt’s transition from military dictatorship to democracy.

I am sure I am not the only one wondering whether Mr. Morsi is about to become the new Ayatollah Khomeini…” (Iran wants to kill every Jew. They must try before their Shiite prophet Mahdi will come. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood hates Jews just as Iran does and wants to break the peace contract President Carter set up between Anwar Sadat [who the Brotherhood assassinated] and Menachem Begin. Both nations are equally dangerous. Frightful days are ahead for Israel – Matthew 24:9; John 16:2; Jeremiah 30:7; II Kings 17:34; Daniel 12:1; Matthew 24:21, 22.)

Egypt crisis raises fears of ‘second revolution’

Haaretz reports: “Faced with an unprecedented strike by the courts and massive opposition protests, Egypt’s Islamist president is not backing down in the showdown over decrees granting him near-absolute powers.

Activists warn that his actions threaten a ‘second revolution,’ but Mohammed Morsi faces a different situation than his ousted predecessor, Hosni Mubarak: He was democratically elected and enjoys the support of the nation’s most powerful political movement.

Already, Morsi is rushing the work of an Islamist-dominated constitutional assembly at the heart of the power struggle, with a draft of the charter expected…despite a walkout by liberal and Christian members that has raised questions about the panel’s legitimacy.

The next step would be for Morsi to call a nationwide referendum on the document. If adopted, parliamentary elections would be held by the spring.

Wednesday [November 28, 2012] brought a last-minute scramble to seize the momentum over Egypt’s political transition. Morsi’s camp announced that his Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists will stage a massive rally in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the plaza where more than 200,000 opposition supporters gathered a day earlier.

The Islamists’ choice of the square for the rally raises the possibility of clashes. Several hundred Morsi opponents are camped out there, and another group is fighting the police on a nearby street.

‘It is tantamount to a declaration of war,’ said liberal politician Mustafa al-Naggar, speaking on the private Al-Tahrir TV station…” (I believe an Egyptian bloodbath may soon shake up the Mideast again similar to Syria’s slaughter of 40,000 Muslim by Muslims, Alawites against Sunnis; a religious war between two Islamic denominations. Is it any wonder that religion is always the culprit behind hatred and slaughter in the Holy Bible, so much so that God has to place a qualifying word in James 1:27 “Pure religion…